Monday, April 23, 2007

Flames: Extinguished

The Detroit Red Wings eliminated the Calgary Flames in a 2-1 double overtime thriller tonight, winning on a Johan Franzen slapshot 4:23 into the second OT.

I'm mostly just glad not to see Jarome Iginla happy. The C on his jersey must stand for "Classless".

I'm also too tired to do a game recap right now. The game ended around 12:30 am, and I am in the midst of finals week. However, Hasek played an incredible game tonight, making some key saves even though he didn't see much action (only 21 shots). He was definitely our best player tonight, and stopped some chances that appeared to be certain game-winning goals in the third and overtime.

Robert Lang also had a good game, scoring the first Red Wing goal in the second period and rushing the net on Franzen's overtime goal, clearing enough space for him to get off a decent shot.

Tomas Holmstrom was taken to a Calgary hospital in the first overtime after taking a Craig Conroy high stick to the forehead. Hopefully it will be nothing more serious than a few stitches, and it didn't appear that the cut affected Homer's eye at all, but that is certainly a concern heading into the second round.

Detroit's next opponent will be either Dallas or San Jose, depending on whether or not Dallas can eliminate Vancouver in game 7 tomorrow night. Wings fans should root for the Stars, as Detroit has had great success against Marty Turco (14 wins in 15 regular season games against him) and has a 3-0-1 record vs. Dallas this year, as opposed to a 1-3-0 record vs. San Jose.

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