By the end of the night each of the 16 playoff teams had a taste of the 2009 NHL playoffs. Former Islanders came out to help in 3 of the 4 Thursday night contests. Here is a quick look:
Boston captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara netted the game winning powerplay goal just over 11 minutes into the 3rd Period as the Bruins downed the visiting Montreal Canadiens 4-2. Chara scored for the 2nd time in his last 4 playoff games. The score was the first game winner in the postseason for Chara and the 3rd powerplay tally he has scored at this time of year making it 1 extra man goal in each of the last 3 playoffs he has been in. The Bs took an early 1-0 series lead in a flip-flop rematch of last seasons 1st round matchup.
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced as the Red Wings took advantage of a key Columbus error to beat the visiting Blue Jackets 4-1. This capped off the BJs first franchise playoff game giving Detroit a 1-0 series lead. Ozzie continues his good playoff work winning for the 15th time in his last 19 postseason starts. The defending champs, the Wings jump out to an early 1-0 series lead.
Calgary left winger Todd Bertuzzi assisted on the short-lived game leading goal as the Flames fell 3-2 in OT to the host Chicago Blackhawks. Bert snapped a 3 game postseason point-less streak dating back to April 15, 2008 - the 3rd game of the Anaheim Ducks' first round series against the Dallas Stars. Bert now has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 47 playoff games. Calgary falls in an early hole 1-0 to the 'Hawks.
Stay in touch with FIW as we will continue to track the progress of FIs in this race towards Lord Stanley's Cup.