Just one game in the NHL as the Phoenix Coyotes & Detroit Red Wings finished up the Western Conference Quarterfinals where it wasn't much of a game. A 4 goal 2nd period lead by Nicklas Lindstorm and Pavel Datsyuk who each scored twice. Plus a strong goaltending by Jimmy Howard performance fustratred the Coyotes attack all night as the Coyotes couldn't win their first playoff series since the late 80's when they were the Winnipeg Jets.
Also add on 50 shots on goal as the Red Wings peppered the Coyotes all night long as Phoenix couldn't escape the barge of pucks coming at Detroit's way. If anything is going well on Phoenix is that they ended the playoff drought in Arizona and could go along way towards saving the team as ownership and relocation rumors continue to lag on.
If this current ownership group falls through, then the team could be gone. Even though no specific rumors have been confirmed, some cities that could be possibilities include Seattle and Kansas City.
This means the Western Conference Semifinals are now set as the San Jose Sharks take on the Detroit Red Wings & the Chicago Blackhawks will be taking on the Vancouver Canucks as both 2nd Round Matchups are expected to begin sometime this weekend most likely. We are looking for a couple of classics as all 4 teams have had playoff matchups against each other in recent years.
The Eastern Conference 1st Round will be wrapping up tonight with Game 7 between Washington & Montreal. If the Capitals win tonight, it would be Washington VS. Philadelphia & Pittsburgh VS. Boston. If the Canadians pull off the upset of the top overall seed. It would be Pittsburgh VS. Montreal & Boston VS. Philadelphia as the top 3 seeds would all be gone in the 1st Round.
The American Hockey League saw the Abbotsford Heat & Rochester Americans play a Game 7. It was goals by John Lammers & Olivier Latendresse gave the Heat a 2-0 shutout win as the Heat completed a comeback to win the series in 4-3. The Heat outscored the Americans 10-2 in the final 3 games to beat the Rochester Americans and advance to play the Hamilton Bulldogs in the North Division Final.
The Hershey Bears are steamrolling in the playoffs as the Bears used a 6-5 OT win to go up 3-0 in the East Division Final against the Albany River Rats. Despite Albany giving Hershey a strong going in the offense, it's finding goals in critical times as 2 of the 3 games have advanced to OT as the Bears scored with 4 minutes left in the 1st OT to put the River Rats on the verge of elimination and ending the River Rats era in Albany, New York. The team began in 1990 as the River Rats will move to Charlotte, North Carolina after this season.
It was the opening game of the OHL Championship Series in Barrie as Mark Cundari tied the game at 3-3 with just over 3 minutes left in the 3rd period. Then Taylor Hall scored his 15th of the playoffs to make it 4-3 Spitfires to take the opening game of the OHL Championship. It starts a big week for the Junior Leagues as the WHL, QMJHL & USHL begin their Championship Matchups on Friday. While the NAHL Robertson Cup Tournament Begins on May 4.
With the Junior League Championships getting underway. Look for full Game Stories and Boxscores as the Race's for the Memorial Cup, USHL Clark Cup & the NAHL Robertson Cup Championships begin this week.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Detroit Red Wings 6 Phoenix Coyotes 1 (0-0, 4-1, 2-0)
Detroit Wins Series 4-3, It will be the Detroit Red Wings VS. San Jose Sharks & Chicago Blackhawks VS. Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Semifinals.
AHL Calder Cup Playoffs
Hershey Bears 6 Albany River Rats 5 (OT) (0-2, 3-1, 2-2, 1-0)
Hershey VS. Albany Game Story: http://theahl.com/bears-outlast-rats-for-3-0-series-lead-p142406
Hershey Leads Series 3-0
Abbotsford Heat 2 Rochester Americans 0 (1-0, 1-0, 0-0)
Abbotsford Wins Series 4-3, It will be the Hamilton Bulldogs VS. Abbotsford Heat in the North Division Finals with the series beginning on Thrusday in Hamilton, Ontario.
Abbotsford VS. Rochester Game Story: http://theahl.com/heat-blank-amerks-complete-comeback-p142404
CHL Presidents Cup Playoffs
No Games on Tuesday Night. Game 3 between Allen & Rapid City is tonight in Allen, Texas.
Major Junior Memorial Cup Playoffs
Western Hockey League
No Games on Tuesday Night. The WHL Final between the Calgary Hitmen VS. Tri-City Americans will begin on Friday Night in Calgary, Alberta.
Ontario Hockey League
Look for the Barrie Colts VS. Windsor Spitfires Game Story as Game 1 was played last night.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
The QMJHL Final will begin on Friday Night as the St. John Seadogs VS. Moncton Wildcats will begin on Friday Night in St. John, New Brunswick.
U.S.A. Junior Scores
USHL Clark Cup
No Games on Tuesday Night. The USHL Clark Cup Championship between the Green Bay Gamblers & Fargo Force on Friday Night in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
NAHL Robertson Cup
No Games until May 4 as the NAHL Robertson Cup will begin in Wenatchee, Washington.
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