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Pens, Canucks Stave off Elimination

(4/19/12) Pittsburgh scored a touchdown and chipped in a field goal to down the Eagles Flyers 10-3... Uhh... Wait, this is a hockey score?  Seriously, what is going on in this series?  Unlike a Steelers-Eagles matchup, there's no defense to be found, and it's the third straight game where one team has reached eight goals or more!  Fantasy owners are loving it!

Surprisingly, no player recorded more than three points on the night, but there were still many notable fantasy performances.  Jordan Staal recorded a hat-trick, Evgeni Malkin had 2G and 1A, Sidney Crosby and Steve Sullivan each had 1G and 2A, and five more players posted a 2-point outing - Dupuis, Niskanen, Kunitz, Cooke, and Kennedy.

Not surprisingly, considering all the goals, 16 of the top 25 Playoff scorers are now from the Flyers or Penguins.  

 

 

The Canucks also faced elimination last night, but they came through with a better effort than the first three games and secured a 3-1 win against the Kings.  Cory Schneider was once again excellent, stopping 43 shots, and we have to think he'll remain between the pipes through the end of the first round, win or lose.  Daniel Sedin also made a miraculous recovery after missing the beginning of the series, and he returned to play his usual minutes, notching an assist and looking like his usual self.  Henrik had a goal, as did Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa, while Kopitar tallied for the Kings.  

 

 

And finally, the Senators came back from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Rangers in OT and draw even in the series.  Callahan and Stralman opened the scoring for the Blue Shirts, and then Michalek and Gonchar got the Senators on the board.  In OT, the hero turned out to be Kyle Turris, who buried a wicked wrist shot a little less than three minutes into overtime.