Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:16 am
Edited on: April 27, 2010 12:27 am

Series Recap: Chicago 4, Nashville 2

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Series MVP: Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews did it all for Chicago, which is now undefeated in 10 straight series when leading 3-2. The Blackhawks captain led his team with eight points (two goals, six assists). Toews notched the game-winner in Game 6, a tap-in at the side of the net with 31 seconds left in the first period. Away from the net, he led Hawks centers in the faceoff circle, winning 59.3 of his draws. He was also instrumental on Chicago's penalty killing unit, which held the Predators to just one power play goal in 26 opportunities, logging an average of three minutes per game.


Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
Erin Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
Dennis Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.


No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 16 at Chicago NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 18 at Chicago CHI, 2-0 Recap
Apr. 20 at Nashville NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at Nashville CHI, 3-0 Recap
Apr. 24 at Chicago CHI, 5-4 (OT) Recap
Apr. 26 at Nashville CHI, 5-3 Recap
Chicago 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

Complete Bracket & Schedule

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 25, 2010 2:28 am

Three Stars: April 24

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Pavelski wrapped up his stellar first-round series with a three-point night, which included the eventual-game winner in San Jose's 5-2 vuctory over Colorado.

Second Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago's Marian Hossa may have scored the game-winner in the Blackhawks' 5-4 triumph, but it was Kane who scored a shorthanded goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Third Star: Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins

With his team down by three goals, Cooke scored twice over the final 30 minutes to force overtime in Pittsburgh's 4-3 series-clinching win over Ottawa.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:01 am

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

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No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5, No. 7 Nashville Predators 4 (OT)

Chicago leads, 3-2

Marian Hossa scored 4:07 into overtime after Patrick Kane 's short-handed goal had tied the game with 13.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the Blackhawks rallied and beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 for a 3-2 series lead. Recap | Stats


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 3 (OT)

Pittsburgh wins, 4-2

Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime for Pittsburgh, which erased a three-goal deficit and eliminated the Ottawa Senators from the playoffs with a 4-3 victory in Game 6 on Saturday. Recap | Stats


No. 1 San Jose Sharks 5, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 2

San Jose wins, 4-2

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the tiebreaking tally midway through the third period, to lift the Sharks to a series-clinching 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in Game 6. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 24, 2010 9:01 pm

Predators still winless in Game 5s

By Erin Brown

Forget 13. It is five that is unlucky for the Nashville Predators.

The Predators dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday to remain winless all-time in Game 5s.

It looked for a while like Nashville might break that slide. The Predators overcame a 3-1 lead on goals by Joel Ward and Martin Erat , who also scored midway through the third period to give Nashville the lead.

But Chicago's Patrick Kane scored with 16 seconds left to force overtime. Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa sealed the win a little more than four minutes into the extra period.

Unlucky No. 5
Date Opponent Score
Apr. 24, 2010 Chicago L, 5-4 (OT)
Apr. 18, 2008 Detroit L, 2-1 (OT)
Apr. 20, 2007 San Jose L, 3-2
Apr. 30, 2006 San Jose L, 2-1
Apr. 15, 2004 Detroit L, 4-1

Posted on: April 24, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 6:28 pm

Hawks penalty killing sets up Hossa's redemption

By Erin Brown

After putting his teammates in a tight spot, Marian Hossa redeemed himself in the best way possible.

Hossa, who received a major penalty the waning moments of the third period, scored in overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory and 3-2 series lead over the Nashville Predators.

It is a good thing for the Blackhawks that Nashville's power play has struggled this postseason. The Predators are now 0-for-22 with the man advantage.

The winger tallied the game-winner nine seconds after his penalty expired. Parked at the left side of the Predators net, Hossa knocked in a rebound from Brent Sopel 's slap shot from the right point.

With his team trailing by a goal, Hossa received a major for boarding with 63 seconds left in regulation after he shoved Nashville's Dan Hamhuis from behind into the end boards. Despite playing shorthanded, Patrick Kane tied the contest with 16 seconds remaining to force overtime.

But the Blackhawks still had four minutes to kill off in the Hossa penalty the extra period began.

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 ]

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