Saturday night’s action saw an end to another powerhouse in the West and another overtime game in a series that has yet to end in regulation. Sunday saw the end of the defending Western Conference Champions.
St. Louis Blues 3 vs. San Jose Sharks 1 (Blues Win Series 4-1)
After losing the first game in the series in double overtime, the Blues won the next four games to take the series with wins by Brian Elliott. Elliot made 27 saves, surrendering only a goal to Joe Thornton in the first. Jamie Langenbrunner, David Perron and Andy McDonald scored for the Sharks in the third to put the game away and take out the perennial powerhouse from the West Coast.
Chicago Blackhawks 2 vs. Phoenix Coyotes 1 OT (Coyotes lead Series 3-2)
All five games have been decided in overtime. Luckily for the Blackhawks, who were facing elimination, their star came through to extend things to game six. The Blackhawks brought 38 shots on Mike Smith, but Jonathan Toews smoked one past him overtime to win the game and perhaps give life to a Blackhawks team that has had a few heartbreaking losses. Gilbert Brule scored for the Coyotes in the first and Chicago’s Nick Leddy evened the game in the second.
Los Angeles Kings 3 vs. Vancouver Canucks 2 (Kings Win Series 4-1)
The former Western Conference Champions had too many problems heading into the playoffs, and let their vulnerabilities take them out of the playoffs. Without having healthy Sedin twins the entire series, the Canucks had offensive issues. Henrik scored the Canucks only goal from his brother. Brad Richardson scored his first of the postseason for the Kings in third to send it to overtime. Cory Schneider looked like he could be Vancouver’s savior after Roberto Luongo struggled early in the series in goal, but Luongo’s 35 saves were not enough. Jarret Stoll ended Vancouver’s season early in overtime with a huge blast.
The Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks game six is tonight at 9:00 PM EST on NBC Sports. This is the only remaining series in the Western Conference. The Rangers and Senators play in the East at 7:00 PM EST on NBC Sports.
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