National Hockey League playoff news: April 26, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

There were 2 games played in the National Hockey League playoffs on April 25, 2008.

Game summaries

Dallas Stars @ San Jose Sharks

  1 2 3 OT Total
Dallas Stars 0 2 0 1 3
San Jose Sharks 0 1 1 0 2

Brenden Morrow, captain of the Dallas Stars, scored the overtime winner as the Stars beat the San Jose Sharks in the first overtime, 3–2. Milan Michalek opened the scoring at 4:50 of the second period. The Stars came back quickly, and put themselves ahead 2–1, on the strength of Mike Modano's powerplay goal at 76 seconds later, at 6:06 of the second period, and Brenden Morrow's first goal, at 9:09. Jonathan Cheechoo sent the game to overtime by tying it up at 16:58 of the third period. Brenden Morrow scored his game-winning goal early, at 4:39 of the first overtime. The Stars have taken home-ice advantage from the Sharks and now lead the series 1–0.

New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

  1 2 3 Total
New York Rangers 1 2 1 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 0 2 3 5

The Pittsburgh Penguins stormed back from being doing 3–0, scoring four straight goals, and eventually winning the game 5–4. Martin Straka opened the scoring at 13:40 of the first period, with a powerplay goal. Chris Drury scored at 1:52 of the second period, and Sean Avery made the score 3–0 with a goal at 3:37 of the same period. The Penguins began their comeback with two goals 14 seconds apart; Jarkko Ruutu scored Pittsburgh's first goal at 8:13 of second period, and Pascal Dupuis put the Penguins within one goal of tying the game at 8:27 of the second period. Pittsburgh took the lead in the second period—Marian Hossa and Petr Sykora scored 20 seconds apart to put their team ahead, 4–3, at 4:40 and 5:00 of the first period, respectively. Scott Gomez tied the game up at four with a goal at 10:04 of the third period, but Evgeni Malkin tipped a Sidney Crosby shot to put the Penguins back ahead at 18:19. The Penguins would hold on to win it, 5–4. The Penguins lead the series 1–0.

Player of the Day

Today's Player of the Day is Brenden Morrow. Morrow scored the overtime goal for the Dallas Stars, to help them win their first game of the second round 3–2, at San Jose.

For information on the selection process of the Player of the Day, see this page.


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