Hey all! The Wild may be out, but the Yelnats aren't over. We've got two series left to cover in the first round. We have game 7 between the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche and we have game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes. I've watched both games this time around, so we're getting our first look into the Canes-Leafs matchup. What we know about that series is that the Leafs' first line, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul, have dominated. Each one of them are in the top 5 in points in the NHL. However, Cam Ward has been lights out. He's been one of the best goalies in the playoffs and is the reason the Canes are still alive. Meanwhile, the Colorado-Edmonton series has been as tight as can be, with mostly low-scoring affairs.
Make the jump for the Round 1 conclusion.
: Game 7
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes: Game 7
Low shooting period, but the Canes added 2 goals to nail the Leafs' Yelnats coffin. Tim Gleason scored another long range goal for the Canes, assisted by Eric Staal and Jussi Jokinen and Brandon Sutter got his 3rd of the series deking James Reimer out on a breakaway. Anthony Stewart picked up another assist and Jaroslav Spacek got one as well. The Canes suffocated the Leafs' offense the rest of the way, preventing them from even having a prayer. Once again, Cam Ward was exceptionnal and he was the difference in the series. 4-1 the final score, the Canes are moving on to the second round.