SMJ Cup Playoffs

 

Devils on Verge of Another Sweep

 

NJD

3   OT 2

FLA

New Jersey Leads Series 3-0

The New Jersey Devils are a win away from another trip to the Wales Conference finals thanks to Peter Zezel.  The long-time Devils scored just 79 seconds into overtime, his 2nd goal of the post-season, to give New Jersey a 3-2 win and a 3-0 series win. Peter Bondra and Laurie Boschman scored the other New Jersey goals.  Michael Thelven and Larry Murphy scored for Florida.  New Jersey has now won 7 straight games and will try to get their second consecutive sweep in Game #4.

 

HAR

3 4

PHI

Hartford Leads Series 2-1

The Hartford Whalers couldn't follow in New Jersey's footsteps.  Philly proved to be too much this game, scoring 4 straight goals in between 3 Hartford markers to secure the win. Daryl Sydor and Steve Duchesne scored power play goals in the 1st and 3rd periods, with Rod Brind'Amour and Patrick Sundstrom scoring between those goals in the 2nd period.  Paul Ysebaert, Murray Baron and Luc Robitaille scored the Hartford goals.  Game #4, as always, looms large as the Flyers will try to make it a best of three, while the Whalers try to take a 3-1 lead back home.

 

WIN

2 1

EDM

Winnipeg Leads Series 3-0

It was the closest game of the series, but it was the same result.  Winnipeg got stellar goaltending from Allan Bester as he stopped 24 of 25 shots, only allowing an early power play goal from Adam Burt to get by him.  Bob Froese also had a solid game finally, making 28 stops for Edmonton.  Brendan Shanahan and Robert Lang scored goals in the middle frame and that was all that was needed.  One more game to play in this series.  It is hard to see it going to five.  Though we all said that when Winnipeg had a 3-0 lead over San Jose and the Sharks were able to force another home game in that one.

 

COL

7 2

VAN

Colorado Leads Series 2-1

The Game #2 loss seems to have insulted the Colorado Rockies and they storm back to demolish Vancouver in Game #3 to take back home ice advantage in this series.  Yet, no one would have thought this would be the result after the first 9 minutes of the game.  Vancouver scored both of their goals in that time, both special team goals and it would have been hard to think that this game would have turned out to be a blow out...for Colorado.  Bob Bassen scored a power play goal and Russ Courtnall had a short handed goal to get Vancouver going.  Igor Larionov scored his own power play marker with literally no time left in the period to start Colorado's come back.  Mario Tremblay had a hat trick in the final two period, giving him 10 goals in the post season, with Petr Klima scoring twice and Ron Francis the other goal.  To say Game #4 is pivotal is a colossal understatement.