Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The End of "Prucha Watch"

The Detroit Red Wings ended Petr Prucha and the Phoenix Coyotes Cinderella season in Game 7 tonight by the score of 5-2.

Prucha was held scoreless and ended the playoffs with 1g, 2a and +1.

With everything surrounding the Coyotes at the beginning of the season you've got to give them credit for a remarkable season. I don't think even former Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who was know to wager on sports, would have placed a bet on the Coyotes to make the playoffs before the year started.

As I've said, I won't be covering every game in the playoffs, but I'd still like to stay dialed in. So I'll be starting a new former Ranger "Watch."

This wasn't easy as the remaining former Rangers all have their downfalls.

Let's get the easy ones out of the way Ian Laperriere - PHI (injured), Tom Poti - WASH (obvious & injured) and Scott Gomez - MTL (obvious).

Now the difficult decisions. Blair Betts - PHI (love the guy, but I can't follow the Flyers), Jed Ortmeyer - SJ (again love the guy, but he only played in two games in round one), Mikael Samuelsson - VAN (he's great now, not so much with the Rangers), and Marc Savard - BOS (supposed to be back from concussion, but not sure of availability).

So who does that leave? Manny Malhotra - SJ and Dominic Moore - MTL. Between the two I've got to give the nod to Moore. He was great on that 4th line with Hollweg and Ortmeyer back in 2005-06. Plus he wasn't a first round bust. Sorry Manny.

So, for tomorrow's Capitals/Canadiens Game 7 it will be the "Moore Watch". If Montreal wins the "Moore Watch" moves on. However, if the Capitals win it's the "Malhotra Watch" for the Conference semis.

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