5. San Jose Sharks @ Calgary Flames – GAME 3
After the Sharks tied the best of seven series 1-1 after game 2, they were riding that wave of momentum all the way up to game 3 in Calgary. This is where they opened the game with 3 quick goals to put the Flames in a big hole early on. Coach Mike Keenan made a goaltending change, taking out Kipper and putting in Curtis Joseph. Minutes later Cory Sarich laid a huge hit on Patrick Marleau, and this is where the Flames took over in an exciting comeback victory.
4. New Jersey Devils @ NY Rangers – GAME 3
The NY Rangers went into Jersey and handedly stole the first two games from the Devils. The Devils knew that game 3 at the Garden was a must win, and they left it all out on ice to show in a thrilling game 3 that eventually ended in OT on a lucky goal by John Madden of the Devils.
3. Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitals – GAME 1
With Philly and Washington both squeaking into the playoffs, both teams were primed and ready to go. With many fans looking forward to this 1st round matchup most, they were easily pleased in this game 1 thriller that was action packed from the drop of the puck all the way until the Alexander the Great scored the game winner in the dying minutes to clinch a game 1 victory.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings – GAME 5
The NHL finally had it’s own spotlight on this night. With no other sporting events going against it on a quiet weekday night, the Pens and Wings had a chance to put forth a memorable game 5 that would display the greatness of this game. With a Penguins tying goal with 30 seconds left in the 3rd, we would eventually see Three and a half OT’s after that. This is where Petr Sykora scored the game winner on a goal he called he would make(to an announcer) 3 periods before. Anyone watching that night may never forget this game, based on the twist and turns alone.
1. Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins – GAME 6
One of the great historical rivalries in the NHL lived up to it’s hype on this night. With the Bruins having a chance to win at home in game 6 and send it to 7 games (no one imagined), the Bruins took advantage of what would be the best playoff game of 2008, and arguably one of the best playoff games in recent memory.
It was a seesaw battle of goals from both sides for the most part, especially in the last 10 minutes where we saw a combined 5 goals total, with Boston getting the game winner in the dying minutes, sending the Garden into a frenzy.