Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Morning Coffee

NHL Playoff Update:
  • The Los Angeles Kings and Matt Greene have taken a commanding 3-0 lead over TJ Oshie and the St. Louis Blues. The Kings defeated St. Louis 4-2 last night in Los Angeles and will look to complete the second round sweep Sunday afternoon. Greene picked up an assist in the Kings' latest victory and has recorded one point in every game of the series (1G, 2A). For the Blues, Oshie has not yet found the scoresheet while Chris Porter has yet to make an appearance in the playoffs.
  • The New Jersey Devils defeated Philadelphia 4-3 in OT last night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern conference semifinals. Zach Parise had a goal and Travis Zajac picked up an assist for New Jersey, who will look to extend their series lead Sunday evening. The Devils have played a very smart three games against the Flyers, and they've shown they won't be an easy out. As for Zajac, his season almost ended prematurely, but a return to full health has seen the Devils' playoff point leader regain his scoring touch just in time.
  • Dave Tippett's Phoenix Coyotes were blanked 2-0 by Nashville Wednesday night. The Coyotes still lead the series 2-1 with game four scheduled for tonight in Nashville.
AHL Playoff Update:
  • San Antonio defeated Oklahoma City 6-4 in game one of their second round series. Taylor Chorney returned from injury, but neither he nor Chris VandeVelde figured into OKC's scoring.
  • Toronto and Matt Frattin evened their second round series with Abbotsford at one game apiece via a 5-1 win last night. Frattin scored the game winning goal and now has five points (3G, 2A) in five playoff games. Here's the video of his latest goal:

USHL Playoff Update:
  • Lincoln dropped game one of the Western Conference finals 5-2 to Waterloo Wednesday night. Sioux recruits Luke Johnson and Paul LaDue were kept off the scoresheet, and the Stars will look to draw even when the series resumes tonight in Lincoln.
  • Jordan Schmaltz scored a powerplay goal last night in Green Bay's 6-2 win over Indiana in game one of the Eastern Conference finals. Game two will take place tonight in Green Bay. It was also announced yesterday that Schmaltz, who has four points (2G, 2A) and a +6 rating in five playoff games, will be taking part in the 2012 NHL Draft's Central Scouting Combine later this month. 

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