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Posted on: May 12, 2010 8:48 am
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The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Series tied 3-3)

• The Penguins and Canadiens have both been in this position before ... a Game 7 to advance to the next round. The Penguins won two Game 7s last year -- a 6-2 victory at Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and a 2-1 victory at Detroit in the Stanley Cup final to clinch the 2009 championship. Meanwhile, Montreal is coming off of a first-round showing in which they overcame a 3-1 deficit against Washington to beat the Capitals in seven games. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins hoping crowd provides home-ice advantage for crucial game. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• An unsung hero can easily alter course in Game 7. "It's a funny thing," former Penguins pest and current ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby said. "And it's not just Penguins history. In big games and in overtimes of those games, it's never the Stars." [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Canadiens in familiar spot, hoping to tap into more Game 7 magic. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens to broadcast game on HD Jumbotron at Bell Centre in Canada. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 8 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-2)

• The Flyers are halfway to becoming the third team in NHL history to win a playoff series after losing the first three games. Toronto accomplished the feat in 1942, and the New York Islanders did it in 1975. "Without a doubt, I would love to be part of the next team to be able to do it," center Danny Briere said. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Finding the right goalie lately has been troublesome for the Flyers. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins need to get tougher and make better decisions to end series with Flyers. [ Boston Globe ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks win series 4-2)

• With his dad on his mind, Blackhawks' Troy Brouwer scores key goal in victory. Brouwer's dad underwent emergency surgery five weeks ago for a blood clot on his brain and has spent the past month recovering in a hospital 20 minutes outside Vancouver, where Brouwer grew up. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Everything went wrong for the Canucks as another disappointing season comes to an end. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:37 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.

Jaroslav Halak had one of the biggest task of all. The goalie not only got pulled from Game 3, then was forced to sit the bench for Game 4. But he came back the final three games against the Capitals and stopped 131 of 134 shots to lift the Canadiens to victory. "We're going to try, probably, a different approach on how to score goals than Washington did and, hopefully, have a little bit more success against a guy who's playing very well with a lot of confidence," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have their eye on Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens have little time to bask in first-round victory over No. 1 seed. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

As difficult as it might be for the Flyers, they have to focus on the series at hand. In the NHL, you can't get caught looking ahead, especially when you never know who will win the other series. Then eighth-seeded Canadiens won three games in a row and, just like that, the Flyers were booking hotel space in Boston instead of D.C. "When it was 3-1, obviously you think Washington is going to close it out," Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said Thursday. "It just goes to show you the parity in this league. Anything can happen on any night." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Danny Briere enjoying his time on and off the ice as playoffs continue. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is being asked alot during playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

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

Get ready for the most intense series yet. The Blackhawks and Canucks publicly have expressed their mutual disdain. Draw a bulls-eye on the back of Ryan Kesler , who called Hawks forward Andrew Ladd a coward. Odd comment on the heels of Ladd getting the best of the Vancouver center in a middleweight bout. Hate. Then hate some more. Some of this intolerance is real. Some of it is manufactured. But either way, get ready for one amazing series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Adam Burish expects fun, physical series vs. Canucks. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' Henrik Sedin never imagined he'd have chance to win Hart. [ Vancouver Sun ]

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

Joe Pavelski lived up to his nickname -- The Big Pavelski -- in Game 1 with two goals and assisting on another in the Sharks' Game 1 win over the Red Wings. But with all the plays he has made in the playoffs, it might be time for a new nickname. "He's hungry," Thornton said. "Right now he always seems to be on the puck." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov has rough night with all traffic in front of the net. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• In loss to Sharks, Red Wings' Dan Cleary scores first point of playoffs. [ Detroit Free Press ]


Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:26 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Tuesday's games

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 0

Series tied, 2-2

Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout, Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal, leading Detroit to a 3-0 series-evening win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 on Tuesday. Recap | Stats

 

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 7, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 4

Pittsburgh leads series, 3-1

Sidney Crosby had four points, including two of Pittsburgh's five goals in the second, leading the Penguins to a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night and a 3-1 series lead. Recap | Stats

 

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 1

Philadelphia leads series, 3-1

Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to snap scoring funks and lead Philadelphia to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 7 Nashville Predators 4, No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 1

Nashville leads, 2-1

The Nashville Predators have their first 2-1 lead ever in an opening-round series. It's only fitting the first player they ever drafted played a key role. David Legwand was the No. 2 overall pick in 1998 when the franchise was getting started. Best known as a two-way player, he scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists as the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday and made some history. Recap | Stats

 

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 2, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1 (OT)

Series tied, 2-2

Joe Pavelski scored 10:24 into overtime and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots, giving the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and tying the series at two games apiece. All four games have been decided by a goal, the last three going into overtime. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:57 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Devils will win if: They take advantage of the big advantage they have in goal. Martin Brodeur is arguably the best netminder of his generation and Philadelphia's Brian Boucher , well, is not. The key here is that New Jersey isn't all about defense any more, even with Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench, especially since the arrival of Ilya Kovalchuk . The dynamic Russian forward hasn't put up eye-popping numbers since his mid-season arrival, but his presence means that teams can no longer shut down the Devils by shutting down Zach Parise 's line. And yes, the Devils can still play defense, too, an area of their game that will be helped by a healthy Paul Martin back on the blue line. New Jersey has to be disciplined, though, because the Flyers power play is one of the best in the league.

The Flyers will win if: They keep playing the way they did to end the season. Philadelphia has essentially been playing for its playoff life for a couple of weeks now. The Flyers battled back from a five-game losing streak to end March by winning three of their last four, including an emotional do-or-die finale against the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot. The bright side for the Flyers is that they head into this series as healthy as they have been all year and with the knowledge they have effectively controlled New Jersey in all meetings between the bitter rivals this season. Several Philadelphia players had disappointing seasons, but with Jeff Carter , Mike Richards , Danny Briere and Simon Gagne , there is a lot of fire power up front. And the blueline group led by Chris Pronger compares favorably to any other in the league.

Regular Season Recap

New Jersey: 48-27-7, 103 points (1st, Atlantic Division)

Philadelphia: 41-35-6, 88 points (3rd, Atlantic Division)

 

Schedules
Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia 6 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 at New Jersey * 7 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Philadelphia * TBD
Apr. 27 at New Jersey * 7:30 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Philadelphia wins, 5-1
Date Result
Oct. 3 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2 Recap
Nov. 16 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Dec. 12 New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1 Recap
Feb. 8 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 (OT) Recap
Mar. 28 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 1 Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic NJ PHI
Goals For (Avg.) 2.63 2.83
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.27 2.71
Power Play 18.7% 21.4%
Penalty Kill 82.8% 83.0%


 
 
 
 
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