Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Thursday April 17

While the 2008 NHL Quarterfinals roll along teams are slowly but surely being knocked out of competition. There were 5 games on Thursday night but no series wrapped up. Former Islanders lent their help in a few of those tilts. Let us look at the action:

* The Philadelphia Flyers pulled off a 4-3 2OT win over the visiting Washington Capitals to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The loss puts Ovechkin and Co. up against the ropes.

* The Boston Bruins avoided elimination winning 5-1 over the host Canadiens to make it a 3-2 series lead in favor of Montreal. Rookie FI Petteri Nokelainen assisted on the game winning tally 3:31 in to the 3rd period. Nokelainen has 2 assists on 5 games in this postseason. First star of the game Zdeno Chara had a powerplay insurance goal only moments later. It was the first point for Chara in 5 games snapping a 4 game drought to start the Quarterfinal series.

* The host Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 to grab a commanding 3-1 series lead. Ducks' defenseman Mathieu Schneider had the lone Anaheim goal coming with 8 seconds left in regulation. The point was Schneider's first of the playoffs and his first since May 2, 2007 while still with the Detroit Red Wings.

* The Colorado Avalanche edged the host Minnesota Wild 3-2 to grab a decisive 3-2 lead in their matchup.

* The up-and-down competition between San Jose and Calgary continued as the Sharks pulled off a 4-3 win to take a 3-2 lead over the Flames.

Check in soon for more updates at FIW.

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