The end of the Conference Quarterfinals ended last night with the biggest shock of this year's playoffs so far as the Capitals have been knocked out of the playoffs thanks to Canadians goals by Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dominic Moore in the 3rd period to put up the Canadians up 2-0 before a Brooks Laich goal with 2:16 left in the game began a frantic comeback attempt to put the game in OT. Even more fantastic was that the Canadians had to comeback from 3-1 down to comeback to win the series after loses in Games 2, 3 & 4 early on.
The other end of the equation was another amazing night Halak as he had to stop 17 shots in the 3rd period and 41 shots for the entire game. For the entire first round series for the Canadians, Halak had to make 40 or more saves a number of times in this series as he was with-out-a-doubt the MVP of this series as the Canadians will no have to play 4th Seeded and defending Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Conference Semifinals. In every game, he had to make 30 or more saves as he was a busy boy against Washington.
With the top 3 seeds now out of the playoffs in the East, it will be Pittsburgh & Boston having home ice advantage as #4 & #6 seeds as they will play the Philadelphia Flyers & Montreal Canadians in the 2nd Round.
Here's the Saves Numbers by Halak in the 1st Round VS. Washington
Game 1: Montreal 3 Washington 2 (OT) Halak: 45 SVS ON 47 Shots
Game 2: Montreal 5 Washington 6 (OT) Halak: 31 SVS on 37 Shots
Game 3: Washington 5 Montreal 1 Halak: 10 SVS on 13 Shots (Pulled in 2nd)
Game 4: Washington 6 Montreal 3 Halak: DNP
Game 5: Montreal 2 Washington 1 Halak: 37 SVS on 38 Shots
Game 6: Washington 1 Montreal 4 Halak: 53 SVS on 54 Shots
Game 7: Montreal 2 Washington 1 Halak: 41 SVS on 42 Shots
Series Stats: 2.46 GAA, .939 SV%, Made 231 SVS on 245 Shots in the Series
Just one AHL Game last night as the Manchester Monarchs had to comeback from 2-1 down which tied the game midway through the 3rd period when Justin Azevedo scored to make it 2-2. Then early in the OT Period saw the game end just 4 minutes into OT as Bud Holloway gets a goal and an assist in this game to tie the series at 1-1.
Expect the Atlantic Division Final to be a tight one as both games have comedown to the wire and don't be shocked to maybe see a multi OT Game or two in this series as well.
The Allen Americans can think Colton Yellow Horn & Justin Bowers to help the Americans take a 2-1 series lead as Allen now has a chance to sweep the 3 games in Allen and win the Championship at home this season. Game 4 will be tomorrow night with Game 5 on Saturday. Expect some huge and crazy crowds in Allen with a chance to win the Championship this weekend.
Nothing in Junior's Last night, but we got some interesting action as Game 2 of the OHL Championship Series takes place in Barrie after the Spitfires used a late comeback to win 4-3. Also the WHL Championship Gets underway in Calgary tonight as the Hitmen take on the Tri-City Americans. Friday Night is a very busy night as the QMJHL & USHL Championship Series will get underway that night.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Montreal Canadians 2 Washington Capitals 1 (1-0, 0-0, 1-1)
Montreal Wins Series 4-3, It will be the Pittsburgh Penguins VS. Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins VS. Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Western Conference Semifinals begin tonight as the Detroit Red Wings VS. San Jose Sharks begins tonight while the Chicago Blackhawks VS. Vancouver Canucks begins on Saturday.
Look for the Full Conference Semifinals Schedule.
AHL Calder Cup Playoffs
Manchester Monarchs 3 Worcester Sharks 2 (OT) (0-0, 1-2, 1-0, 1-0)
Manchester VS. Worcester Game Story: http://theahl.com/holloway-the-hero-again-monarchs-tie-series-p142419
Series Tied 1-1, Game 3 is on Friday Night.
CHL Presidents Cup Playoffs
Look for the Allen Americans VS. Rapid City Rush Game Story.
Major Junior Memorial Cup Playoffs
Western Hockey League
The WHL Championship Series Begins on Friday Night in Calgary between the Calgary Hitmen VS. Tri-City Americans.
Ontario Hockey League
No Games on Wednesday Night, Game 2 of the OHL Championship Series is Tonight in Barrie.
The Windsor Spitfires lead Series 1-0.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
The QMJHL Championship Series begins on Friday Night in St. John, New Brunswick between the St. John Seadogs VS. Moncton Wildcats.
U.S.A. Junior Playoffs
USHL Clark Cup Playoffs
The USHL Clark Cup Championship Begins on Friday Night in Green Bay, Wisconsin between the Green Bay Gamblers VS. Fargo Force.
NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs
The NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament begins on May 3 in Wenatchee, Washington.
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