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The NHL in fifteen minutes: April 25, 2006

Ottawa (1) vs Tampa Bay (8)

Pretty much a slaughter house in TB that night. If you're sad that you missed this game, you might as well fire up NHL06 and set the level to "make the other team cry" because you'd get the same effect and just as funny. A disallowed goal for Tampa Bay in the third… or the second… or does it even matter? The score was 8-4 Sens at the time. A comeback was not in the cards.

The good: it was Redden's first game back since his mother's death and not only did he have a 3-point game (1G 2A) but was a +3, the highest on either team, and the first star.

The bad: Tampa Bay.

Final score: 8-4 Ottawa.

Ottawa leads the series 2-1.


Calgary (3) at Anaheim (6)

What looked like another exciting series was made boring by the 24-minute penalty parade in the second. A total of 27 penalty minutes were called on the Flames and 23 on the Ducks. Sadly, that was the most notable experience of the game, as Calgary ended up winning handily.

The good: Huselius had a 3-point night: one goal in the 2nd and two assists on the Langkow and McCarty goal.

The bad: A ridiculously-called playoff game with too many unnecessary penalties – taken and called.

Final score: 5-2 Calgary.

Calgary leads the series 2-1.


Nashville (4) at San Jose (5)

Perhaps the most surprising event of the evening was Nashville leading San Jose at the end of the first. The Sharks took it back in the second and the third, scoring two per period. Interestingly enough, Thornton was kept off the score sheet and finished at –1 even with over 10 minutes of power play time. However, where one man vanishes, two more appear: Marleau scored two goals and Ehrhoff bagged three assists. San Jose also kept their penalty troubles down to 10 minutes, while Nashville tried out their Anaheim impersonation by taking twice as many and finishing the game with 20 PIM.

The good: Marleau and Ehrhoff, proving that San Jose isn't just a one man team (I'm looking at you, Rangers).

The bad: Nashville's pathetic 17 shots on goal. Maybe they wanted to give Toskala the night off.

Final score: 4-1 San Jose.

San Jose leads the series 2-1.


Detroit (1) at Edmonton (8)

It looked like Edmonton was going to take this game home when they played the first 48 minutes with a 3-1 lead, but a meltdown by Roloson brought the Wings right back in it with two goals 18 seconds apart halfway through the third. The game went into double OT and lasted past midnight. After a disallowed goal by Detroit, wherein the puck actually slid under the side of the net, Edmonton finally got the puck past Legace – or rather, Detroit's "defense" as they failed to clear even after two spectacular saves.

The good: Albertans rejoice: even if Canadian beef is being banned for export, it looks like they've found a new market in "things to throw on the ice during a hockey game."

The bad: Detroit's defense couldn't be found with a GPS last night.

Final score: 4-3 Edmonton.

Edmonton leads the series 2-1. And really, who saw this coming?

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