Tag:Dustin Byfuglien
Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:13 am

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Tonight's Games

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-0)

• At the beginning of the playoffs, many questioned Evgeni Nabokov's ability to perform and help the Sharks win the Stanley Cup. And while there is still a long way to go, Nabokov has made 217 saves this postseason and has gone a long way toward quieting those who have questioned his ability. Nabokov's 2.14 goals-against average is the best in the playoffs. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Down 3-0, the Red Wings face a major climb uphill. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 2-1)

Jordan Staal unexpectedly returns to practice, might play Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Defenseman Jordan Leopold filling in a key role for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-0)

• As the Bruins are on the verge of sweeping the Flyers and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the regular season is all in the past. All those nights when the Bruins felt like the the 1958 Canadiens or 1972 Bruins are in the past. [ Boston Globe ]

• Even though Bruins continue to win games, players keep getting injured. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers doing everything right, but just can't score. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

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

• The Blackhawks are playing with great energy and enthusiasm right now, but would it kill the team to have one good fight? The history between these teams suggests it would behoove the Hawks not to mix it up. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Troy Brouwer won't use father's illness as reason for poor play. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Dustin Byfuglien destroys Canucks with both his words and his three goals. [ 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 29, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:40 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Semifinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb,  CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).

Through the conference quarterfinals , standings are as follows:

Standings (through Round 1)
Expert Win Loss Bonus Points
Brown 6 2 4 10
Goldstein 6 2 1 7
Hurcomb 3 5 1 4
Dodd 3 5 1 4
* A bonus point is awarded for picking a winner in the correct number of games played

And the picks for the conference semifinals:

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 6: The Pens won't take the Habs for granted like Caps did.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: It would be unfair to expect Jaroslav Halak to survive yet another offensive barrage.
  • Hurcomb: Pittsburgh in 6: Things are lining up nicely for Pens to make another Cup appearance.
  • Dodd: Pittsburgh in 5: The Penguins are out partying knowing they won't have to wake up until Game 4.

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

  • Goldstein: Boston in 6: Philly is too hurt up front, and B's are hitting stride.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: This will be one ugly series, and that will be an intangible in Philly's favor.
  • Hurcomb: Boston in 6: Tuukka Rask is playing years beyond his age and experience.
  • Dodd: Philadelphia in 6: The only just winner is Philly because Pittsburgh wants you, Flyers.

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: San Jose's still wearing its playoff monkey and it's name is Detroit.
  • Brown: San Jose in 7: With all respect to Detroit, you have to beat the best to be the best.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 7: The Red Wings will capitalize on San Jose's sloppy play.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 7: The Sharks tank. They will never, ever, ever get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 7: Canucks match up better this time, but 'Hawks will find a way.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: A tough round with Nashville has Chicago primed for this series.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 7: Roberto Luongo will not let Dustin Byfuglien get the best of him this time.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 6: So much animosity in this one, we may need a 911 call at the end of it.

Posted on: April 29, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 11:27 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league... 

Tonight's Game

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 9 p.m.

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard ready to stare down Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have killer instinct, have some advantages against No. 1 Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' top line knows they need to score to advance past Red Wings. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks look to break streak of losing home openers in Game 1. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

• After winning Cup, Penguins now have a tough act to follow. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have no timetable for the return of Jordan Leopold. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Cardiac Canadiens believed in themselves in upset over No. 1 Capitals. [ Montreal Gazette ]

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

Johnny Boychuk's play has been big for Bruins in the playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

Marc Savard cleared to play, continues to work on conditioning. [ Boston Globe ]

Scott Hartnell's confidence continues to grow for Flyers. [ Boston Globe ]

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

Roberto Luongo braced for another dose of Dustin Byfuglien. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Personal rivalry between Blackhawks and Canucks expected to be intense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

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