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Daily Dosage - Apr. 29, 2009

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Two loco game 7s last night...

Fedorov First off, Sergei Fedorov came flying down the wing like he thought it was 1994 and Wade Redden handled the traffic like your Jr. High crossing guard, allowing Fed to beat Henrik Lundqvist glove-side-high (again) and clinch the series for the Caps. 

Alexander Ovechkin was pretty quiet last night but luckily Alexander Semin was not, as he picked up his 5th goal of the series which put him into the lead league.

But the real hero of the series was Simeon Varlamov who stepped in for Jose Theodore after game #1 and although he didn't face a lot of rubber (15 shots in game #7 including only one in the 3rd period) the rookie was the difference as he finished the series with a sensational 1.17 gaa & .952 sv%.

Jokinen_Jussi Jussi Jokinen looked to be the hero in Newark as he had the goal that tied the game at three with only 80 seconds left.  This was his third goal of the series for a dude that only had seven during the regular season and good on coach Paul Maurice for playing a hunch and getting Jussi out there. That goal looked to be sending the game to OT until...

Eric Staal came flying down the wing like he thought it was... ahhh, last week... and beat Marty Brodeur with a perfect shot over the pad to the far side to win the series with 32 seconds left... unreal finish.  That goal was Staal's fifth of the playoffs to pull him into a tie for the lead with Semin.

We know not everyone's a fan of Marty Brodeur but you gotta feel for him last night as the goals that got by him were of the queer variety... he gets beat about a minute into the game off a perfect shot by Tuomo Ruutu off the post and in, Ray Whitney shoots himself in the foot (literally) and it goes in, Jokinen partially fans on a one timer that beats Marty right along the ice and Staal's shot was in the perfect spot.

Pittsburgh finally took the interim label off of Dan Bylsma's title and he's now just plain 'Coach'... I thought they had done that already?... guess not although they should have a long time ago the guy is so money, he doesn't even know it.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

Langenbrunner Word came out yesterday that Jamie Langenbrunner had knee surgery after game #2 and that's what kept him out of the next three games before returning for game #6... crazy.

Chris Clark returned to action last night for the Caps, he hadn't played since having wrist surgery back in January but got the the call due to Donald Brashear's suspension.

Mike Richards is going under the knife, having surgery on this right shoulder that should keep him out for 10 to 12 weeks... he could possibly have it on the left shoulder as well.  He should be good for training camp but keep this in the back of your mind for next year.

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  No hockey today so perfect chance to catch up on a little footy with a juicy match-up in the Champions League semi-final between Man Utd and Arsenal at Old Trafford.  If you missed the quarter-finals or you just want to brush up on some exciting words in Portuguese, check out this goal by Ronaldo that put Man Utd thru...