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 20, 2010 12:32 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:39 am
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:08 am
A look at news from around the league...
• 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 ]
• When things get crucial, look for Pittsburgh's Max Talbot to contribute. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]
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 look for a change in strategy for Game 2. [ Chicago Tribune ]
• 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 ]
• Goaltending questions face Capitals for rest of the series. [ Washington Times ]
No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Series tied 1-1)
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Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 2:03 am
By Erin Brown
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Andrei Kostitsyn, Anze Kopitar, Boston Bruins, Buffalo-Boston, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Jose Theodore, Los Angeles Kings, Michael Ryder, Montreal Canadiens, Nicklas Backstrom, Quarters, Vancouver-Los Angeles, Washington Capitals, Washington-Montreal, Western Conference, Western Conference Quarterfinals, Zdeno Chara
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:39 am
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
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
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
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Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 1:24 am
By Erin Brown
If you are a fan of goaltending duels, it pays to be a night owl.
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.