Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Playoff Roundup Day 1

The Playoffs have FINALLY started and hockey fans were treated to at least one early great game.
I am referring to the fast paced Game 1 between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. The Rangers won 4-3 and for the Capitals and all their fans, their Goaltending nightmare might have become a reality.  Before the series started, many questions surfaced about whether Jose Theodore would be able to lead the otherwise juggernaut Washington team to the promise land.  There were many who said he was not an elite goaltender and could not outplay the likes of Brodeur, Lundqvist, Luongo and Nabokov.  There were also many who said it would not be a concern, since Theodore had never lost an opening Playoff series (2002 and 2004 with the Canadiens and 2006 and 2008 with the Avalanche)  These people forgot to mention that after the opening series, Jose has gone 2-14....
Early in the game it seemed that Washington would take control, but King Henrik stood on his head and played an admirable game, the same could not be said for Theo who only made 17 saves and looked lost on all 4 goals scored on him, especially the winner after Brandon Dubinsky ABSOLUTELY UNDRESSED JEFF SCHULTZ.
Watch the highlights on Sportscentre.
In other opening games:
  • New Jersey manhandled Carolina 4-1.
  • Pittsburgh dismantled Philly 4-1, in a game that got very chippy by the end.
  • Vancouver hung on to a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues
The Habs play tomorrow expect a preview that will be up sometime during the afternoon.

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