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Posted on: May 8, 2010 7:57 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. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins, Canadiens both have the same attitude ... Game 5 is very important to swing the series. The eighth-seeded Canadiens, who waged a last-ditch effort to send the Capitals on their way to summer vacation in the first round, have found comfort in a devil-may-care style of play. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges doing a great job shutting down Sidney Crosby. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Even though the Sharks still have a commanding 3-1 lead, the Red Wings 7-1 win in Game 4 casts some doubts about the Sharks. "I think we move on and it's over," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to put it behind us. If we carry that baggage or luggage with us, we'll be behind the 8-ball." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings looking to Game 5 and only Game 5 for now. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have to do five things to stave off elimination and claim series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-1)

Simon Gagne had quite a return. What started as a painful shift with 14:10 elapsed in the first OT ended only 30 seconds later with pure jubilation. His goal - and chance to play hero - was the exact reason why he decided to push the envelope and return to his teammates at their most desperate hour. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Brian Boucher wasn't at his best, but he'll take the victory. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Stuart hits the ice for the first time since April 1. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

• Vancouver continued to take cheap shots and penalites, which was fine by the Blackhawks. They took the power play chances, the goals and not a 3-1 lead in the series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Dave Bolland and his line are getting in the head of the Sedin twins. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Roberto Luongo gets pounded again, putting Canucks in deep trouble. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:46 am
Edited on: May 6, 2010 12:48 am

Byfuglien burns Canucks with toughness, hat trick

By Erin Brown

How do the Vancouver Canucks and their followers feel about Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien ?

Ask the fan at General Motors place donning a vintage 'V' jersey, pounding on the glass at game's end and giving the Minnesota native the finger.

Byfuglien went beyond the role of impact player in Chicago's 5-2 victory over Vancouver, by recording a hat trick, an assist, six hits and  terrorizing netminder Roberto Luongo .

It was a throwback to last postseason, when the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Byfuglien took up residence in front of the Canucks crease. He did the same Wednesday night, scoring two goals off rebounds. He capped the hat trick by crashing the net and getting a lucky -- albeit questionable -- bounce off his left skate.

The hat trick was Byfuglien's first since Nov. 30, 2007 versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Away from the net, he instigated scrums and taunted fans. After his second goal, Byfuglien skated to the corner spreading his arms mockingly while skating along the glass.

Toward the end of the third period, he jawed with Canucks players from the bench, leading a brawl and 10-minute misconducts for Vancouver's Alex Burrows and Shane O'Brien and Chicago's Dave Bolland . And when the whistle finally blew, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa went after the winger.

Referees may have been able to drag Byfuglien off the ice after this game, but the Canucks are going to have to get him out of their head before the next.

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 18, 2010 11:42 pm

Hawks hard to beat when Kane rolls

By Erin Brown

When Patrick Kane racks up points, the Chicago Blackhawks often pick up wins.

Kane recorded his fifth multiple-point game of his playoff career Sunday night in a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators. He registered an assist on Dave Bolland 's eventual game-winner, and added an insurance goal early in the third period.

Chicago improved to 4-1 in the playoffs when Kane gets at least two points. During the regular season, the Blackhawks were 15-8 when Kane recorded two or more points.

The former first-overall pick now has 11 goals and 17 points in 18 postseason games.

Kane's multi-point playoff games
Date Opponent Goals Assists Result
April 18, 2010 Nashville 1 1 W, 2-0
May 11, 2009 Vancouver 0 3 W, 7-5
May 2, 2009 Vancouver 1 1 W, 6-3
April 30, 2009 Vancouver 2 0 L, 5-3
April 27, 2009 Calgary 1 1 W, 4-1
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