The NCAA Frozen Four saw two blowout games as Wisconsin trounced the Tigers of RIT 8-1 and BC wiped up Miami 7-1. Wisconsin just dominated RIT for the entire game while we saw more of the tight checking physical game that was expected at the start of the BC/Miami game. Boston College score on 2 of their first 3 power play opportunities. Early in the 3rd period, Miami closed the gap to 3-1 but an onslaught of soft goals put the game well out of reach for the Redhawks. This is the 4th time in the last 5 seasons that Miami had their season ended by BC. The National Championship game between Wisconsin and BC will be played tomorrow night at 7pm et on ESPN2.
The National Hockey League saw 9 games in action Thursday night, a loss by Montreal and a win by Boston moves the Bruins up into 6th and demotes the Canadians to 7th place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Pittsburgh Penguins concluded their regular season home schedule with a win against the New York Islanders 7-3, Sidney Crosby took the lead in the Rocket Richard race netting his 49th goal of the season. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, tied Alex Ovechkin for 2nd place in the Richard race, plotting his 48th goal on the year in a 4-3 shootout win at home against the Ottawa Senators.
Out west, the Dallas Stars edged the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-2 shootout win as the Dallas fans saw what could be Mike Modano’s last game at American Airlines Arena. Modano had a goal and an assist including the game-tying goal near the end of regulation – he also added a goal in the shootout. The San Jose Sharks extended their lead for 1st place in the conference by beating the Vancouver Canucks at home 4-2, Joe Thornton had the eventual game-winning goal and was a plus 2. 76 penalty minutes were amassed between the two teams in the 3rd period as things got a little heated on the ice. The Sharks conclude their regular season at home Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The game to watch tonight: The New York Rangers play host to the Philadelphia Flyers in a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Rangers need to win tonight and Sunday against the Flyers with at least one of those wins in regulation in order to clinch the final playoff spot.