Two great finishes last night (well unless you're Jonas Hiller) as Detroit got a late goal from Dan Cleary were he basically just shoveled Hiller's pads & puck into the net and that was the ballgame. Hiller definitely had a beef but given Brad "QuickDraw" Watson's blown call cost Detroit a tying goal earlier in the series... seemed like bad call karma came back to bite the Ducks.
Anaheim got scoring from their big guns as Perry, Ryan and Selanne scored but seemed like their lack of depth may have hurt them as the Wings depth was in full display as Hudler, Samuelsson, Helm and Cleary were the goal scorers for Detroit.
OT hero for Carolina last night in the other thrilling game #7 was Scott Walker as he banged in his first goal ever in the playoffs to eliminate the Bruins. Congrats to Scotty as he's battled through a lot of injuries this year (and pretty much every year) and from what I've heard he's a pretty decent guy, so we're happy for him.
His numbers in the series were nothing super spectacular (2.34 gaa & .915 sv%) but Cam Ward made a lot of big saves and keeps his perfect record in game 7s (4-0) alive with last night's OT win.
Mark Recchi was apparently playing through a lot of pain lately as it was revealed that he had kidney stones... ouch. I don't really know what those are but it can't be good. He had surgery Wednesday night to have them removed and then came back and played 21 minutes last night in game #7... not bad for a 41-year-old.
What's distracting us today? Wow, lots of great hockey lately as we ended up with four long 2nd round series and three that went the distance. After all that, you know what would go real good right now?... how bout more great hockey? The Memorial Cup starts tonight, four best junior teams in Canada (not quite but pretty close) square off for the next 10 days to determine who's the boss. Always a good show put on by the kids and here's a few additional reasons to tune in:
Drummondville is led by Yannick Riendeau, an undrafted FA who signed with Boston about a month ago and only had 29+23=52 in 19 playoff games in the Q;
Kelowna has, arguably, the best dman in junior, coming to the Sabres near you next season... 6'7" Tyler Myers;
Windsor is pretty stacked and they're led by a 17 year old, who will most likely be the 1st pick in the 2010 draft, Taylor Hall; and
Lastly, the host Rimouski, who have a bunch of prospects on their squad and our favourite is 6'5" Penguins draft pick Keven Veilleux.