Tag:Daniel Sedin
Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:17 am
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Snap Shot: Photo of the night

Goalie Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks stops Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks in close during the first period in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 1, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:24 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 12:30 p.m.

• Flyers looking to take Game 1 in series' first dance. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins, Flyers have different styles, but get ready for a great fight. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m.

• Blackhawks know its all about stopping the twin duo of Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin . Henrik scored a career-high and NHL-leading 112 points. Daniel amassed a career-best 85 points in just 63 games.No team's top line boasts the same combination of firepower and hockey ESP, but then no top line features two players who literally have grown together since birth. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault waiting to last minute to pick fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 1-0)

• As Penguins move the puck more, the more effectively they have been on the power play. It's no surprise that the Penguins were four-for-four in the 6-3 victory over the Canadiens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Jordan Staal injured, likely out for some time for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' Josh Gorges says don't blame goalie Jaroslav Halak . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead series 1-0)

• It didn't take long for Sharks coach Todd McLellan to start sparring with Detroit counterpart Mike Babcock . Babcock stirred things up with his accusation after Game 1 that Devin Setoguchi embellished the Red Wings penalty that led to San Jose's winning goal, punctuating his charge with a geographic reference that made it more personal. "You're from Western Canada," Babcock said, "don't do that crap." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Johan Franzen starting to hid stride for Red Wings. [ Detroit Free Press ]


Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They are willing to pay the price by doing the little things like blocking shots, finishing checks winning battles along the boards and in corners. The grit factor wasn't always there against Nashville, and that should be a concern for a team that is very good and knows it. Complacency endangered Chicago against Nashville, with the Blackhawks ultimately winning out because their talent was superior. In reality, though, they survived the Predators more than beating them, and chances are they won't get away with that again, especially if goaltender Antti Niemi isn't steadier throughout.

The Canucks will win if: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin do what they did against Los Angeles, which is put up a lot of points, and Mikael Samuelsson keeps scoring the way he did. That won't be easy against a more talented team, though, so Vancouver will need its secondary scorers to contribute a lot more than they did against the Kings. The penalty kill will have to be a lot better than it was against Los Angeles, which connected on nine of its first 16 chances. Roberto Luongo will have to be on his game from the outset because Chicago is a tougher team to rebound against.

 

How They Got Here

Chicago: Defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 52-22-8 record for 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Vancouver: Defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 49-28-5 record for 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
May 1 at Chicago 8 p.m.
May 3 at Chicago 9 p.m.
May 5 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 7 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 9 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
May 11 at Vancouver * 9:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Series tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 21 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Recap
Nov. 22 Chicago 1, Vancouver 0 Recap
Jan. 23 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Recap
Mar. 5 Chicago 6, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic CHI VAN
Goals For (Avg.) 2.83 4.17
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.50 3.00
Power Play 17.4% 25.0%
Penalty Kill 96.3% 61.5%

Posted on: April 26, 2010 1:19 am
 

Three Stars: April 25

By Erin Brown

First Star: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov made 31 saves, 25 of which came in the first two periods, in Phoenix's 5-2 win to force a Game 7.


Second Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin set up a tying goal and scored the winning goal in Vancouver's 4-2 comeback win over Los Angeles.


Third Star: Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

Like Sedin, Samuelsson played a big role in Vancouver's third-period comeback, recording assists on both the tying and winning goals.


Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 26, 2010 1:03 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

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

Series tied, 3-3

Phoenix scored its first three goals on special teams and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Sunday that forced Game 7 in the first-round series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 4, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 4-2

Daniel Sedin scored with 2:03 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from another third-period deficit to finish off their first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-2 victory in Game 6 on Sunday night. Recap | Stats


Posted on: April 26, 2010 12:18 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 12:28 am
 

Canucks ready to roll into next round

By Erin Brown

Alex Burrows scored his first goal in 11 games Sunday night, and to celebrate, he mimicked the act of shooting an arrow into the air.

Although the gesture was for his departed teammate and friend, Luc Bourdon, the motion could have easily sent another message: the Vancouver Canucks are back on target.

After an average start to a series against a youthful Los Angeles Kings team, the Canucks found their game, especially in the third period of the last three contests. Vancouver outscored Los Angeles 11-3 in the final 20 minutes of Games 4 through 6.

"We're resilient. We don't give up," Roberto Luongo said. "A couple times we had to come back in the third period in this series and we did it a bunch of times in the regular season. There's no quit in us."

Going forward, Vancouver's opponents will have to face a squad that appears to have worked out most of its kinks.

Luongo, while not among the league leaders in goals-against average or save percentage, has limited opponents to two goals in each of his last two games. Daniel Sedin snapped a 10-game slide of not scoring in a game where the Canucks had the ability to clinch a series. And then there's Burrows, Vancouver's leading goal-scorer during the regular season, who is back on the scoresheet.

"Even though it is an empty-netter, this time of year it doesn't really matter," Burrows said. "It's about the team and winning every game. We're really happy to get it done."

The only weakness Vancouver needs to tackle before the Conference Semifinals is their penalty killing, which is dead last this postseason. The Canucks have successfully killed off just 61.5 percent of its infractions.

"PK has been a problem for us," Sedin said. "We picked it up the last two games, but this series would have been over a lot sooner if our PK had been better. I think that's one thing we can key in on."


Posted on: April 22, 2010 2:40 am
 

Three Stars: April 21

By Erin Brown

First Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin scored with 2:52 left in the game to give Vancouver the lead for good in its 6-4 win over Los Angeles. Sedin also registered an assist.


Second Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin led the Capitals with two goals and an assist for his second multiple-point effort in three games.


Third Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom tallied a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating in Washington's 6-4 win over Montreal.


Honorable Mentions


Goat of the night: Drew Stafford, Buffalo Sabres

Stafford jumped on the ice a little to early for a shift during overtime, leading to a too many men on the ice penalty for the Sabres. Boston's Miroslav Satan scored the game-winner the ensuing power play to give Boston a 3-2 victory.


Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:01 am
 

Preview: No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Canucks will win if: Roberto Luongo finally proves he is the elite goalie that everyone says he is. The Olympic gold medal he won didn't really do it, and the reality is, for all his kudos, Luongo hasn't been out of the second round. Even worse, he has struggled since the break. But the Canucks have assembled what is arguably the most talented lineup in franchise history. Vancouver can score and in bunches, with scoring champion Henrik Sedin and his twin, Daniel Sedin , leading the way. Alex Burrows , Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson provide nice support. The defense is a bit of a question mark because of injuries to Willie Mitchell and possibly to Sami Salo . The Canucks have home ice advantage and no team won more games in their own building.

The Kings will win if: Like the Canucks, they get the kind of performance from their starting goalie they are supposed to. Jonathan Quick was brilliant for most of the season, but faded down the stretch and failed to get his 40th win in eight consecutive tries. Still, the Kings finished with only two fewer points than Vancouver in the overall standings. Their blueline, led by young Olympians Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson , is the better one in this series. That could be the biggest edge for the Kings, who have three lines that can wear down teams with their ability to cycle the puck and control games when they have a lead.

Regular Season Recap

Vancouver: 49-28-5, 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Los Angeles: 46-27-9, 101 points (3rd, Pacific Division)

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
Apr. 15 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Apr. 17 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Apr. 19 at Los Angeles 10 p.m.
Apr. 21 at Los Angeles 10 p.m.
Apr. 23 at Vancouver * 10 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Los Angeles * TBD
Apr. 27 at Vancouver * TBD
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Vancouver wins, 3-1
Date Result
Oct. 29 Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 1 (SO) Recap
Nov. 26 Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 1 Recap
Dec. 14 Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 1 Recap
Apr. 1 Los Angeles 8, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic VAN LA
Goals For (Avg.) 3.27 2.82
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.66 2.57
Power Play 20.9% 20.8%
Penalty Kill 81.6% 80.3%


 
 
 
 
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