NHL Playoffs 2012: Last Night in the West (April 13)
Detroit Red Wings 3 Vs. Nashville Predators 2 (Series Tied at 1)
With the Predators sporting their home yellow uniforms, they looked like a junior hockey team in the playoffs next to the mystique of the Red Wings white. The Wings have won so many more games in their red trimmed white, and this game proved no different. Goalie Jimmy Howard stole the game for the Red Wings with 24 brilliant saves.
The Red Wings struck first, getting goals from Ian White and Corey Emmerton in the first frame of action. White is a last pairing defenseman and Emmerton is a third line guy, so the Wings relied on their depth tonight, down 1-0 in the series. Nashville’s Andrei Kostitsyn netted the Predators first one in the middle of the second, but the crowd did not have time to sit down before Johan Franzen made it 3-1 Wings. The Predators pulled within one late in the third, but Howard locked down the game and the series heads to Detroit tied at one a piece.
Los Angeles Kings 4 Vs. Vancouver Canucks 2 (Kings lead series 2-1)
Los Angeles took everyone by surprise last night, even the Cancuk’s fans. The Kings first goal was a second chance goal by Dustin Brown that barely made it into the goal after Roberto Luongo was left lying on the ice last in the first. Everyone except the Kings seemed shocked by the turn of events. Their second goal, also by Brown, came on a bad hold in attempt by the Canucks on the Powerplay, which led to a shorthanded goal for the Kings. Their third goal just went under Luongo’s legs before a wrap around attempt to seal the game with a 4-1 lead.
For the Canucks, they will have to regroup in Los Angeles down 2-0 in the series. They had goals from Jannik Hansen and Samuel Pahlsson. It will be interesting to see if the Canucks elect to have Cory Schneider take over in net after some questionable goals let in by Luongo. Without the return of Daniel Sedin to the series, this one could be a King sweep.