Can you believe that perennial All-Star goaltender Roberto Luongo never had a playoff shutout before last night? Well, his 30-save performance in a 2-0 Game 2 win over St. Louis was his inaugural venture into playoff blanking history. Elliot Pap has the complete recap.
That Western Conference quarterfinal series is now headed to St. Louis with the Canucks up two games to one.
After the game, Blues head coach Andy Murray had some choice words for the Canucks in reference to the postgame scrap that ensued. But, as Tony Gallagher of The Province points out, Murray couldn’t even remember who he had out on the ice.
MK: One minute Colin Campbell wants to stop these postgame fracases from happening and then he backs off and all heck breaks loose. This is how tonight’s Boston-Montreal game could end, especially if the Bruins are about to go up 2-0. These less-talented teams don’t know what else to do with themselves when they lose.
Elsewhere in the Western Conference:
•Turning his attention to hockey, Murray still saw positives from his scoring-challenged team.
•Detroit is even more dangerous now that players from lines three and four are heating up
•Rostislav Klesla finally ended his playoff drought in Game 1 for Columbus.
•Both Chicago and Calgary were still debating Martin Havlat’s overtime winner from Game 1 on the off day before tonight’s Game 2. (My verdict: the goal was good, the interfering player was pushed into Miikka Kiprusoff.)
•Calgary head coach Mike Keenan is in postseason mode as far as what he will and won’t say.