Friday, February 24, 2012

Daniel Sedin KTGs as Red Wings' Record-Breaking Streak Comes to an End

By Jake Heston

The Detroit Red Wings' record-setting 23-game "Hockey Town" winning streak was thwarted at the hands of Daniel Sedin, whose 2 goals and 1 assist lifted the Canucks in a classic shootout win.

Sedin slots one home in the second period, his first of two Gs. via Chicago Tribune

With 6:34 remaining in the third period, Red Winger Darren Helm (1 G, 2 assists) fed Justin Abdelkader for the go-ahead G, but the Canucks never gave up hope.

"As the game went on, I think guys started to realize what was at stake," said Sedin, who stuck in the game-tying slap shot at the end of the third period to force OT - a scoreless OT that led to a penalty shootout where Alexander Burrows took care of business in the last.

Burrows buries the game-winning shootout goal. via Chicago Tribune

At the level these two teams are playing it's not a long shot to say they'll both be in the Western Conference Finals. When asked about the win, Canucks Goaltender Luongo stated, "It was an intense game with a playoff atmosphere."

With only 18 games left in the season it's going to be a race for that top spot in the West. Which brings us to...

Jake's NHL Playoff predictions

The East:
With the way the Rangers and Lyndquist are playing right now it's hard to see them losing any 7-game series. If the Rangers trade the struggling Dubinsky to somehow bring in Rick Nash, a proven veteran with interest in coming to the Big Apple, then you already know it's GAME OVER.  Only question is then, who will they beat? The Bruins.

The West:
It doesn't look like the Red Wings or Canucks are going to cool off anytime soon, so I'm going to stick with these two teams to meet up in the West. It's hard to predict which one will come out on top, but I'm going to side with the Canucks. Their ability to win games on the road (best road record in the NHL) will play a big factor in their success going forward.

Stanley Cup Champs: Of course I'm going with my New York Rangers! Its been some time since the Rangers made a playoff run but with the exceptional play of Lyndquist and their ability to possess the puck, I'm predicting the Rangers will be brining the Cup home to New York for the first time since '94.

GO RANGERS.

Jake is on twitter @Jheston0p 


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