And a child shall lead Them
Rookie goalkeeper have had success in the Stanley Cup playoffs before – notably with Ken Dryden in 1971 and Patrick Roy in 1986, both leading the Montreal Canadiens to the Cup – but never before has a crop of rookie goalkeeper Playoffs, dominated as they have this season.
Of the five remaining teams in the playoffs this year are three of rookie goalies, and another led by a first year starter. Carolina's Cam Ward, Buffalo's Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov Anaheim and San Jose's Vesa Toskala's have enjoyed all the incredible playoff success so far.
Seven-year veteran Dwayne Roloson of the Edmonton Oilers, was in a mid-season trade with the Minnesota Wild acquired is the only experienced goalkeeper left. I do not think anyone have predicted that, especially with the presence of such big names as goalkeeper Martin Brodeur and Miikka Kiprusoff and other veteran backstops or NHL powerhouses such as Detroit's Manny Legace, Dallas's Marty Turco Jose Theodore and Colorado, among the competitors.
The New Favorite
Thanks to a surprisingly easy win four games a victory over the New Jersey Devils and a dominant performance four straight games over Montreal after losing the first two in Round 1, which have Carolina Hurricanes win the Cup as the new favorite to Lord Stanley's. Despite termination the regular season with 112 points, just one behind Eastern Conference leader Ottawa, the Hurricanes' Odds win the Cup in the playoffs have been posted on 01.10. That was before the Oddsmakers had seen Ward away almost every shot he fight to have.
In 10 playoff games, the 22-year-old rookie only allowed 17 goals while posting a 1.77 goals against average (GAA). Ward let in just five goals in four victories over Carolina, New Jersey, when he transferred his childhood idol Brodeur. With his stellar play, and the Hurricanes' opportunistic offense under the direction of 100-point scorer Eric Staal, Carolina will be tough to beat.
The Upstart Challenger
The Sabres' Miller Goalie is the only US-born among the Fab Four. He hopes the feat of another rookie goalie twice the American, Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals conducted in 1987. After a shaky start in Game 1 against Ottawa, Buffalo's defense shut down the Senators Miller and the rest of the way so that two or less Goals in each of the last four games. The Michigan native has a 2.25 GAA and .921 save percentage in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Buffalo's defense was stellar against Miller. Defender Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder lead all playoff performers in plus / minus at plus-13. The Sabres' offense has been scoring in bunches. Buffalo has a team leading 43 goals scored in 11 games and is riding high after shorthanded, winger Jason Pominville overtime goal won the series against Ottawa.
Mr. Perfect – Almost
Anaheim's Bryzgalov was the most surprising and impressive of the rookies. Bryzgalov is not even in the playoffs, as the Ducks' No. 1 goalie. That honor went to Jean-Sebastian Giguere, who led Anaheim to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003, his second year in the league, and was the Conn Smythe winner as MVP of the playoffs the season.
After the separation of their first four games against Calgary in Round 1 was the Ducks to conversion Bryzgalov and they did not regretted. The 24-year-old Russian is practically stood on his head, as he is saving Sporting a ridiculous 0.87 GAA and .967 percent. He took three straight shutouts, including Game 7 in Calgary to clinch the series. It set a rookie playoff record Bryzgalov held opponents scoreless for 249 minutes 15 seconds. Only Montreal's George Hainsworth, 270:08 in 1930, has had a longer playoff scoreless streak.
The Final Four
San Jose's hopes Toskala, his comrades in the first Years netminder in the conference finals to join. After winning a series against Nashville in Round 1, including a department store in Game 2, and two 2-1 victories at the Edmonton open series Toskala and the Sharks find themselves on the ropes as the Oilers stormed back to take over have a 3-2 series lead. Edmonton will try to close It at home on Wednesday evening.
San Jose's offense from Patrick Marleau, all playoff scorers with nine leads resulted. The Sharks will need an early lead and Toskala help protect them a force Game 7 at home on Friday.
The Matchup between Ward and Miller should be as entertaining as it gets. Both are able to steal a game or two for their respective teams. Carolina is the favorite, but Buffalo has a lot of Momentum and Miller has shown he can close games with four one-goal win victory against Ottawa. Look for the Sabres get to the Finals.
The Ducks had a long time After unexpectedly sweeping the Avalanche. Anaheim can be a little rusty, the Conference Finals to start, but the ducks have good veteran leadership in Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne and the game of stellar Bryzgalov last trip, either the Oilers or the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Finals advance.
Cialis Western Open
6 to 9 July
Cog Hill G & CC, Lemont, Illinois
Live on XM 146/USA/ABC
Purse: $ 5,000,000
Last Champion: Jim Furyk
The Cialis Western Open, conducted by the Western Golf Association, has a history unmatched by all except one Golf Championship in the United States. First held in 1899, is the oldest of the Western Open Championship on the PGA TOUR and the second oldest professional golf championship in the nation. Only the U.S. Open, 1895 is the first United States Golf Association carried out is over.
If the PGA TOUR professionals to come to Chicago each Year in the competition Cialis Western Open it in the sacred footsteps of golf's greats are after. Past champions include golf greatest legends, including Chick Evans, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. have the last two decades, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Tom Weiskopf, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price and Tiger Woods add seen your name for the Western Open, the JK Wadley impressive list of Champions Cup.
Today, the Western Open as the creation event of the PGA TOUR. Much has changed since 1899, including the prize money. This year's 102nd Western Open purse totals $ 5,000,000, with the winner earning $ 900,000. In the first year of the Western Open, is the total purse was $ 150, with the winner earning $ 50.
At last year's tournament Furyk after the second position last year, three times, including a devastating loss last weekend, Furyk against all Sports Betting Odds Comparison answered Woods' charge with three straight birdies and hung on the Cialis Western Open win. It was his 10th PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2003 Buick Open.
After tapping in for a birdie, Furyk took off his cap and shook hands with third-round co-leader Ben Curtis. Furyk then turned and pumped his fists to the cheering crowd before the release of a long hug with caddy Fluff Cowan.
"You take the combination of last week, surgery and not win, because surgery that you are all together and it was an emotional win, "said Furyk, the half of last year, missed out after wrist surgery.
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