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Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2010 8:59 pm
 

Series Recap: Boston 4, Buffalo 2

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Series MVP: Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins

For the Bruins to have any chance against the Buffalo Sabres, Boston needed a huge effort from their rookie netminder. Rask backstopped the Bruins with the poise of a veteran, at times outplaying Olympic MVP Ryan Miller . The Finn showed no jitters in his first postseason game, a 2-1 loss, and rebounded with three straight wins, holding Buffalo to two or fewer goals in two of those. His 35-save effort in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 swung the momentum toward Boston. Rask finishes the first round among the top goaltenders in save percentage (fourth, .927) and goals-against average (fourth, 2.18).

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Off the Mark

Wes Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Miller is a difference maker.
Erin Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
Mike Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
Dennis Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.

 

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 15 at Buffalo BUF, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 17 at Buffalo BOS, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 19 at Boston BOS, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 21 at Boston BOS, 3-2 (2OT) Recap
Apr. 23 at Buffalo BUF, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 26 at Boston BOS, 4-3 Recap
Boston wins series, 4-2

Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:09 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. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins hoping to get the good word from doctor on Marc Savard. [ Boston Globe ]

• Bruins have no choice but to move Milan Lucic and Marco Sturm. [ Boston Globe ]

• Sabres trying to find a way to force Game 7. [ Washington Post ]

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Montreal's Hal Gill thrives during the playoffs. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Washington's Alexander Semin has been quiet during playoffs. [ Washington Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators, 9 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks looking to close out series against desperate Predators. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Predators upset by NHL's lack of punishment for Marian Hossa. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators confidence remains high against Blackhawks for Game 6. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 3-3)

• Coyotes fans offered a real treat ... a Game 7 in the hockey playoffs. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard says Coyotes got lucky. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' legacy all on the line in Arizona for a win or go home Game 7. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Former Detroit Stars Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider spark Coyotes win. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 25, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2010 12:25 pm
 

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 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 2 p.m. (Red Wings lead 3-2)

• Coyotes' Shane Doan to be another game-time decision. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes ready to face their toughest challenge of the season. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' grinders playing just fine in first-round series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Playoff pendulum has swung in Vancouver's direction. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Killer instinct key for Canucks in Game 6. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Kings to stick with starting goalie Jonathan Quick. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau still considering lineup changes. [ Washington Post ]

• If Capitals can finish off Canadiens, maybe they aren't ready for Stanely Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens' juggling lineup paying off so far. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins' Zdeno Chara gets the green light for Game 6. [ Buffalo News ]

• Sabres' Thomas Vanek skating on fifth line, but return looks doubtful. [ Buffalo News ]

• Slow-starting Bruins looking for that early spark. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks' Marian Hossa goes from goat to hero. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Martin Erat's errors offset two-goal game for Predators. [ The Tennessean ]

Barry Melrose believes Hossa should be suspended. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 24, 2010 8:35 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

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Tonight's Games

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 3 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

Jordin Tootoo misses practice after receiving 45 stitches in face. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators face desperation for Game 5 ... and that's a good thing. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks looking to take control in see-saw series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.(Penguins lead 3-2)

• Overtime games are hard to forget for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators willing to do whatver it takes, including sacrificing bodies. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

Pascal Leclaire recalls Game 5, the most exiciting game he's played. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 10 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-2)

• Finally seeing results, Sharks look to continue attacking. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene taking the hits. [ Denver Post ]

Peter Mueller very doubtful for Avalanche in Game 6. [ Denver Post ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Capitals lead 3-2)

Jacques Martin's juggling lineup pays off for Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Jaroslav Halak is the difference as Canadiens take Game 5. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals haven't learned how to make it easy on themselves. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Bruins lead 3-2)

• With Sabres still alive, fans and city still believe. [ Buffalo News ]

• Boston defensive stalwart Zdeno Chara faces suspension. [ Buffalo News ]

• Line changes put a jump into Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Canucks get swagger back, play best game of series to take 3-2 lead. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks finally played to their potential. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Crushing blow to Kings, puts season on the brink of elimination. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes (Red Wings lead 3-2)

• Late scoring pushes Red Wings to victory past Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Tomas Holmstrom's goal is the dagger the Red Wings needed in Game 5. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes' Mathieu Schneider sees first action in series. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 1:45 am
 

Three Stars: April 23

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak stopped 37 shots, including 12 in the final period to preserve Montreal's 2-1 win over Washington and force Game 6.


Second Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Although he had more help from his team in Game 5, Miller put up another stellar performance, stopping 35 shots in Buffalo's 4-1 win over Boston. His shutout bid fell short when Johnny Boychuk scored with 2:30 left in the game.


Third Star: Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

Samuelsson continued his tear Friday night with two goals and an assist in Vancouver's 7-2 win over Los Angeles. The Swede has at least one goal in five straight games and now leads all postseason goal scorers with seven.


Honorable Mentions


Goats of the night: Jonathan Quick & Erik Ersberg, Los Angeles Kings

It is bad enough when a team's goaltender gets pulled, but two? After Quick got yanked for giving up four goals on 21 shots, the same happened to Ersberg, who allowed two on four. Quick was thrown back into the game and gave up his fifth of the night.



Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:29 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Friday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 2, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Washington leads, 3-2

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of Montreal's first five shots, and the eighth-seeded Canadiens beat Alex Ovechkin 's Capitals 2-1 to extend their Eastern Conference matchup. Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 4, No. 6 Boston Bruins 1

Boston leads, 3-2

Buffalo built a three-goal lead on tallies by Adam Mair , Jason Pominville , and Mike Grier in the first 30 minutes and rebounded from a devastating loss, beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Friday to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 4, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1

Detroit leads, 3-2

Jimmy Howard turned in another outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.  Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 7, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 3-2

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 on Friday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series.  Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 23, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Tyler Ennis of the Buffalo Sabres dives to score a third period empty net goal past Dennis Wideman of the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 23, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2010 10:50 pm
 

Sabres step up to help Miller, themselves

By Erin Brown

The Buffalo Sabres finally figured out Ryan Miller cannot do it all on his own.

The Sabres stepped up their game offensively and in front of their superstar netminder to avoid elimination by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 5 Friday night. Buffalo trails Boston in the series, 3-2.

Adam Mair gave Miller some breathing room with a goal 1:54 into the game. Jason Pominville padded the lead with his second of the playoffs with 66 left in the opening period. Mike Grier scored midway through the second period, giving Buffalo its first three-goal lead of the series.

Miller did his part as well, stopping 34 shots. He was two and a half minutes shy of a shutout when Boston's Johnny Boychuk struck with a power play goal.

But the Sabres also tended to their own end, blocking 26 Bruins shots. It was the most blocked shots for Buffalo since Dec. 14, 2009, when they got in front of 30 attempts by the Montreal Canadiens.

"They definitely came out hard in the third," Miller said. "I think they were trying to establish thay they don't have any quit in them either. I thought for the most part, we handled it real well. We got in the lanes, we supported each other. There were two, three guys on the puck at all times. It made it tough for them to get inside."

Miller had extra thanks for teammate Grier, who took a puck to the head a little less than nine minutes into the third period. Grier immediately went back to the locker room.

"Griersy getting down and sacrificing his body, ultimately taking that one in the back of the head," Miller said. "It was a little bit scary, especially with what happened last night with [Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian] Laperriere. You don't like to see it, so I am glad it mainly hit him in the helmet.

"Mike set a great example. Every game this series, he's had some sort of impact. He's definitely been the guy to look to on our team."


 
 
 
 
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