Friday, April 24, 2009

Tuesday April 21

There was a quintuplet of games on Tuesday as the first round of the 2009 NHL playoffs chugs along. Former Islanders helped out in a meager pair of games. Let us take a look at those 2 tilts:

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood continued his hot play again shutting down the Columbus Blue Jackets with a brilliant performance as the Red Wings beat the first time playoff host BJs 4-1. Ozzie stopped 31 of 32 shots faced to improve to 3-0 on the playoffs with a 0.67 goals against average and a .974 save percentage. Over all, Osgood has won his last 4 playoff starts dating back to last season's Stanley Cup Final. The victory puts the Jackets up against the ropes as the Wings now lead 3-0.

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo finished off his series with a brilliant performance as the Canucks pulled out a 3-2 OT win over the host St. Louis Blues to sweep the series 4-0. Lu was literally standing on his head stopping 47 of 49 shots including 18 in the OT frame as the 'Nucks pulled out the win with only 19 seconds remaining in the extra period. Luongo is 4-0 in the playoffs having surrendered only 5 goals for a 1.16 goals against average. He has faced 131 shots stopping 126 of them for a .962 save percentage. It will be exciting to see if he can keep up the momentum considering Vancouver will have a considerable break since they are the first team to wrap up their first round series.

Check with FIW soon for more scores, recaps and updates.

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