2013-2014 Season

DIVISION STANDINGS FOR GHCL 13

STANDINGS FOR First 8 Conference

DIVISION : 1st Division
TOTALS HOME RECORD ROAD RECORD ACTUAL
TEAM GP W L T OT PTS GF GA W L T OT PTS W L T OT PTS RECORD
Tampa Bay TAM 80 51 23 0 6 108 281 232 31 8 0 1 63 20 15 0 5 45 43-33-0-6
Phoenix PHO 80 46 27 0 7 99 271 225 21 17 0 2 44 25 10 0 5 55 38-39-0-5
St. Louis STL 80 42 26 0 12 96 233 205 19 14 0 7 45 23 12 0 5 51 41-33-0-8
San Jose SJS 80 39 35 0 6 84 257 307 19 18 0 3 41 20 17 0 3 43 44-27-0-11

DIVISION : 2nd Division
TOTALS HOME RECORD ROAD RECORD ACTUAL
TEAM GP W L T OT PTS GF GA W L T OT PTS W L T OT PTS RECORD
Los Angeles LAK 80 45 30 0 5 95 260 244 20 17 0 3 43 25 13 0 2 52 42-35-0-5
Philadelphia PHI 80 32 42 0 6 70 203 246 14 24 0 2 30 18 18 0 4 40 45-26-0-11
Boston BOS 80 29 45 0 6 64 213 306 16 19 0 5 37 13 26 0 1 27 29-37-0-16
Minnesota MNW 80 19 48 0 13 51 195 262 10 23 0 7 27 9 25 0 6 24 38-36-0-8

STANDINGS FOR Second 8 Conference

DIVISION : 3rd Division
TOTALS HOME RECORD ROAD RECORD ACTUAL
TEAM GP W L T OT PTS GF GA W L T OT PTS W L T OT PTS RECORD
Vancouver VAN 80 51 24 0 5 107 247 167 25 13 0 2 52 26 11 0 3 55 42-32-0-8
Dallas DAL 80 44 32 0 4 92 256 219 20 17 0 3 43 24 15 0 1 49 53-23-0-6
Toronto TOR 80 42 31 0 7 91 245 246 20 18 0 2 42 22 13 0 5 49 58-16-0-8
New York NYI 80 28 41 0 11 67 187 243 16 18 0 6 38 12 23 0 5 29 36-40-0-6

DIVISION : 4th Division
TOTALS HOME RECORD ROAD RECORD ACTUAL
TEAM GP W L T OT PTS GF GA W L T OT PTS W L T OT PTS RECORD
Chicago CHI 80 49 26 0 5 103 246 223 23 15 0 2 48 26 11 0 3 55 26-43-0-13
Buffalo BUF 80 45 28 0 7 97 238 217 22 15 0 3 47 23 13 0 4 50 52-24-0-6
Colorado COL 80 40 34 0 6 86 232 216 20 15 0 5 45 20 19 0 1 41 43-30-0-9
New Jersey NJD 80 38 34 0 8 84 229 235 18 18 0 4 40 20 16 0 4 44 46-27-0-9


2014 PLAYOFFS …TAMPA -VANCOUVER FINAL..see below


FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS


#1. Dallas 2 at Tampa 5.Bolts come out flying outshooting the Stars by a wide margin but can’t solve Schneider until Toews bangs in a rebound for the first goal of the series, 1-0 Bolts after 20 minutes.
The Finnish Flash lights the lamp 6 minutes into period 2, but Datsyuk counters 5 minutes later on a powerplay, only to be answered by Sharp 2 minutes later to restore the 2 goal Bolts lead heading to the 3rd period.
Hossa scores early in the 3rd to push the lead to 4-1 which holds until the teams’ exchange powerplay goals late in the period for a 5-2 win for the Bolts in Game 1.
Shots 38-22 TB, ratings 12-6 TB,p>
#2. Dallas 4 at Tampa 6.Orpik hooks Toews at the 0:29 mark of the game and Big Buff bangs in a blast from the point on the ensuing powerplay for an early 1-0 lead. Iginla gets the Stars on the board shortly thereafter, and then Hossa and Toews score a minute apart midway thru the period to stake the Bolts to a 2 goal lead. Marchand sneaks one past Fleury in the waning moments of the period and it’s 3-2 TB after one.
Karlsson scores the Stars 3rd powerplay goal of the series to tie the game at 3, then it’s Marchand again and the Stars have their first lead of the series heading to the 3rd period.
A rare penalty by Alfie give the Bolts a powerplay and Andrew Laad capitalizes to tie the game again, then a couple minutes later it’s Carle with a twisted wrister thru traffic sending the home crowd into a frenzy. The Stars keep the pressure on but Fleury stands tall, then Thornton scores with less than a minute left to burst the bubble of the upstart Stars as the Bolts hang on and win a wild Game 2 6-4.
Shots 37-31 Stars, ratings 9-3 Stars


#3 Tampa 1 at Dallas 3Back in the lone star state with a rockin crowd fires up the home team as the Stars come out flying in the opening period but despite 2 powerplays can’t solve Fleury and we’re scoreless after 20 minutes.
Another penalty kill from the Bolts in the 2nd appeared to shift momentum to the visitors capped off by a Sharp tally at 13:35 for a 1-0 Bolts leading heading to the 3rd period, but some inspirational words from the Stars veteran leaders sparked the boys as they came out flying in the 3rd period completely tilting the ice down at Fleury’s end. The Bolt netminder stood on his head but too much rubber from the determined Stars leads to 3 unanswered goals from Datsyuk, Staal and Weaver in the last 5 minutes propel the much needed W for the Stars.
Shots 42-21 Stars, ratings 10-4 Stars


#4. Tampa Bay 2 At Dallas 1.Tampa still reeling after the late game onslaught from the Stars come into the pivotal Game 4 realizing they need to play a better game in their own end to give Fleury a fighting chance. Both teams exchange decent chances in a scoreless first period and then midway thru the 2nd Staal connects on a powerplay to put the Stars up 1-0, a lead they’d take to the final 20 minutes.
The Bolts capitalize on a powerplay of their own as Toews ties the game at 7:04 and then it’s Brouwer winning a battle in front of the net to bang home the lead goal at 12:18. Fleury stood tall the rest of the way and the Bolts get the split in Big D and take a 3-1 series lead back to Tampa.
Shots 29-29, ratings 7-4 Stars

#5. Dallas 0 at Tampa 2. With their season on the line the Stars came out with a purpose……to continue the rubber onslaught on the Bolt netminder. Tampa continues their sin bin frequency with 3 more trips in the opening period, but during the 2nd Stars powerplay Toews intercepts a pass at the blueline and skates away on a shorthanded breakaway………SCORE and just like that the Bolts lead 1-0 despite being outplayed in the first period.
The Stars continue to attack in the middle period but despite a 17-6 shot advantage can’t get one past Fleury.
Toews nets his 5th goal of the series at 2:12 of the 3rd period which seemed to burst the bubble of the Stars and they didn’t mount much of an attack the rest of the way as Fleury gets the series clinching shutout going 6-6 on ratings in a 2-0 win.
Shots 37-21 Stars, ratings 6-3 Stars

Final noteworthy stats…….
Toews 5 goals
Powerplays……Stars 5-25, Lightning 4-9
Fleury # 1 star of games 4 and 5 going 12-13 on ratings


Tampa wins the best of seven series 4-1


#1. Los Angeles 1 at Vancouver 3 After the first two games were postponed from this weekend, the Canucks were raring to go and came out of the blocks fast. They scored 3 goals in the 1st period. Two of them of power plays (Martin OS, Jokinen IS), they came after Galchenyuk opened the scoring by tapping in a rebound of a Cody Eakin shot. Tomas Enstrom ruined Anderson’s attempt at a shutout by scoring on an outside shot late in the 2nd period. But the Kings couldn’t muster much in the 3rd period and the 3-1 score stands. Game #2 tomorrow night, barring the unexpected.

#2. Los Angeles 0 at Vancouver 3. Just like in Game #1, Vancouver scored two power play goals in the 1st period (Edler and Jokinen). They are now 4 for 4 on the power play in the 1st period in the series. They add a 3rd period PPG (Eakin) and are now 5 for 9 on the PP in the series. Meanwhile the Kings are 0 for 2. LA did manage 41 SOG, including 8 by Weber, but Anderson goes 9 for 9 on GRs and stops Ovechkin on a 1-11 # chance to get the shutout.

#3. Vancouver 3 at Los Angeles 6.Down 2-0, the Kings need game 3 in a desperate way. The Canucks 4th line opens the scoring with Dorsett getting the game’s first goal. Seconds later Matt Calvert ties it up. Miller’s save on Dorsett sparks the Kings offense as they score 3 goals in a 3 minute span to take a 4-1 lead after 1 period. With Anderson sitting the remainder of this game out, the Kings strike 2 more times in the 2nd to take a commanding 6-1 lead. The 3rd period is garbage duty as this game’s outcome is decided and here come the Sedin Sisters each getting 2 points in the final period as Kings get back in the series with a 6-3 victory. Side note: not sure how Weber does not get star of the game 1g, 2a in 28 MP.

#4. Vancouver 4 at Los Angeles 0. Game 4 is just as important to the Kings as they try and hold serve and send this series back to Van. all tied up. Once again, the visitors get the 1st goal as Ryder cashes in 2 minutes into the game. Another Sister Act sighting as Henrik scores a meaningful goal and puts the Canucks up 2-0. Before the period ends, Van’s 4th line gets a goal by Ryder and it’s 3-0 after 1 period. Anderson goes 4-4 on GRs in period 1. In the 2nd, Anderson repeats his performance by stopping 4 more GRs and the score remains 3-0 after 2. 3rd period opens with Galchenyuk scoring early and the Canucks build up a 4-0 lead. Anderson stops 2 more GRs and two 1-10 chances by Callahan to prevent any thought of a comeback and the Canucks head home with a chance to close out the Kings in Game #5. Side note: 3 stars were correctly picked in this contest.

#5.Los Angeles 5 at Vancouver 2 The 1st two games in Vancouver saw the Canucks get off to a fast start, but not this game. The Kings got the first 13 SOG and a 1-0 lead on a Patrick Kane goal before Vancouver could get a shot. But Vancouver dominated the 2nd half of the period and tied it 1-1 after one on a Galchenyuk goal, with the shots ending up 15-13 LA.

LA dominated the 2nd period outshooting the Canucks 13-4 and Kane got his 2nd goal of the game 19 seconds into the period. But one of those 4 Canuck shots beat Miller (Henrik Sedin) and it was 2-2 after two.

The 3rd period was a back and forth affair until there were less than seven minutes left when Bickell scored on a breakaway. Less than 2 minutes later Kane got his hat trick, and then Saad added an empty net goal for the 5-2 final.

So its back on the plane for LA for attempt #2 to eliminate the Kings.

#6. Vancouver 3 at Los Angeles 1.The Kings looking to send this series to the limit after winning game 5 on the road.
First shot of the game by VAN puts them up 1-0 on a BKW goal by Galchenyuk. It ends up being the only goal of the period as Anderson is locked in again stopping 4 of 4 GRS. Shots 17-7 LA in the 1st period.
2nd period continues with the home team dominating play but it takes the Kings 34 shots before they finally beat Anderson with a numbers goal by Calllahan and we are tied late. Anderson makes 1 more GR stop on Enstrom on a BKW to keep the game tied after 2. Anderson goes 5 for 5 on GRs in period 2. Shots are 35-10 in favor of the Kings through 40 minutes. Will justice be served in the 3rd period?VAN smells blood in the water as the Kings seem to be running out of steam and Galchenyuk scores his 2nd of the game around the half way point to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. LA tries to press but is having a hard time generating shots. Finally, with Miller on the bench, Kunitz gets a prime chance but Paul Martin knocks him off the puck. Daniel Sedin throws some salt in the wound hitting the empty net with 5 ticks to go and the Canucks win 3-1 and advance to the next round with a 4-2 series win.


Vancouver wins the best of seven series 4-2


#1. Buffalo 5 at Phoenix 4 (overtime) Game 1: Sabres 5 Coyotes 4 OT : Game started out as a tight close to the vest matchup. Getzlaf tallied a PPG in the 1st. Desharnais’ PPG knotted the game at 1-1 in the 2nd. In the 3rd the suspenders snapped as the Sabres scored 3 times only to be quickly answered by the Coyotes each time. 4-4 and off to overtime. The trend continued as new Sabre Ilya Kovalchuk scored just 1:04 into the extra session and sorry Phoenix its OT and you have no chance to catch up.


#2. Buffalo 2 at Phoenix 5 Game 2 : Coyotes 5 Sabres 2 : Coyotes came out blazing in the 1st, outshooting the Sabres 11-3 and scoring 3 times (Pacioretty, Pavelski, Getzlaf). Still upset about dropping game one I guess. Sabres pull close with the next 2 in the 2nd (Hall,Mueller) but Eberle and Getzlaf(again) tallied to make the lead 3 again and a scoreless 3rd evens the series at 1-1 and gives the home team their first win in the season long matchup.


#3. Phoenix 2 at Buffalo 0 Game 3 : Coyotes 2 Sabres 0 : 1st period – Shots 10-10 -Fasth 5/5 gr,Bobrovsky 2/2 gr – No score. 2nd period saw 4 straight penalty calls on the Sabres, but we fought them all off. Shots 18-6 Phx. Fasth 1/1 gr. Bobrovsky 3/3 gr. Scoreless and on to the 3rd. Pavelski bangs in his own rebound on a 1-15….Ennis tallies an EN-PPG and Phoenix takes a 2-1 series lead. My first line (Hall-Ott-Dupuis) played a 3/3 and drew ZERO positive cards in the whole game. Always drawing Lose breakaway or inside for opponent.

#4 Phoenix 4 at Buffalo 2 Game 4 : Coyotes 4 Sabres 2 : Phoenix jumps out to the early lead again on 1st period goals from Ennis and Getzlaf. Dupuis’ PPG makes it 2-1 just :15 seconds into the 3rd. But Phoenix responded with 2 more (Ward and again Getzlaf) to make it 4-1. Dupuis gets a meaningless goal late. Coyotes outshoot me 38-20 and Buffalo limps into game 5 back in Phoenix just one game from elimination.

#5. Buffalo 1 at Phoenix 3. Joel Ward and Bobby Ryan each had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes win the series in five games.


Phoenix wins the best of seven series 4-1



#1. St.Louis 4 at Chicago 3 Kyle Turris scores at 6:02 of overtime to give the Blues the win. Rick Nash led the Blues attack with two goals.
Jarrett Stoll chipped in two assists. For the Hawks Jakub Voracek led the way with two goals

#2. St.Louis 0 at Chicago 3 Braden Holtby stood strong going 6/6 on goalie ratings and Stamkos, Tavares, and Bouwmeester all scored as the Hawks even up the series.

#3. Chicago 5 at St.Louis 6. (Overtime) What a shocking and thrilling ending. With just 2 minutes left in the game and the Hawks up 5-3 St.Louis pulls the goalie. The Blues first get
a goal from Colin Wilson and then Kyle Turris scores again with the goalie out with just 5 seconds left to play to send this game into overtime. Overtime did not take long. Rick Nash
scores at the 22 second mark of overtime and the Blues walk away with a shocking 6-5 overtime win.

#4. Chicago 6 at St.Louis 1. Anti Niemi very ordinary and the Hawks dominate from start to finish.

#5. St.Louis 3 at Chicago 2 (Overtime) Milan Lucic scores 29 seconds into overtime as the Blues pick up a big road win. Blues outshoot Chicago 39-17 and Braden Holtby was outstanding stopping 11/13 goalie ratings. Niemi was solid for the Blues stopping 2/3 gr.

#6. Chicago 2 at St.Louis 4. Blues got man handled in the first two games of the series in St.Louis. They were lucky to win one. But on this night, they play
their best game of the playoffs at home as the changed up lines deliver with a big 4-2 win. Like most Blues wins, the powerplay was key as they get two powerplay goals to win this one.
The Staal brothers led the way. Marc scored twice on the powerplay, and Eric had a goal and two assists in the Blues attack.


St.Louis wins the best of seven series 4-2.


SECOND ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS



#1. St.Louis 0 at Tampa 1. Bolts remember all too well how close they were last season to another championship losing a decisive game 7 in last yrs finals and are hoping to knock off the defending champs to exact a little revenge….Game 1 here we go!

GAME 1
Blues look to set the tone early in the series throwing the body at every opportunity but it results in 3 unanswered penalties for the Bolts. However the Blues PK answered the bell killing off all of them in a scoreless first period.
Nash to the box early in the 2nd and on their 4th chance the Bolts finally cash in on the powerplay with an Elias tally. Tight checking continues and the teams exchange a couple powerplay chances but the goalies takeover the game with both Niemi and Fleury stoning all quality chances. Bolts outchance the Blues in the 3rd period and Fleury stands tall as the Elias goal holds up for a 1-0 Game 1 Tampa Bay victory.
Shots 28-27 TB, Ratings 6-4 STL, 3 stars – 3. Wilson, 2. Elias, 1. Fleury


St.Louis 1 at Tampa 7 GAME 2
Matt Carle sneaks one thru traffic past Niemi at 3:16 of the opening period and the Bolts continue to carry the play when Kopitar makes in 2-0 late in the first. Turris answers on a powerplay just over a minute later and it’s 2-1 Bolts after 1.
Pretty even play in the 2nd but Niemi isn’t as sharp as he’s been for the first 4 periods as Hossa, Seabrook and Byfuglien all score in the period for a 5-1 Bolts lead after 40 minutes.
Hossa scores again early in the 3rd sending Niemi to an early shower, and Toews closes the scoring for a 7-1 Game 2 Bolts win.
Shots 34-27 TB, Ratings 8-7 TB, 3 stars – 3. Kopitar, 2. Hossa, 1. Carle

#3.Tampa 1 at St.Louis 0 Troy Brouwer scores early at the 29 second mark and it was all the Lightning needed.

#4. Tampa 3 at St.Louis 4 Blues get 2 goals and an assist from former first round pick Kyle Turris and split their first two games.

#5. St.Louis 3 at Tampa 2 (overtime)GAME 5
Bolts with a chance to eliminate the champs and the game starts with a supercharged pace as both teams are letting it out hang out. The series trend continues as the Bolts get on the board early as Brouwer scores at 1:38, but Colin Wilson answers at 3:44 to knot the score. Sutter and Carle exchange goals late in the period as the wild first period ends in a 2-2 deadlock.
Blues dominate the middle period outshooting the Bolts by an 18-3 margin but Fleury stands tall and we’ll head to the 3rd period still tied at 2.
Both coaches must have reminded the players that there had been way too many scoring chances as playoff style hockey returned in the 3rd period with the Bolts holding a 9-5 shot advantage but no goals and Game 5 is headed to sudden death overtime!
Bolts have a carryover powerplay from the end of regulation but can’t score, then after Niemi stones Hossa on a quality scoring chance, Hossa commits a penalty sending the Blues to the powerplay. Chara has the puck on his stick but his clearing attempt is intercepted by Nash who beats Fleury on a 1-15 to win the game 3-2 and extend the series to Game 6 back in St. Louis.
Shots 40-33 STL, ratings 12-10 STL, 3 stars – 3.Toews, 2. Niemi, 1. Wilson


Tampa 3 at St.Louis 0. St.Louis throws everything but the kitchen sink at Tampa Bay but Fleury stopped all 37 shots and all 4 goalie ratings. Anti Niemi on the other hand
got pulled for a poor performance stopping only 15/18 shots and only 1 of 4 goalie ratings. Mike Smith comes in and shuts the door but it was too late as the Lightning take the series.


Tampa Bay wins the best of seven series 4-2.


#1. Phoenix 1 at Vancouver 4.After losing all 4 games to Phoenix this year, the Canucks entered the game with much trepidation. But they dominated the 1st period, and Pacioretty was stopped on a Goal 1-13 with a 14, and although it was 0-0 after one period the Canucks felt more confident. But in the 2nd period Phoenix started dominating, then first round star Galchenyuk finally broke the ice at 17:38 of the 2nd period and Edler added a breakaway goal less than a minute and a half later and it was suddenly 2-0 Vancouver after two periods. Eberle pulled the Coyotes within one with a PPG on Phoenix’s 4th chance. But less than three minutes later both Krejci and then Fisher (less than two minutes after that) scored their first goals of the playoffs and the Canucks cruised in with a comfortable win.


#2. Phoenix 2 at Vancouver 1.
The Coyotes played a solid road game. Joe Pavelski scored a PPG and ESG in the first 4:29 of the game to take the crowd out of the game. Then they went into defensive mode, limiting Vancouver to 18 SOG, and getting 11 takeaways and 12 hits. Fasth only had to make only 2 GRs in the game, although Krejci scored on a # chance late in the 1st period to make it a tense game. So Vancouver gets on the plane hoping to get the home ice advantage back while in sweltering Phoenix. Full boxscore details at the new blog.

#3.Vancouver at Phoenix Phoenix drops games 3 & 4.
Managed to score 7 goals on Anderson in the 2 games, all on splits and still lost both games. All goalie rating goals against Fasth were on 3 or 11. Couldn’t hold the lead in either game.

Vancouver VAN at Phoenix PHO                           
DATE : 06/10/2014 
 
GOALS                          1  2  3 OT  F 
Vancouver VAN                  2  0  3  0  5  
Phoenix PHO                    1  1  2  0  4  
 
SHOTS                          1  2  3 OT  F 
Vancouver VAN                  7  6  11 0  24 
Phoenix PHO                    12 13 11 0  36 
 
S C O R I N G  S U M M A R Y 
1. VAN. ALEXANDER EDLER(2)( HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN ) (PP) : 1st 2:48 
2. PHO. RAY WHITNEY(1)( TYLER ENNIS, ROB SCUDERI ): 1st 15:16 
3. VAN. LOUI ERIKSSON(1)( DAVID KREJCI ): 1st 19:53 
4. PHO. RYAN GETZLAF(6)( BOBBY RYAN, JOEL WARD ): 2nd 0:29 
5. PHO. DAN HAMHUIS(1)( JUSTIN WILLIAMS ): 3rd 3:54 
6. VAN. DAVID KREJCI(1)( LOUI ERIKSSON, DENNIS SEIDENBERG ): 3rd 7:54 
7. VAN. JUSSI JOKINEN(3)( HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN ): 3rd 9:35 
8. PHO. JUSTIN WILLIAMS(1)( JOE PAVELSKI, LUKE SCHENN ): 3rd 16:53 
9. VAN. DANIEL SEDIN(2)( DENNIS SEIDENBERG, PAUL MARTIN ): 3rd 17:32 


#4. Vancouver at Phoenix

 Vancouver VAN at Phoenix PHO                           
DATE : 06/11/2014 
 
GOALS                          1  2  3 OT  F 
Vancouver VAN                  3  2  3  0  8  
Phoenix PHO                    3  0  0  0  3  
 
SHOTS                          1  2  3 OT  F 
Vancouver VAN                  7  15 17 0  39 
Phoenix PHO                    13 10 8  0  31 
 
S C O R I N G  S U M M A R Y 
1. PHO. JOEL WARD(3)( RYAN GETZLAF ): 1st 0:24 
2. PHO. JOE PAVELSKI(4)( JUSTIN WILLIAMS, SAKU KOIVU ): 1st 5:38 
3. VAN. JUSSI JOKINEN(4)( DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN ): 1st 6:05 
4. VAN. HENRIK SEDIN(4)( DANIEL SEDIN, MICHAEL RYDER ) (PP) : 1st 8:17 
5. PHO. TYLER ENNIS(5)( RAY WHITNEY, JANNIK HANSEN ): 1st 9:29 
6. VAN. DANIEL SEDIN(3)( HENRIK SEDIN, PAUL MARTIN ): 1st 18:06 
7. VAN. DANIEL SEDIN(4)( GRANT CLITSOME, HENRIK SEDIN ): 2nd 7:55 
8. VAN. ALEX GALCHENYUK(6)( MIKE FISHER, KEVIN BIEKSA ): 2nd 10:42 
9. VAN. HENRIK SEDIN(5)( DANIEL SEDIN ) (PP) : 3rd 1:15 
10. VAN. MICHAEL RYDER(3)( HENRIK SEDIN, DANIEL SEDIN ) (PP) : 3rd 14:31 
11. VAN. DANIEL SEDIN(5)( HENRIK SEDIN, KEVIN BIEKSA ): 3rd 16:27 
 


#5. Phoenix 0 at Vancouver 1Vancouver puts the Dogs down with Craig Anderson putting in an outstanding performance. 36 saves, 10 GRs, stopping Pavelski on a 1-12 chance and Ennis on a 1-15 chance. Meanwhile, Fasth played well too, until there was less than 4 minutes left in the game. Then Scuderi coughs up the puck, giving Jussi Jokinen a breakaway and he deposits it in the back of the net with a 1-17 chance. Good series Jay.


Vancouver wins the best of seven series 4-1.


Vancouver and Tampa in the finals
(all boxscores in the blog)


#1. Vancouver 1 at Tampa Bay 4. GAME 1
Derek Dorsett opens the scoring with a sneaky wrister past Fleury at 7:51 followed shortly thereafter by a Byfuglien penalty and the Canucks have an early chance to silence the Tampa crowd. But Captain Serious Jonathan Toews intercepts a pass at the blueline and beats Anderson on a breakaway shorthanded to tie the game at 1-1. Big Buf blasts one from the point on a Bolts powerplay late in the period to give the Bolts a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Toews strikes a 2nd time while shorthanded for the only goal of the middle period for a 3-1 lead despite being outshot 25-18 thru 40 minutes.
Bolts put together a crazy strong 3rd period outshooting the Canucks 12-2 and getting a Chara goal for a final score of 4-1.
Shots 30-17 TB, ratings 7-4 TB, 3 stars…..3. Chara, 2. Toews, 1. Fleury

#2.Vancouver 1 at Tampa Bay 2 GAME 2
Both teams open the 2nd game playing a little closer to the vest and it shows with a scoreless first period, shots 9-6 TB.
2nd period reverts back to Game 1’s fast paced action and the Bolts hold a 16-9 shot advantage but still no scoring until Joe Thornton beats Anderson midway thru the period for the games’ first goal. More chances for the home team for the rest of the period but no red lights, 1-0 Bolts heading to the 3rd.
Hossa tallies at 4:25 of the period to extend the lead to 2-0 and the crowd is feeling good…….but wait, less than 2 minutes later Daniel Sedin cuts the lead in 1/2 setting up for a dramatic finish. Exciting action as both teams test the opposing goalie and have an unsuccessful powerplay opportunity, the Bolts coming with less than 3 minutes to go preventing the Canucks from being able to pull Anderson and mount a final attack as the game ends 2-1 TB.
Shots 38-24 TB, ratings 7-5 TB, 3 stars – 3. Kopitar, 2. Hossa, 1. Fleury

#3. Tampa Bay 0 at Vancouver 2.

First period saw no GRs, # chances, or penalties. Second period saw Tampa Bay get 2 power plays and 5 GRs, but it was Vancouver who scored when Sharp lost the puck to Bieksa on a breakaway just over 5 minutes into the 2nd period and he scored on a 1-13 chance. Vancouver got 2 more great chances (Galchenyuk 1-11 and Henrik Sedin 1-17), but Fleury stopped both. Finally Zajac got an insurance goal with 3:03 left in the game and Vancouver pulls the series within one. Meanwhile the Bolts only got one GR chance in the 3rd and couldn’t get much going. Game 4 will be played Sunday evening.

#4.Tampa Bay 3 at Vancouver 4 (Overtime) … Boxscore is at the blog. Tampa Bay 3 Vancouver 4 OT

First period was much like Game #3’s first period. A feeling out process with no real chances.
Period 2 saw Patrick Elias wake up as he scores 2 goals on his first shift of the period and its 2-0 Bolts. But on the next shift Ryder scores and Galchenyuk almost scores (Goal 1-11). And when that 4 line got out their again that period Galchenyuk did score and its 2-2 after 2. Then at 8:51 of the 3rd Ladd tips in a Byfuglein shot and Tampa has its 1st PPG in Vancouver this series. Then at 13:31 Zajac, who has had a great series playing against Toews and has outplayed him despite the inferior card, taps in a rebound of a OS by Mike Fisher and its 3-3. No more scoring in the 3rd, although both teams had chances. Then in OT Hossa coughs up the puck and Eriksson takes advantage, skating in on a breakaway and scoring the goal that guarentees one more game in Vancouver this year.

Odd facts: Vancouver scored 3 of its goals on GRs, Tampa zero. Paul Martin, with an Intimidation Rating of one, knocks Chara off the puck 3 times this game by drawing that needed one. I didn’t count, but both teams pulled 6 on GR several times, which, luckily for both goalies, didn’t give up goals.

#5. Vancouver 3 at Tampa Bay 4. Boxscore posted at the Howe League Blog.


Series knotted at 2 games apiece as it’s become a best of 3 for the coveted GHCL championship with the action returning to south Florida for the pivotal Game 5.

What seems to have become the norm in this series neither team can light the lamp in the opening period despite some quality chances and thusfar Anderson being the much busier goalie in that regard. Seabrook strikes first quickly after the opening draw of the 2nd period for a 1-0 Bolts lead followed up by Kopecky’s first of the playoffs at 8:59. An ill advised Brouwer penalty off the ensuing faceoff allows Ryder to cash in on the powerplay to cut the lead to 2-1. Bolts continue to carry the play but Anderson stands tall and it looks like we’re heading to the 3rd period with that same score until Andy Greene surprises Fleury with an obstructed shot from the point to tie the game a 2-2 after 2.

Teams continue the back-n-forth play early in the 3rd and it’s Hossa putting the Bolts back in front beating Anderson at 4:18. Three straight penalties to the Canucks swing momentum to the home team and they cash in on a powerplay (Ladd) to extend the lead to 4-2. Canucks show their resolve and cut the lead back to a single goal with a Krejci tally at 17:03 and once again we’re setup for a dramatic finish. Down to the final minute, Canucks clear the zone and dump it in and there goes Anderson to the bench for the extra attacker. Bolts quickly clear the puck out but Seidenberg steps right back in over the line and fires one on net…1-10…..save Fleury (16)!! Faceoff to the left of Fleury with 12 seconds left……Zajac and Toews….Toews wins it back to Seabrook who clears it out of the zone and that will do it……a thrilling 4-3 win for the Bolts.

Shots 31-25 TB, ratings 10-3 TB, 3 stars – 3. Ladd, 2. Kopecky, 1. Seabrook


#6.Tampa Bay 3 at Vancouver 2.

The Lightning were ready to end this series right here and right now. Toews and Chara both score in the first 1:36 of the game and its quickly 2-0 Tampa Bay. Henrik Sedin scores on a rebound at 5:04 to pull within one, but Toews scores his 2nd goal of the game at 9:35 and its 3-1 with 50 minutes to play. Tampa Bay gives Vancouver three chances on the power play in the 2nd period and Ryder scores only on the first one for the only goal of the period and its 3-2 Bolts after two. Tampa Bay clamps down in the 3rd period, allowing Vancouver only 4 shots in the period. With the best chance by Loui Eriksson (Goal 1-6) with 1:14 left in the game with the goalie pulled, but no dice (and no pun intended). So Vancouver goes 2-1 in every playoff series this year, good enough for everybody but Tampa Bay.

Congratulations to Tampa Bay.

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