Sunday, May 6, 2007

Thursday May 3

With one game on Thursday night there was a chance we would see our first team clich a conference final berth and we did. The Anaheim Ducks needed 24+ minutes of overtime to pull off a 2-1 thriller at home over the Vancouver Canucks to clinch the series 4 games to 1. Here is a brief look at the FI action:
  • A great performer until the very end, Roberto Luongo stopped 56 of 58 shots, but it was the one that slipped by him 4:30 into the second overtime frame that cost Vancouver a shot at the Stanley Cup. After missing the first few minutes of the first OT owing to an equipment problem, Luongo returned and looked to be in top form stopping 10 consecutive extra frame shots. Despite a wonderful playoff debut Luongo finished with a losing record going 5-7 in his 12 games. His other stats were fabulous as he finished with a 1.77 goals against average, a .941 save percentage on 402 saves against 427 shots. He averaged 33.5 saves per night while playing the equivalent of over 14 actually games in minutes. We at FIW are hoping this is just the start of great things for Luongo and the playoffs.
  • A name we do not see often popped up in this game. Josh Green received the primary assist on the Vancouver goal that knotted the game at 1. It was Green's first point of the playoffs in 9 games. The point, his first in the postseason, snapped an 11 game scoreless streak dating back to the 2001 playoff.

Check back soon for other series highlights.

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