Tag:Craig Anderson
Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:18 am

Nabokov an unsung hero in San Jose's series win

By Erin Brown

Chances are, when the 2010 Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche is looked back upon, Evgeni Nabokov 's goaltending may be a footnote.

Despite all the other storylines that emerged -- top-seeded San Jose falling behind 2-1, Dan Boyle 's own goal and the unbelievable effort of Colorado's Craig Anderson in the first four games -- Nabokov's solid play is likely to be forgotten in years to come.

"Nabby had a great series," Boyle said. "He was off one night, maybe one period, but we played well that night for him, and he saved us."

Even with a night in which he allowed five goals, Nabokov finished this series with a 1.76 goals-against average, good for second best among playoff goaltenders. Remove that Game 2 -- a game in which he won, 6-5 -- from his stats, and Nabokov's goals-against average drops to 1.16.

After Game 2, Nabokov was close to flawless. He held the Avalanche to a goal or less in three of the next four games. He may have finished with two shutouts in the series had it not been for Boyle's own goal in Game 3.

"He got stronger as the series went on, which was good for the team," Joe Pavelski said. "When he struggled a bit, we were able to find some goals. We had his back, and he had our back throughout the series."

It remains to be seen whether Nabokov and the Sharks can keep up that agreement.

Posted on: April 23, 2010 12:57 am

Avs pull Anderson

By Erin Brown

The San Jose Sharks have solved Craig Anderson . In doing so, they have chased him from the net.

The Colorado Avalanche pulled Anderson with 9:23 left in the third period. The starter allowed four goals on 33 shots. He was replaced by Peter Budaj , who allowed a goal a little less than three minutes later.

Anderson came into Thursday's Game 5 leading postseason goaltenders with a .948 save percentage. His 2.11 goals-against average ranked fifth.

Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 11:08 pm

Atta Boyle!

By Erin Brown

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle wasted little time atoning for his gaffe.

Boyle scored 72 seconds into Tuesday's contest to give San Jose the early lead over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4. The blueliner teed up a slap shot in the left circle and fired it past Avs goaltender Craig Anderson .

Boyle scored on his own net in overtime Sunday night, giving Colorado a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead. The error came after a dominating performance by the Sharks, who outshot their opponent 50-15 in regulation.

Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:27 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Capitals need to go back to Jose Theodore for Game 3. [ Washington Post ]

Jaroslav Halak shies away from war of words with Capitals [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens arleady exceeding expectations against one of league's best. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

Sabres look to reload without leading-scorer Thomas Vanek. [ Buffalo News ]

Steve Montador says Buffalo is ready to take on Bruins in Boston. [ Buffalo News ]

Steve Begin and Vladimir Sobotka provide Boston with grit. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Goalie Jonathan Quick's first playoff victory was historic for Kings. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson goes from playoff newcomer to impact player. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Canucks hope to change their anemic road record from regular season. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 2-1)

• Despite penalties, Flyers were the ones smiling at the end of Game 3. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils getting close to joining Rangers on sideline. [ New York Post ]

• Devils rookie Mark Fraser does his best to shake off nerves. [ New York Post ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 2-1)

• Penguins can't help but remember 2007 trip to playoffs vs. Senators. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Evgeni Malkin and Max Talbot working well together. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins Stars too much for Senators to handle in Game 3. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Avalanche lead 2-1)

• San Jose's 'Wrong Way Boyle' gives Avs victory in Game 3. [ Denver Post ]

• Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson truly was awesome. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Dany Heatley scratched with undisclosed injury. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Series tied 1-1)

• Predators miss Patric Hornqvist net crashing against Blackhawks. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks get the message from coach Joe Quenneville. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Dave Bolland gives Blackhawks what they're looking for -- production. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Coyotes lead 2-1)

• Coyotes show grit, toughness without Shane Doan and Vernon Fiddler. [ Arizona Republic ]

Mike Babcock, Red Wings sticking with Jimmy Howard in goal. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes Czech Line comes up big with two key goals in third period. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:53 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:39 pm

Three Stars: April 18

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche

Anderson made 51 saves in Sunday's win over the San Jose Sharks, setting an NHL playoff record for most saves without allowing a goal in regulation. The shutout was the first of his postseason career.

Second Star: ★ ★ Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Niemi rebounded from a shaky Game 1 start, making 23 saves in a 2-0 whitewash of the Nashville Predators. Eleven of his saves came in the third period.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Daniel Carcillo, Philadelphia Flyers

Despite logging a little more than seven minutes of ice time, Carcillo recorded the game-winning goal in overtime and an assist in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over New Jersey.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

After his team dominated the Avalanche during regulation, outshooting them 50-15, Boyle's pass to Douglas Murray ended up in his own net, giving Colorado the 1-0 win and 2-1 series lead.

Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:19 am

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 2

Phoenix leads series, 2-1

Overcoming the loss of captain Shane Doan and another key player, Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata scored midway through the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 4-2 victory and a 2-1 series lead. Recap | Stats


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 2

Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Malkin scored his third playoff goal, and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)

Philadelphia leads series, 2-1

Daniel Carcillo scored 3:35 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 2, No. 7 Nashville Predators 0

Series tied, 1-1

Antti Niemi , a rookie, didn't dwell on his first playoff game two nights earlier when he gave up two goals, one on a bouncing puck in a 4-1 loss in the series opener. That loss put Sunday night's game into the must-win category for the Blackhawks with Games 3 and 4 in the Western Conference series slated for Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday. Recap | Stats


No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1, No. 1 San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)

Colorado leads series, 2-1

Ryan O'Reilly was credited with a bizarre goal 51 seconds into overtime following an errant clear by defenseman Dan Boyle , giving the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 victory against San Jose on Sunday night and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series. Craig Anderson was simply splendid in net all night, stopping 51 shots. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 15, 2010 3:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 3:16 am

Three Stars: April 14

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Derek Morris, Phoenix Coyotes

Morris played a role in each of Phoenix's goals, assisting on the first two before chipping in the go-ahead goal. In addition to being the first postseason goal of the defenseman's career, it held up as the game-winner, giving the Coyotes their first home playoff win in 10 years.

Second Star: ★ ★ Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Like the Coyotes, Boucher also snapped a postseason winless streak, dating back to 2000. The Flyers netminder stopped 23 shots, and carried a shutout into the third period. That was nixed by New Jersey's Travis Zajac with less than three minutes to play, but Boucher held on for the victory.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov has been nothing short of stellar during the regular season, and that appears to be the same during the playoffs. The goalie stopped 18 of 20 shots in the first period and kept the Coyotes return to the playoffs from turning into a debacle.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

First he shows up late to the game, missing the team meeting, then goes out and allows five goals on 26 shots. Although Fleury was the victim of one bad bounce off the glass, he looked out of place on other goals, and struggled to follow the puck for most of the night.

Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:59 pm

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Sharks will win if: They play to their capabilities, which should be more than enough against a seriously overmatched opponent. Then again, meeting expectations has never been the strong suit of a team built as well as anyone to succeed at this time of year. The Sharks have become the NHL's most notorious underachievers since the lockout. That said, San Jose has four solid lines -- including one of the NHL's most dangerous in Joe Thornton , Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau -- a good balance of power and speed on defense and special teams that are among the league's best. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has had streaks of brilliance in his career, but enough meltdowns, especially since the Olympics, to give the Sharks serious cause for concern heading into the postseason. Still, this is the best possible matchup for a team in need of a confidence boost.

The Avalanche will win if: Goalie Craig Anderson stands on his head and his young teammates do not get overwhelmed by the fact they've already achieved far more than they should have. Colorado's kiddie corps may have already figured that out, as they faded badly down the stretch and barely hung on to a playoff spot. Still, the Avs do have some offensive pop with Paul Stastny , Chris Stewart , Matt Duchene and veteran Milan Hejduk . Colorado might be able to rattle Nabokov and the Sharks if it can get to them early and steal one of the first two games on the road. San Jose can be fragile in the playoffs and any reminder of that, even by a team that has nothing to lose, could make things interesting.

Regular Season Recap

San Jose: 51-20-11, 113 points (1st, Pacific Division)

Colorado: 43-30-9, 95 points (2nd, Northwest Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Colorado 9:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Colorado 10 p.m.
Apr. 22 at San Jose * 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 at Colorado * TBD
Apr. 26 at San Jose * TBD
* if necessary


Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 1 Colorado 5, San Jose 2 Recap
Oct. 30 San Jose 3, Colorado 1 Recap
Mar. 28 San Jose 4, Colorado 3 Recap
Apr. 4 Colorado 5, San Jose 4 (OT) Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic SJ COL
Goals For (Avg.) 3.13 2.89
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.55 2.78
Power Play 21.0% 18.1%
Penalty Kill 85.0% 80.2%

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