Day 5 of the NHL playoffs was desperation time for the Chicago Blackhawks, and they couldn't get it done going down 3-0, one loss from an early departure to the golf course. Right now there is not a team in the Western conference that I would pick over Vancouver in a 7 game series, not Detroit or San Jose. The Rangers squeaked out a win, and the back and forth continued with a Nashville victory.
Here are my recaps of Sunday's games. I watched most of the Vancouver game, some of the Nashville game and none of the Rangers game.
Vancouver beats Chicago: Is it destiny, or is this just not Chicago's year? This might have been the Hawks best game of the series, but it still was not enough. The Sedin brothers showed up again, backed up by strong efforts from every line. Erhoff and Edler were outstanding. There was a controversial hit on Brent Seabrook by Raffi Torres that some said deserved a suspension, but I thought they were clean and good hockey hits. This could be the year. (Van leads series 3-0)
Nashville beats Anaheim: This series is a coin toss, but right now I like Nashville though a tip of the hat has to go to Teemu Selanne for his two goal performance in a losing effort. Nashville wins in 7 games. It was amusing to watch Mike Fischer fight Ryan Getzlaf with a concerned Carrie Underwood anxiously watched from her luxury suite. (Nsh leads series 2-1)
New York beats Washington: Brandon Dubinsky played the role of hero and prevented the Rangers from going down 3-0 to the Capitals. Dubinsky had a nice start, but he was dead weight on in my hockey pool for the 2nd half of the season. Despite the dramatic win, I still give New York no chance to win this series. (Wsh leads series 2-1)