First Night Round Up
(4/12/12) What a great start to the playoffs, as all three games on the schedule were within one goal late into the third period, and we even got our first taste of overtime.
In Pittsburgh, the Pens jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, and Pascal Dupuis, but they let their guard down and saw the Flyers storm back to send the game to OT. Danny Briere potted the first two markers for the Flyers, and then rookie Brayden Schenn tied the game in the third. Just over two minutes into the extra frame Jakub Voracek picked up the garbage and buried a rebound to complete the comeback and give the Flyers a 4-3 win and 1-0 series lead. Considering we named Dupuis, Briere, and Voracek as sleepers in the Playoff Guide, we're out to a pretty good start. Check out the highlights...
In Nashville, the Preds took Game One by a score of 3-2 thanks to a lucky bounce in the first period that led to a goal by Paul Gaustad, and also thanks to a pair of tallies from Gabriel Bourque. For the Wings, Henrik Zetterberg notched his first goal of the playoffs, and another of our sleepers, Tomas Holmstrom, scored late but Detroit was unable to draw even.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver the Canucks looked lethargic at times against the Kings, as LA seemed to constantly be on the attack. A late goal by Dustin Penner put the Kings ahead for good, and an empty-netter from Dustin Brown sealed the 4-2 Game One win. Mike Richards had a solid outing, opening the scoring and adding a pair of helpers, and Jeff Carter also recorded two assists of his own. For the Canucks, Alex Burrows and Alex Edler tallied in a losing effort.