Monday, May 5, 2008

Sunday May 4

The Conference Semifinals resumed on Sunday as both teams with series control did what they needed to do to shut down their respective series. Yet again, there was no Former Islander action of note. Here is a look at the results:

* Despite the hearty come-from-behind effort, the New York Rangers season came to end as the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Blueshirts 3-2 in OT to take the series 4 games to 1. The Rangers overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring 2 goals in 1:22 in the 3rd Period to force OT. It only took Marian Hossa 7:10 of ice time in the sudden death frame to stuff home a misdirection off captain Sidney Crosby. The secondary assist was courtesy of Hossa-trade addition Pascal Dupuis. Hossa and Dupuis received redemption after having played on the Atlanta Thrashers squad that got swept by the Rangers in the first round of last year's playoffs.

* The third time was a charm for the Dallas Stars who needed 4OT frames to beat the San Jose Sharks. The host Stars won the series 4-2 after surviving the 8th longest game in NHL history and having nearly blown a 3-0 series lead. Dallas captain Brenden Morrow stuffed home the winner 9:03 in to the 4th OT. Five of the six contests in this series were determined by a one goal difference.

Check in later in the week as the Conference Finals commence on Thursday May 8. Only a couple of Former Islanders are still in the running: Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood and Philadelphia role player Jim Dowd.

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