Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wednesday April 16

With 3 games on the schedule on Wednesday, things continue to be busy in the opening round of the 2008 NHL Playoffs. One series has already wrapped up. Former Islanders lent their help to a couple of teams. Let us look at the action:

* The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off the only sweep of the first round after beating the Senators 3-1 on Ottawa ice. After 1-2-1 in their season series against the Sens, the Pens pulled off their first playoff sweep since the 2nd round of the 1992 playoffs - a span of 20 series without the broom making an appearance.

* Martin Straka continues to play well for the New York Rangers as they offensively charged Blueshirts took a 3-1 series lead over the New Jersey Devils with a 5-3 win at home. Straka assisted on the game winner with 3:13 remaining in regulation and added a goal earlier in the game. Straka, the 2nd star of the game, has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) on 4 games. All of those points have come in the last 2 competitions.

* Chris Osgood finally saw some playoff time. After being snubbed last year, Ozzie made a relief appearance for the ill-performing Dominik Hasek as the Detroit Red Wings were edged 3-2 by the host Nashville Predators. The Preds evened the series at 2 wins a piece. Osgood played the final 33 minutes stopping all 13 shots he faced. His appearance was his first in the postseason since April 15, 2004, over 4 years ago! At that time he was the starting goaltender for the St. Louis Blues who were dropped in 5 games in a first round matchup against the San Jose Sharks.

Check in soon for more playoff news, updates and highlights at FIW.

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