In the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues both games have been down to the wire battles. Both games needed extra time to declare the winner and St. Louis came away victorious in both contests. The Blues were down by one in both games, and in both games they scored within one minute left to tie up the score. In game one it took the Blues the three over time periods before Alexander Steen finally solved Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford when he snipped a snapshot top left from in close. In game two Blues forward Vladamir Terasanko ripped a snapshot short side shelf with six seconds left in the game to tie it at three. Barrett Jackmen unloaded a blast of a slappshot that went right between the legs of Corey Crawford with 11 minutes left in the extra session. Now the Blackhawks are in trouble as they return to Chicago in a 2-0 hole. We all expected Chicago to pounce all over the Blues, who slumped their way into losing the last six games of the regular season. However, St. Louis has been back to playing their relentless and aggressive forechecking system which has led them to so much success. The Blackhawks should bounce back though, as they return to their loyal fans in Chicago. It should be tight throughout the rest of the series. The winner of this series will face the winner of the Avalanche vs. Wild series witch has currently been an intense one.
In this series Colorado is currently up 2-0 but, this series has been anything but domination. Game one was a back and fourth goal scoring free for all all the way through. The Wild had a comfortable 4-2 lead that was diminished in the dying seconds of the game when Paul Stasney scored to complete the comeback. Stasney struck again in the extra session to finish off the Wild. The Avalance took that momentum into game two, where there top line preformed outstanding to steal the game for Colorado. 18 year old Nathan Mackinon put on a four point show with a goal and three assists. Paul Stasney also had a goal and three assists as he put on a four point show as well. Gabriel Landeskog managed to put the biskit in the basket twice for the aves. The Wild got a pretty goal from Melvin Scandella late in the game to pull them within one, but it was too late. Gabriel Landeskog scored an empty netter which was the second of the night for him to seal the deal. As the series will now shift to Minnesota where the Wild will play at a much lower altitude in front of their fans, I have to believe the Wild will get their mommentum back and recover from these two losses. I see the Minnesota Wild winning game three to get them back in the series.
The Anahiem Ducks are up on the Dallas Stars with a 2-0 series lead. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been carrying this team all year and they have came up big in both games. I expect them to keep playing this well as the series shifts to Dallas. The Stars have played the Ducks tough in these two oppening games. However, the Ducks came out with a fast start in both games and the Stars got back into both of them. However, I expect the Stars to come out strong and fast with a lot of energy in front of their home crowd in Dallas. I think that they will win game three, but the Ducks are so strong and they will finish them off in five games. However, I would not be shocked if the Stars get back into this series. They have played hard and they are an excellent hockey team that is an extremely dangerous team when they are at their best.
If the Stars win they may not be in the postseason for long because they would have to play the winner of the LA Kings vs. the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are on a role right now and they have just dominated the LA Kings. Their offense continues to thrive as they are being lead to victory by star forwards Joe Thorton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, and Logan Coture. The Sharks are the most dangerous team on the power play and it certanly isn't helping the LA Kings when they keep taking all these stupid penalties. With the Sharks offense thriving, the Kings need to get a better preformance from their star goaltender Jonathen Quick. Their offense needs to step up and find a way to solve Sharks netminder Anti Niemi who is looking extremely sharp in net right now. The Sharks have the Kings down and out and it will be extremely difficult and almost unmanageable for the Kings to get back in this series.
Even though all the home teams in the western conference have 2-0 series leads, nobody should count out the teams on the road. There have been plenty of teams in the past NHL years that have took the first to home games in a series and then blown their 2-0 series lead. I wouldn't be supprised if a team in the western conference this year. Particularly the St. Louis Blues, who did it last year with the LA Kings, and who will get a strong fight to the finish from their opposition the Chicago Blackhawks. Even in series where on team has all the mommentum going into game three, any series can turn around extremely quickly. Maybe one of these will end up this way. You never know.