Another former Boston College Eagle has found his way into the conference semifinals, and this one actually plays.
That would be Rob Scuderi, who wore the maroon and gold from 1997 to 2001 and was on Jerry York’s first national championship team at Boston College. He and his Los Angeles Kings are through to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as the defending champs beat the St. Louis Blues, 2-1. Los Angeles fell behind 0-2 in their series, but took the next four games to end it in six games.
As for last night’s game, Scuderi assisted on the game-winning (and series-winning) goal which came with one second remaining in the second period. He played 31 shifts in the victory.
There are several BC faces in the New York Rangers organization, and they are on the brink of elimination after a 2-1 overtime loss in Washington. Former Eagle Brian Boyle had quite the active night, scoring the Rangers’ only goal and then taking a penalty which gave the Capitals a power play — which they converted in eleven seconds. Boyle dominated on faceoffs in Game 4, but in Game 5, he only won five of thirteen.
In the only other series with an active ex-Eagle, Patrick Eaves’ Detroit Red Wings provided some overtime heroics of their own as they came away with a 4-3 win in the extra period. That win will force a decisive seventh game on Sunday night in Anaheim. Eaves, however, did not play in Game 6 as he was a healthy scratch from the lineup. One-year Eagle Ben Lovejoy had a shot on goal and was -1 for the game.