There were 2 more playoff games on Sunday with 2 more teams making a second attempt to close out their respective series. Both teams failed meaning game 7s on Tuesday. Former Islanders helped out (big time help!) in one of those two outings. Here is a look:
Washington defenseman Tom Poti had a dream game scoring a goal and adding 3 assists for an impressive 4 point effort as the Capitals downed the host New York Rangers 5-3 to pull their series even at 3-3. Poti was, of course, the first star for his effort. In 6 playoff games this postseason he has 6 points on 2 goals and 4 assists. With 1 goal and 4 assists Poti has had 5 points over the last 2 games alone. Not known as an offensive source in the postseason, Poti now has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) on 37 playoff games. Poti has literally doubled his postseason points in this series and with the 4 point game literally boosted his playoff scoring by 50 percent! Scoring the game winning goal for the Caps was center Viktor Kozlov. He snapped a 4 game point-less streak and now has 2 goals in the 6 games. The winning tally was Koz's first in the playoffs and he now has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) on 27 postseason games. For the 2nd straight game Rangers' backup goaltender Stephen Valiquette made a 3rd Period start stopping a meager 2 shots in his 20 minute stint. Vali has 2 no decisions on his playoff career with 9 saves on 9 shots for a 0.00 goals against average. (Maybe the Rags should start him in Game 7!)
Check back soon as we wind down the first round here at FIW.