Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:12 pm
Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:30 am
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A look at news from around the league...
• Even though the Bruins are missing Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg from their defense, the bench has stepped up. It's more a reflection on the teamwide depth advantage the Bruins carry over the Flyers and into tonight's Game 3. [ Boston Globe ]
• Flyers must do a better job on faceoffs against Bruins. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]
No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)
• Blackhawks look to build on Game 2 momentum as the series heads to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]
• Canucks power-play team struggling, but doesn't have time to panic. [ Vancouver Sun ]
• Marc-Andre Fleury made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak in Game 3. But nobody is surprised. "He's a gamer," Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. "He wins games." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]
• Melee at the end of the second period ends up hurting Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]
• The third period continues to be a sort spot for the Red Wings. Over the past three games, Detroit has been outscored 5-1 and outshot 42-25. "That's not our game plan," insisted Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, "But I think we've been able to get better as the games go on." [ San Jose Mercury News ]
• Red Wings dig themsleves a deep hole after losing Game 3. [ Detroit Free Press ]
Tags: Boston Bruins, Boston-Philadelphia, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago-Vancouver, Dennis Seidenberg, Detroit Red Wings, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Semifinals, Evgeni Malkin, Gilles Meloche, Marc-andre Fleury, Mark Stuart, Montreal Canadiens, Morning Skate, Patrick Marleau, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh-Montreal, San Jose Sharks, San Jose-Detroit, Semis, Simon Gagne, Vancouver Canucks, Western Conference, Western Conference Semifinals
Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:17 pm
Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:02 pm
By Erin Brown
For the first time in the series, Crosby was held without a point. Malkin registered one assist.
Pittsburgh faced a near-identical situation in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Up 3-2 in the series, the Penguins allowed the Flyers to build a three-goal lead in Game 6. Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals to win 5-3 and clinch the series.
In that contest, however, Crosby and Malkin played more prominent roles. Crosby scored the tying goal and sealed the win with an empty-netter, while Malkin set up a pair of goals, including Sergei Gonchar's game-winner.
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:27 pm
A look at news from around the league...
• 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)
• Canucks hope to change their anemic road record from regular season. [ Vancouver Province ]
• Despite penalties, Flyers were the ones smiling at the end of Game 3. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]
• Penguins can't help but remember 2007 trip to playoffs vs. Senators. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]
• San Jose's 'Wrong Way Boyle' gives Avs victory in Game 3. [ Denver Post ]
No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Series tied 1-1)
• Blackhawks get the message from coach Joe Quenneville. [ Chicago Tribune ]
• Coyotes Czech Line comes up big with two key goals in third period. [ Detroit Free Press ]
Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo-Boston, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago-Nashville, Colorado Avalanche, Craig Anderson, Dany Heatley, Dave Bolland, Detroit Red Wings, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Evgeni Malkin, Jack Johnson, Jaroslav Halak, Jimmy Howard, Joe Quenneville, Jonathan Quick, Jose Theodore, Los Angeles Kings, Mark Fraser, Max Talbot, Mike Babcock, Montreal Canadiens, Morning Skate, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey-Philadelphia, Ottawa Senators, Patric Hornqvist, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix-Detroit, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh-Ottawa, Quarters, San Jose Sharks, San Jose-Colorado, Shane Doan, Steve Begin, Steve Montador, Thomas Vanek, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver-Los Angeles, Vernon Fiddler, Vladimir Sobotka, Washington Capitals, Washington-Montreal, Western Conference, Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:19 am
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
Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1
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
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
Tags: Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago-Nashville, Colorado Avalanche, Craig Anderson, Dan Boyle, Daniel Carcillo, Detroit Red Wings, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Evgeni Malkin, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey-Philadelphia, Ottawa Senators, Petr Prucha, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix-Detroit, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh-Ottawa, Quarters, Radim Vrbata, Ryan O'Reilly, San Jose Sharks, San Jose-Colorado, Shane Doan, Sidney Crosby, Western Conference, Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:57 pm
By Erin Brown
The coach's decision to sit Ruslan Fedotenko in favor of the hulking Mike Rupp sparked the Penguins to play a more physical contest Friday night. Pittsburgh not only tied the series with a 2-1 win, but fixed a number of problem areas from Game 1 in the process.
Pittsburgh, which dished out 38 hits against Ottawa on Wednesday, registered 52 in Game 2. Each Penguin delivered at least one check. Defenseman Brooks Orpik led the team with nine. Even Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin joined in, combining for five.
Pittsburgh limited the Senators to 20 shots by keeping the Senators engaged in tougher play.
Despite allowing a goal 18 seconds into the game, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury benefitted from the limited workload and played with more confidence as the game progressed.
The raised intensity, however, resulted in a shortened Penguins bench. Ottawa's Andy Sutton delivered a clean, but devastating hit to Pittsburgh's Jordan Leopold near the end of the first period. Leopold, who was motionless on the ice for a few moments, left under his own power and did not return.
Posted on: April 15, 2010 3:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 3:16 am
By Erin Brown
Tags: Brian Boucher, Chris Kelly, Colorado Avalanche, Craig Anderson, Derek Morris, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Bryzgalov, Marc-Andre Fleury, New Jersey-Philadelphia, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix-Detroit, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh-Ottawa, Quarters, San Jose-Colorado, Western Conference, Western Conference Quarterfinals