Tag:Evgeni Malkin
Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:12 pm
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Highlight of the night

Montreal's Jaroslav Halak makes a save on an Evgeni Malkin breakaway to preserve the Canadiens' 3-2 lead with 3:56 to play.

Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:30 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-0)

• 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 ]

• Flyers forward Simon Gagne hopes to return before series is over. [ 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 ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 2-0)

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 ]

Evgeni Malkin has feeding frenzy for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Melee at the end of the second period ends up hurting Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-0)

• 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 ]

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot on goalie Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Penguins role players provide Game 6 heroics

By Erin Brown

This time, the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't need Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin to play the hero.

Matt Cooke scored twice, and Pascal Dupuis scored the game-winner in the Penguins' series-clinching, 4-3 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

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
 

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 19, 2010 1:19 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

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

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

 

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 2

Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Malkin scored his third playoff goal, and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)

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

 

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1, No. 1 San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)

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

Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Penguins even series with physical play

By Erin Brown

Dan Bylsma changed the complexion of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators series with one roster move.

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
 

Three Stars: April 14

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Derek Morris, Phoenix Coyotes

Morris played a role in each of Phoenix's goals, assisting on the first two before chipping in the go-ahead goal. In addition to being the first postseason goal of the defenseman's career, it held up as the game-winner, giving the Coyotes their first home playoff win in 10 years.


Second Star: ★ ★ Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Like the Coyotes, Boucher also snapped a postseason winless streak, dating back to 2000. The Flyers netminder stopped 23 shots, and carried a shutout into the third period. That was nixed by New Jersey's Travis Zajac with less than three minutes to play, but Boucher held on for the victory.


Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov has been nothing short of stellar during the regular season, and that appears to be the same during the playoffs. The goalie stopped 18 of 20 shots in the first period and kept the Coyotes return to the playoffs from turning into a debacle.


Honorable Mentions


Goat of the night: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

First he shows up late to the game, missing the team meeting, then goes out and allows five goals on 26 shots. Although Fleury was the victim of one bad bounce off the glass, he looked out of place on other goals, and struggled to follow the puck for most of the night.


 
 
 
 
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