The Fat Lady officially kicked off her 2009 NHL Tour on Tuesday night by singing the Blues in St. Louis. Alex Burrows scored with 19 seconds left in the first overtime period… his 3rd goal of the series…giving the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win. With the loss, St. Louis became the first to hear the Fat Lady’s song ending their Stanley Cup bid and sent Vancouver to round number two of the playoffs as they swept the Blues in four games.
Roberto Luongo stopped 126 of the 131 shots he faced in the four games, which is good enough for a .962 SV%.
Three of the four games, however, were one-goal affairs…the other, game-two, was a 3-0 decision in which the score was 1-0 after two and the third goal came way of an empty-netter. A sweep, yes…but not a beat-down.
The big gal then hopped a Delta flight to Montreal where she sang a French Opera, (don’t ask me which one…I don’t “do” French Operas), as the Boston Bruins disposed of the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Like the Blues-Canucks series, it ended in a four game sweep…unlike that series, however, it truly was a one-sided affair. Boston outscored the Habs 17-6 in the four games.
Michael Ryder scored 4 goals and had 3 assists for the Big Bad Bs while Phil Kessel had 4 goals and a pair of helpers. Marc Savard and David Krejci each had a pair of goals and five points…Krejci finished the four games with a +6 rating. Dennis Wideman chipped in with 4 assists.
Next up for the The Fat Lady…
Well, she could be slated for an appearance in Columbus tonight where the Big Red Borg will be looking to sweep aside the Blue Jackets in their first ever playoff showing.
hmmmm, that tune sounds familiar.
Anyway… going into the post-season the biggest question mark concerning Detroit was the play of goalie Chris Osgood. Well, all he’s done is win all three games started against the CBJs, saving 76 of the 78 shots he’s faced, (.974 GAA). Both shots that got past him came from the stick of R.J. “I would like to order a” Umberger.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, the Penguins will also be looking to end it’s series against the Flyers at the very same time as Detroit is trying to finish off the Blue Jackets. The Pens are up 3 games to 1 there.
So, either Philly or Columbus are gonna have to pull out a win or the Fat Lady is going to be in quite the predicament. Pittsburgh and Columbus aren’t that far apart…but I don’t think even she is so large that she could be in both places at once.
In tomorrow night’s only matchup, the New York Rangers will look to complete the 7-2 seed upset as their 2-1 win last night put them up 3-1 in the series.
New Jersey and Carolina are tied at 2 games apiece going into tonight’s action. And for the record, I thought Marty Brodeur was outside of the blue paint…so the refs were correct in not calling a goalie-interference call when the Canes scored with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Ducks lead San Jose 2 games to 1 going into game 4 tonight …and last night the Flames evened up their series with the Blackhawks with game five to be played on Saturday back in Chicago.
So, with all of these series possibly coming to an end over the next several days, to sing at them all might call for the Fat Lady to …ahem…spread herself thin.