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Posted on: May 7, 2010 9:34 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-0)

• Facing the disgrace of a series sweep on their home ice, it would be surprising if the Flyers didn't find a way to win at least one game. The sweep-avoiding win seems like a fairly common phenomenon. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Simon Gagne practices for Flyers, might play Game 4. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• With David Krejci hurt, Bruins have a hole at the center position. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 2-1)

• As the heroes seemingly change every night for the Blackhawks during the playoffs, goalie Antti Niemi has emerged as the indispensable constant. Not bad for an inexperienced goalie who has been thrust into playoff spotlight. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Several Blackhawks have fond memories of Vancouver Olympics. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Changes coming to Canucks roster as team is looking for a win. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Red Wings respond to challenge by scoring ... and scoring ... and scoring. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' Ryane Clowe says easy to forget loss with series lead. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' lack of focus brings memories of 2006 when they lost to Edmonton. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins' Stars, who didn't play like much, are the ones to blame. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Tomas Plekanec says its time for the Canadiens to use fan advantage. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:17 am
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the night

Goalie Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks stops Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks in close during the first period in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:42 am
 

Three Stars: May 3

By Erin Brown

First Star: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks

Versteeg showed incredible patience with the puck on his game-winning goal and also tallied an assist in Chicago's 4-2 comeback win over Vancouver.


Second Star: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks

Seabrook played a key role in Chicago's comeback victory, starting the rally with a goal, then setting up the tying and winning goals.



Third Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins

Lucic turned a broken play into a heads-up decision and netted the game-winner in Boston's 3-2 win over Philadelphia.


Honorable Mentions


Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: May 3, 2010 2:57 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 1-0)

• After allowing 46 shots in Game 1, the Flyers know things must change against the Bruins. The plan is simple -- do not allow many odd-man rushes and do not allow the Bruins to camp out in front of the net, but it all comes down to if the Flyers can execute or not. How important is Game 2? When they have lost the first two playoff games, the Flyers have a 2-12 series record. When they are 1-1, they are 15-15. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers' Chris Pronger gets an extra spring in his step this time of year. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Recchi might want to stick around a little longer. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Despite a rough Game 1, Antti Niemi will be starting goalie for Chicago. Coach Joel Quenneville emphatically stated he would start Game 2, one game after being shelled for five goals and being yanked after two periods during Saturday night's 5-1 defeat. "Antti's playing," Quenneville said. "No doubt. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Former Canuck Brent Sopel transforming himself with Blackhawks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Kyle Wellwood doing fine job anchoring Canucks' third line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 2-0)

• The Sharks Big Three does it again. Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, all gold-medal winning forwards for Canada in the Olympics, came through the Sharks needed them the most. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks steal the game with a little help from the referees. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

• Canadiens do their own version of the rope-a-dope to take out Penguins in Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens make the most of limited offense to even series. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They are willing to pay the price by doing the little things like blocking shots, finishing checks winning battles along the boards and in corners. The grit factor wasn't always there against Nashville, and that should be a concern for a team that is very good and knows it. Complacency endangered Chicago against Nashville, with the Blackhawks ultimately winning out because their talent was superior. In reality, though, they survived the Predators more than beating them, and chances are they won't get away with that again, especially if goaltender Antti Niemi isn't steadier throughout.

The Canucks will win if: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin do what they did against Los Angeles, which is put up a lot of points, and Mikael Samuelsson keeps scoring the way he did. That won't be easy against a more talented team, though, so Vancouver will need its secondary scorers to contribute a lot more than they did against the Kings. The penalty kill will have to be a lot better than it was against Los Angeles, which connected on nine of its first 16 chances. Roberto Luongo will have to be on his game from the outset because Chicago is a tougher team to rebound against.

 

How They Got Here

Chicago: Defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 52-22-8 record for 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Vancouver: Defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 49-28-5 record for 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
May 1 at Chicago 8 p.m.
May 3 at Chicago 9 p.m.
May 5 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 7 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 9 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
May 11 at Vancouver * 9:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Series tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 21 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Recap
Nov. 22 Chicago 1, Vancouver 0 Recap
Jan. 23 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Recap
Mar. 5 Chicago 6, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic CHI VAN
Goals For (Avg.) 2.83 4.17
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.50 3.00
Power Play 17.4% 25.0%
Penalty Kill 96.3% 61.5%

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:54 am
 

Three Stars: April 27

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

With his 53-save effort, Halak forced a Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. The netminder also set NHL records for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination and a new team record for most saves in a regulation playoff game.


Second Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri finished with two goals and an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Washington. The winger could have registered a hat trick with an empty-net goal at the end of the game, but in an unselfish act, dished off to teammate Tomas Plekanec instead.


Third Star: Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Niemi stopped 19 shots over the final two periods to preserve a series-clinching, 4-3 victory.


Honorable Mentions

  • David Krejci , Boston Bruins: two goals, one assist
  • Jonathan Toews , Chicago Blackhawks: one goal, two assists
  • Tomas Plekanec , Montreal Canadiens: one goal, one assist

Posted on: April 23, 2010 2:25 am
 

Three Stars: April 22

By Erin Brown

First Star: Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Boucher made 28 saves to record his second career postseason shutout and propel the Flyers to a series-clinching 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.


Second Star: Matt Carkner, Ottawa Senators

Carkner helped the Senators avoid elimination with his first career playoff goal 7:06 into triple overtime of Ottawa's 4-3 Game 5 win over Pittsburgh.


Third Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks needed a victory and momentum following a tough start to this series and Couture provided it with two goals in San Jose's 5-0 win over Colorado.


Honorable Mentions


Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Niemi difficult to beat after a loss

By Erin Brown

Fictional "SlapShot" goaltender Denis Lemieux felt shame for taking penalties. Chicago Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi must feel the same following a loss.

Niemi rebounded from Tuesday's Game 3 loss with a 3-0 triumph over the Nashville Predators Thursday night. It marked the second time this postseason he followed a loss with a shutout win.

The rookie has shown an uncanny ability to rebound promptly after a bad game.

During the regular season, the Finnish netminder went 8-1-1 after a loss. Four of those victories were shutouts. When including the postseason, Niemi is 10-2-1 with six shutouts.

 
 
 
 
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