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Stanley Cup Playoffs Update

Since I didn't get to the updates for Saturday's games, I'm just going to throw in some quick hits for each series. Three of which are now 1-1 with Game 2 of the Caps-Pens series still to go.

G2: Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3 (Series tied 1-1)

For the second straight game, the Hawks found themselves in an early hole.For the second straight game, they fought back.

Except this time, they didn't settle for just tying the game.

Instead, they tacked on three more goals after tying it up, starting with Dave Bolland's nifty catch of the puck at the Vancouver blue line out of mid-air, and stupifying move on a shorthanded breakaway goal to give Chicago the lead for good.

Vancouver was bound to lose a game, just as Boston and Detroit were. So the fact they lost this game shouldn't be of major concern to 'Nucks fans.

But it does have to be a little concerning that their club, whose calling card is defense with excellent goaltending, has allowed the Hawks to overcome two separate deficts in two games.


Game 3 is Tuesday night in Chicago

G1: Capitals 3, Penguins 2 (WAS leads 1-0)

No, this didn't have quite the amount of offense one might expect to start the series.

But it still had drama. And as Derek alluded to a few days ago, it included THE save of the playoffs thus far by Simeon Varlamov.

I expect nothing less in this series moving forward, which resumes tonight.

G2: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 0 (Series tied 1-1)

As impressive as the Hawks were in taking over their game against Vancouver after being down 2-0, I daresay, Carolina's win last night was even more impressive.

And how dare any of us doubt Cam Ward's ability in these playoffs. In case you forgot, he did win the Conn Smythe in 2006 when Carolina won it's first Cup. And he reminded us why with a 36 save performance that caused Boston to push just a little too much for the equalizer on a second period power play. So Matt Cullen decided to make them pay with a shorty that gave Carolina some breathing room in the form of a 2-0 lead.

So much for that Boston romp to the Cup Finals.

Both teams will hop aboard charters and fly down to the Triangle for Game 3 on Wednesday night.

G2: Ducks 4, Red Wings 3 - Triple OT (Series tied 1-1)

161:15 of hockey's already been played in this series. And the next time either Detroit or Anaheim get a two goal lead will be the first time anyone has enjoyed such a luxury in this series.

Though Anaheim did enjoy a lead for more than 20 minutes through the third before Johan Franzen tied it up.

From that point on, though, it was the Jonas Hiller show.

I think we all remember 2003 when J.S. Giguere dominated in the playoffs. Well Hiller is Giggy without the controversial pads.

BTW, I still think those were illegal and helped him out immensely during that playoff run. But I digress.

Point is, the Red WIngs have another hot Anaheim goaltender to worry about. Their series resumes Tuesday night in Anaheim.