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Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:31 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• The Penguins have a plan for Game 3 -- get more traffic in front of the net. "There's no secret to our game," said center Max Talbot. "It's nice to take shots from the exterior, but we need to go into the 'dirty' areas and try to create a little bit more." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Montreal's Mike Cammalleri giving the Penguins fits. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Teams being coy about injuries, especially Jordan Staal and Andrei Markov. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 2-0)

Joe Pavelski, who is one of the breakout Stars during the playoffs, looks to stay hot as the series moves to Detroit. Not only has he scored two goals in three consecutive games, but had 11 shots on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, which was a Sharks playoff record. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings must cut down on penalties to have a chance to win series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Series tied 1-1)

• Despite a slow start, the Blackhawks pulled off spectacular finish, scoring three times in the third period to defeat the Canucks. Coming off Saturday's 5-1 loss, the Hawks said multiple times before the game that getting off to a good start was crucial. But in the opening minutes, the Canucks appeared to be heading for another rout. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Chicago's Kris Versteeg picks right time for first playoff goal. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Cancuks let game get away against Blackhawks, coach says team must play better. [ Vancouver Sun ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 2-0)

• After going up 2-0 on the Flyers, something special is going on in Boston with the Bruins. The Bruins are now two wins from their first conference final since 1992, when Mario Lemieux was the star of the Penguins and not the team's owner. [ Boston Globe ]

• With the pressure now on, which direction will the Flyers now go? [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Posted on: April 30, 2010 10:36 pm

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Travis Moen of the Montreal Canadiens squares off with Mark Eaton of the Pittsburgh Penguins at center ice as Andrei Markov of the Canadiens lies injured in the background during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. Markov left the game with an injury. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 30, 2010 8:11 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:32 pm

Habs' Markov, Pens' Staal injured in Game 1

By Erin Brown

Injuries claimed a pair of top players for the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1.

Montreal's Andrei Markov and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal both left with apparent lower body and injuries and did not return to action.

Markov, a key player on the Canadiens blueline and power play unit, left the game a little less than 12 minutes into the game after he was checked into the boards by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke . Markov remained on the ice for a few minutes before being helped back to the Canadiens locker room. He favored his right leg as he left the ice.

Montreal announced between periods the defenseman suffered an upper-body injury.

In the second period, Staal collided with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban at center ice. Staal's right skate twisted awkwardly, and when the center attempted to get up, he struggled to put weight on the foot. Staal tested it again on the bench, but headed back to the locker room.

NHL Network reported Staal left the arena on crutches.

Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and TSN report Staal underwent surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon that runs across the top of the foot. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the media during Saturday's morning skate the center is day-to-day.

Staal's injury, however, is similar to what Markov suffered during the regular season. The Canadiens defenseman missed 35 games.
Posted on: April 28, 2010 11:42 pm

Three Stars: April 28

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was stellar yet again for the Canadiens, allowing just one goal on 42 shots, 18 of which came in the third period.

Second Star: Dominic Moore, Montreal Canadiens

Moore's third-period insurance goal with 3:36 to play ended up as the game-winner.

Third Star: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Montreal Canadiens

Bergeron's power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the first period gave the Canadiens the early lead.

Honorable Mentions

  • Hal Gill , Montreal Canadiens: one assist, six blocked shots
  • Andrei Markov , Montreal Canadiens: one assist, six blocked shots

Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 12:10 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

By Erin Brown

A look at news from around the league...


Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 3 Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.

• Buffalo's Ryan Miller expects plenty of pressure in a low-scoring series. [ Buffalo News ]

• What can Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers do for an encore to his stellar rookie season? [ Buffalo News ]

• Getting Tuukka Rask from Toronto has paid dividends for the Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Boston needs a big series out of winger Milan Lucic . [ Boston Herald ]

• With the B's hurting along the blueline, rookie Johnny Boychuk hopes to crack the lineup. [ Boston Globe ]


No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

• Goalie Jose Theodore expects to start Game 1 after taking a puck to the knee at practice. [ Washington Post ]

• The Capitals enter the postseason favored to win it the Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Offensively minded Washington must focus more on its own end. [ Washington Post ]

• No one on the Canadiens roster can afford to take a night off in this series. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Andrei Markov and Marc-Andre Bergeron find instant chemistry along the Habs' blueline. [ Montreal Gazette ]


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

• Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on preparing his team: "We do sex every day." [ Vancouver Province ]

• Defenseman Sami Salo is healthy and keeping his teammate in stitches. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings coach Terry Murray plans to keep his top lines intact for Game 1. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi is finally seeing his rebuilding project take shape. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• About half of the Kings' roster will make its playoff debut tonight. [ Orange County Register ]


Off-Day Teams

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

Chris Pronger did just about everything in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Devils [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire isn't looking to match lines with Philadelphia [ New York Post ]

• Flyers forward, and New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk gets support in Devils country. [ Camden Courier-Post ]


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Ottawa leads, 1-0)

• 2009 playoff phenon Marc-Andre Fleury didn't give the Penguins a chance to win on Wednesday. [ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ]

• Neither did the old Mellon Arena boards, which gave up a bad bounce for the Pens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Rookie Brian Elliott says he's glad to have survived his first playoff game. [ Ottawa Sun ]


No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Colorado leads, 1-0)

• The Sharks suffer another heart-sinking moment thanks to an ugly bounce. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene , 19, shows no fear in facing San Jose or trying to grow a playoff beard. [ Denver Post ]

• Being down in this series only adds to the Sharks' stress of reversing their playoff woes. [ Denver Post ]


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators

• Hawks winger Marian Hossa hopes he can win a Stanley Cup after two straight unsuccessful attempts. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Chicago's Brian Campbell hopes to return to the lineup sometime during this series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist returned to practice and will suit up for Game 1. [ The Tennessean ]


No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Phoenix leads, 1-0)

• Coyotes fans embrace the 'whiteout' tradition from the team's days in Winnipeg, Man. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Former 'Yotes Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk are thrilled to see Phoenix doing well. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Detroit's success hinges on whether Tomas Holmstrom can be a factor. [ Detroit News ]

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