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Wild defeat Blackhawks 4-0 in game 3‏

Wild defeat Blackhawks 4-0 in game 3‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a final score of 4-0 in Game 3 on Tuesday night, and now trail the best of seven series 2 games to 1.

The game remained scoreless after two periods of play, but just minutes into the third and final frame, speedy Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula took off on a breakaway and promptly scored on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

Haula’s score was the first of a four-goal third period for the Wild, much to the pleasure of the amped-up crowd inside the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild squad will now look to use the momentum of Tuesday night’s win to help even-up their best of seven series when they host Chicago in game 4.

Game 4 of the series is set for Friday night in Minnesota at 9:30pm ET and can be seen on NBCSN or RDS.

Be sure to come watch game 4 of this awesome NHL playoff series live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this Friday night!

Kings make history, eliminate Sharks in game 7‏

Kings make history, eliminate Sharks in game 7‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The Los Angeles Kings made hockey history on Wednesday night, this by becoming only the fourth team in NHL history to come back and win a seven game series after losing the opening three games.

LA won game seven in San Jose by a final score of 5-1, much to the disappointment of Sharks fans, who packed the SAP Center on Wednesday evening.

Sharks forward Matt Irwin snuck a puck passed LA net minder Jonathon Quick to open the scoring just seconds into period #2. That lead was short-lived however, as Kings defensemen Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal to knot the score at 1-1 just minutes later.

LA would take the lead for good on a late second period goal by Anze Kopitar, who was able to sneak a backhand shot passed Sharks goal keeper Antti Niemi, to give the Kings a 2-1 lead.

Los Angeles will now meet their state-rivals the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 1 of that series begins on Saturday evening live from the “Duck Pond” in Anaheim.

Be sure to come watch all the live NHL Playoffs action at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Wild win game 7, move on to face Chicago‏

Wild win game 7, move on to face Chicago‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The Minnesota Wild earned a thrilling game seven victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, and thus have advanced to the second round of this year’s NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter was the game 7 hero, as he scored 2 goals, including the overtime winner, to lift Minnesota passed the feisty Avalanche squad.

After trading goals for the first 50 minutes of action, the Av’s and Wild found themselves knotted at 3-goals apiece with just 10 minutes to play in the third period. That’s when Avalanche forward Erik Johnson snapped a wrist shot passed Minnesota net minder Darcy Kemper to give the Av’s a 4-3 lead.

Then, with just 2:27 left to play in regulation, Wild defensemen Jared Spurgeon showed great patience and was able to snipe a shot top-shelf passed the outstretched Colorado goaltender to tie the game at 4-4 and force overtime.

The overtime frame required just 5 minutes to determine a winner, as Wild forwards Nino Niederreiter and Kyle Brodziak broke in on a 2-1 and promptly put an end to the Av’s season.

The Minnesota Wild will now meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 of that series is set to go down tonight in Chicago at 9:30pm ET.

Be sure to catch all the live NHL Playoffs action at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Rangers defeat Flyers, meet Penguins in round 2‏

Rangers defeat Flyers, meet Penguins in round 2‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 2-1 in game 7 on Wednesday night and thus have advanced to the second round of this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Rangers scored both of their goals in the games second period. Their first goal came off the stick of forward Daniel Carcillo, while their second was netted by winger Benoit Pouliot.

New York carried the 2-0 lead into the games third and final frame.

Philadelphia would finally find the score sheet in the games third period, when Jason Akeson rifled a slapshot passed Rangers goaltender Hendrik Lundqvist.

Unfortunately for Flyers fans, that was the only goal Philly could produce, as they would go on to lose to the Rangers by a final score of 2-1.

With the game 7 victory, New York now moves on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round #2 of this year’s Playoffs.

Game 1 of the Penguins vs. Rangers series takes place tonight in Pittsburgh at 7pm ET.

Be sure to come watch all the live NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs action at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!