CS Hockey Tournament: Starting the 2nd Half

Posted: July 31, 2011 by Crimespree Hockey in Fantasy Hockey
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The Battle of Pennsylvania Part II took place in Philly this time.  The Flyers’ Eric Desjardins started the scoring midway through the first, but the Penguins’ Jeff Taffe tied it up with an unassisted goal 17 seconds later.  In the first minute of the second period, Mario Lemieux gave Pittsburgh its’ first lead of the game at 2-1.  Three minutes later, the Flyers’ young star James van Riemsdyk knotted the game at two apiece.  Lemieux scored his second of the game late in the period to put the Penguins up 3-2 heading into the third period.  But that lead wouldn’t last one minute into the third, as Rod Brind’Amour knotted the game at 3.  Brind’Amour scored again five minutes later to give the Flyers a lead.  Eric Lindros scored on a late powerplay (thanks to a Jordan Staal high sticking double minor), putting the Flyers up 5-3 and giving Philly the win.  

The Rangers traveled to Boston in a rematch of the opening game of the tournament.  The game was chippy early, culminating in a P.J. Stock five minute major for boarding.  Stock was also ejected from the game.  Unfortunately for New York, their scoring woes continued as Boston killed off the entire penalty.  They were rewarded when Joe Juneau scored shortly after the powerplay expired, putting the Bruins up 1-0.  In the second, P.J. Axelsson scored, giving Boston a 2-0 lead.  The chippiness carried over when Brandon Prust tried to intentionally injure Boston captain Zdeno Chara, and was thrown out of the game for kneeing.  Boston also failed to score on their five minute major powerplay, but they added a goal early in the third period by Dave Andreychuk to give Boston a 3-0 lead that they would end the game with.

The final game took place in Columbus, as the Blue Jackets hosted the Kings.  This would be one of the best games in the tournament so far.  The Kings started quick, scoring two goals, one by Wayne Gretzky and the other by Kevin Stevens, putting Los Angeles up 2-0, and showed the signs of a rout.  But the Jackets struck back before intermission, thanks to Derick Brassard.  Columbus tied the game shortly into the second period on a goal by David Vyborny.  The Kings got their two goal lead back, though, with two goals separated by three minutes from Nelson Emerson and Ray Ferraro.  Ian Laperriere was whistled for charging at 17:31, and seven seconds later Grant Clitsome capitalized on the powerplay, cutting the Kings’ lead to one.  The Jackets’ comeback hopes took a blow when Kevin Dineen was given a five minute crosschecking penalty (and game misconduct) with 14 minutes left in the game.  Not only did the Jackets kill off the powerplay, but Derick Brassard scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game.  There was no scoring in the rest of the third, or overtime, as the game headed to the shootout.  Ziggy Palffy scored in the second round of the shootout, and Jonathan Quick robbed David Vyborny to give Los Angeles the 5-4 win.

Standings…W-L-O…Pts…GF-GA
Los Angeles…5-1-0…10…23-14
Philadelphia…5-1-0…10…22-15
Boston…4-1-1…9…15-10
Pittsburgh…3-3-0…6…18-16
Columbus…1-3-2…4…15-23
New York…0-5-1…1…9-25

Scoring Leaders
Gretzky (LA) 6-5-11
M. Lemieux (Pit) 5-4-9
Cullen (Pit) 3-6-9
Gagne (Phi) 1-8-9
Brind’Amour (Phi) 8-0-8
Lindros (Phi) 4-4-8
Clitsome (Cbj) 2-6-8
Robitaille (LA) 3-4-7
Zherdev (Cbj) 3-4-7
J. Johnson (LA) 1-6-7

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