Friday, April 20, 2012
Things to know from Thursday's games
By Sarah Goldstein
One more time: Stop me if you've heard this before. The Blackhawks scored late in the third period to force overtime against the Coyotes. For the fourth time in this series, extra time was needed. On this night, Mikkel Boedker scored to give Phoenix a 3-1 series lead over Chicago.
A first for Brodeur: Who would have thought there was still something left for Martin Brodeur to accomplish. Well, the Devils' win in Game 4 was the 24th playoff shutout of Brodeur's career, which set an NHL record. The 39-year-old goaltender owns a million records (slight hyperbole) but this is the first playoff record he has sole possession of.
Put a fork in them: The Sharks pressed hard for the first 10 minutes of the third period to try to get the equalizer and could not beat the Blues. As has been the story the entire series, the Blues got more from their five-on-five play and another power-play goal to deal a crushing loss to the Sharks. The Blues now return home with a 3-1 series lead, and it is hard to see this one returning to San Jose.
Goalie duel: The Bruins outshot the Capitals 45-21 and still managed to lose the game. The reason? Braden Holtby. It isn't a surprise that goaltending is the story of this series. What you wouldn't have expected is for a guy who played seven regular-season NHL games to have his team tied with Tim Thomas and the Bruins.
You can't say that: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was obviously upset after Raffi Torres' hit on Marian Hossa, which sent the Blackhawks forward to the hospital. Torres was suspended indefinitely and has a hearing with the league Friday. Quenneville said after Tuesday's game that the "refereeing tonight was a disgrace" in reference to the officials' missed call on the hit. But the NHL wasn't too happy with the comments and fined him $10,000.