Tag:Anze Kopitar
Posted on: April 20, 2010 12:32 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:39 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Wayne Simmonds , Drew Doughty , Rob Scuderi , Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings stand on the ice prior to taking on the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3, the first playoff game at Staples Center since 2002. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:08 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 2 New Jersey Devils at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 6 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Flyers center Jeff Carter by lack of production. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers hope fans, home-ice advantage will help take series against Devils. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils prepare for shift to Philadelphia, look to matchup better in Game 3. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 6:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Pittsburgh's Alexei Ponikarovsky painful looks to score in Game 3. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators look to control Sidney Crosby as series shifts to Ottawa. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• When things get crucial, look for Pittsburgh's Max Talbot to contribute. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Avs Rob Blake has become Public Enemy No. 1. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Colorado third-line winger Kevin Porter is out for Game 3. [ Denver Post ]

Paul Stastny's ties with dad go back a long time. [ Denver Post ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Nashville leads 1-0)

• Predators look to win another game on road, take commanding lead. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi looks to shake off fluke from Game 1. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks look for a change in strategy for Game 2. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 3 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Coyotes looking to ruin Red Wings day with a Game 3 win. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Mike Emrick says Phoenix could make a great Cinderella story. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings seemed more inspired, intense in Game 2. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

Alex Ovechkin gets energized and so do the Capitals. [ Washington Post ]

• Goaltending questions face Capitals for rest of the series. [ Washington Times ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Series tied 1-1)

• No luck of the bounces this time for Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Buffalo News ]

Zdeno Chara's hit a huge moment in the series for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Leading-scorer Thomas Vanek's injury a huge blow to Sabres. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Series tied 1-1)

• Kings the better, and smarter, team, thanks to Rob Scuderi. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Anze Kopitar helps push Kings past Canucks. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 2:03 am

Three Stars: April 17

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom posted a four-point night, including a hat trick. Backstrom's first sparked Washington's rally to overcome a 4-1 deficit, his second squared it at four apiece and his third was the overtime game-winner.

Second Star: ★ ★ Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

It isn't often a three-goal night goes to waste, but that's exactly what the Canadiens' did with Kostitsyn's effort. The first of his playoff career, Kostitsyn's hat trick was the first by a Canadiens player since 1993.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar's two points came at crucial times for the Kings, who knotted their series with the Vancouver Canucks. Kopitar set up teammate Wayne Simmonds on a 3-on-1 to the tie game at two apiece, then scored his first career playoff goal in overtime.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals

For the second straight year, Theodore entered as Washington's No. 1 goaltender and failed to get through the second game. He allowed goals on the first two Canadiens shots and was pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov. Theodore becomes the first goalie since Ed Belfour in 1990 to allow two goals on two shots in a playoff game.

Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:39 am

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

No. 6 Boston Bruins 5, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Series tied, 1-1

In cracking the Buffalo Sabres' third-period lockdown, Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara scored two minutes apart and led the Bruins to a 5-3 comeback victory on Saturday that tied the first-round, Eastern Conference playoff series at 1. Recap | Stats


No. 1 Washington Capitals 6, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Nicklas Backstrom completed a hat trick by scoring only 31 seconds into overtime, helping the top-seeded Capitals finish a Wild comeback to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 Saturday night and even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 3, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Anze Kopitar scored on a power play 7:28 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday, tying the Western Conference series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 1:24 am

A late-night duel worth staying up for

By Erin Brown

If you are a fan of goaltending duels, it pays to be a night owl.

The Vancouver Canucks-Los Angeles Kings matchup is shaping as a goaltending clinic put on by Roberto Luongo and Jonathan Quick .

Through two games, Luongo and Quick have played evenly, each posting a league-leading 2.21 goals-against average. Quick, however, gets the edge in save percentage. He tops all postseason goaltenders with a mark of .928, while Luongo is fourth at .915.

Whereas other series have involved at least one meltdown by a netminder thus far, Luongo and Quick have been downright stubborn in letting pucks get through. And that's pretty impressive given the offensive talent they're facing from players like Vancouver's Henrik Sedin or Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar among others.

Unfortunately, since all the games in this series begin at 10 p.m. and the first two have gone to overtime on both occasions, those needing to be up early for work likely are missing out on some great netminding.

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