THORESEN, BRIERE AND STEVENS ADVANCE TO RD 2April 23, 2008 - 9:35 AM
Congratulations to former Falcons players Patrick Thoresen, Daniel Briere and John Stevens as they have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as members of the Philadelphia Flyers. Thoresen was claimed on waivers by the Flyers late in the season, while Briere signed as a free agent with Philadelphia last summer. The Flyers will now face Montreal in round two.
On the flip side of that Washington and Philadelphia playoff series, job well done goes out to former Springfield Indians player Bruce Boudreau for his excellent job getting the Washington Capitals into the playoffs and one win away from advancing to the second round. If Springfield fans had a pick for NHL coach of the year, it would be close vote between Boudreau and John Stevens, two men that left a positive mark on Springfield Hockey history.
The Stockton Thunder's season came to a close on Tuesday night as they lost Game 6 of their opening round playoff series to Las Vegas 4-1. Stephane Goulet scored Stockton's lone goal of Game 6. Goulet finished the series with five goals and four assists for nine points in six games, including a hat trick in Game 5.
Player Notables From Stockton
* Jacob Micflikier was outstanding in the series collecting four goals and eight assists for 12 points in six games with a +7 rating.
* Stephane Goulet had five goals and four assists for nine points in six games with a +5 rating.
* Ryan O'Marra recorded two goals and seven assists for nine points in six games with a +6 rating.
* Captain Brad Farynuk had three assists in six games with a +5 rating.
* Sebastien Bisaillon played in six playoff games with Stockton, his first game-action since suffering a bad leg injury in early January. At the time of his injury, it was discussed that Bisaillon could miss the remainder of the 2007-08 campaign, but his hard-work paid off getting some playoff experience down the stretch with the Thunder.