Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday April 19

There were 4 more games on tap as the 2009 NHL playoffs chugged along on Sunday. Former Islanders again helped out in half the competitions (2). Here is a summation:

Tough Philadelphia winger (aren't they all?) Arron Asham assisted on the first insurance goal as the Flyers crushed the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 to narrow the Pens' series lead to 2-1. Ash now has 1 assist on 3 playoff games this postseason. The helper was Asham's first postseason since April 13, 2008 while with the New Jersey Devils snapping a 4 playoff game point-less streak. Asham has 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) on his 26 playoff game career. Assisting on the Pens' first goal was winger Ruslan Fedotenko. The point was the first of the postseason for Fedo in 3 games and snapped a 12 playoff game goal-less streak dating back to June 7, 2004 when Tank netted both goals in the Stanley Cup winning Game 7 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo did it again stopping 24 of 26 shots as the Canucks edged the host St. Louis Blues 3-2 and put them on the edge of elimination as the 'Nucks now own a 3-0 series lead. Luongo, who was not as solid as his first 2 games, has won 3 straight games and is sporting some impressive numbers with a 1.00 goals against average, a .963 save percentage and 1 shutout.

Check back with FIW for more playoff updates and highlights.

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