After four games, both series are still tied. This is about as even of a conference final round as you can ask for. There is no indication of who the better team is in either series and home ice now shifts back to Columbus and Florida where these four teams will continue to duke it out.
I will be in Florida until Monday. I will *try* to sim Monday night, otherwise, expect Games 5 and 6 to be played Tuesday morning.
Enjoy your weekend!
The Canadiens and Oilers each earned road splits and now control home ice.
The Panthers dominated Game 1 against Montreal by a 5-1 score, but got the favor returned by the Canadiens in Game 2 after the Habs picked up a 5-2 win.
In Columbus, the Oilers overcame a two goal deficit to steal Game 1 3-2, and the Jackets rattled off six goals in a 6-4 barn burner to even the series at one.
The Final Four are now set following a crazy ending in Anaheim.
First, the Canadiens get a late power play goal from Beau Bennett to defeat the Flyers 4-3, despite being outshot 35-26.
In south Florida, the Panthers rode a four goal second period to knock off the once red hot New York Islanders.
It was a magical run for the Calgary Flames, but in the end, they got snuffed out by the better team. The Blue Jackets dominated in a 4-0 whitewashing behind a 25 save shutout by Andrew Hammond.
In the game of the night that featured 13 goals and 76 shots, the Edmonton Oilers were able to get a huge monkey off their backs by slaying a Western Conference giant in Anaheim, with an overtime Game 7 goal by trade deadline acquisition Kyle Turris. The Oilers jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first period, only to see Anaheim close the gap in the second and eventually tie it in the third on a Ryan MacInnis goal with just 51 seconds left in regulation. But it was Turris who saved the Oilers from a potential devastating loss, and catapulting them into the third round for the first time in 5 seasons when they lost to the Blues who went on to win the Cup that year.
This has never happened before in OSHL history. There will be four Game 7’s to decide the winners of the Semi-Final rounds.
The Florida Panthers are storming back from a 3-1 deficit, winning Games 5 and 6 to force a Game 7 at home in Miami. The Islanders started this postseason 6-0 and have now gone 1-3 since.
The other three series were all tied at two, with each team splitting Games 5 and 6. The Flyers and Ducks won their Game 6’s on the road while the Flames won at home, and will have to travel to Columbus where the Jackets are 4-1 this postseason.
Once again Carey Price has come to the rescue for the Montreal Canadiens. After losing Game 3 to Philadelphia, the Habs needed a win to avoid going down 3-1 in the series.
Enter Price, who made 31 stops to blank the Flyers in a 5-0 Game 4 win. The Canadiens also welcomed back Milan Michalek who had missed the entire first round due to injury. Michalek registered three points in Game 4 earning him the second star behind Price.
The series will now shift back to Philadelphia for Game 5.