Forward Recap: Bickell, Vermette, Oshie, Backstrom, Neil
(4/15/12) There were a few notable forward performances on Saturday night, some of them coming from unexpected sources.
In Phoenix, the Coyotes blew a one goal lead with five seconds to go (the second straight game they have lost the lead in the final 20 seconds of the game), and this time it cost them as the Hawks got the OT winner from Bryan Bickell. It was Bickell's second goal of the game. Antoine Vermette scored twice for the Coyotes, and Torres, Sharp and Bollig also scored. This series is all tied up 1-1. Note: "Mr. Playoffs" David Bolland had an assist on Bickell's first goal.
In Boston, the Pouliot/Rolston/Kelly line continues to lead the Bruins offensively. They combined on Pouliot's first of the playoffs. Brouwer and Backstrom scored for the Caps, who took the game 2-1 in OT.
In New York, the Ottawa Senators dressed their toughest line-up possible, dropped the gloves often, and hung around long enough to get a 3-2 OT win. Foligno and Neil (OT GWG) scored for Ottawa, even Konopka had an assist. Rangers' tough guy Brian Boyle scored his second in as many games.
Matt Carkner was ejected after unleashing the tool box on Boyle in the early goings of the first period. Dubinsky got the gate as well for being the third man into the altercation. Both teams' offensive stars looked out of their element in this fist-filled affair.
Finally in St. Louis, the Blues looked every bit the contender, handing the Sharks a 3-0 loss. Backes (1G), Oshie (2A) and McDonald (1 PPG) combined for 4 points. Sobotka played well and scored the game's opening goal. This one was also a fight-filled event, with 147 penalty minutes handed out in total by the end of the game.