Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:12 pm
Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:17 pm
Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 pm
By Erin Brown
Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:38 pm
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Series tied, 1-1
Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like his series-stealing play during Montreal's first-round upset of Washington and the Canadiens surprised the Penguins by winning 3-1 on Sunday. Recap | Series
San Jose leads, 2-0
Posted on: May 2, 2010 5:01 pm
By Erin Brown
Jaroslav Halak stopped 38 shots, and his teammates blocked 15 more in the Habs' 3-1 win over the Penguins Sunday afternoon.
Even more impressive is the fact the Canadiens shut down NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby . A 51-goal scorer during the regular season, Crosby was held to just one shot on net and finished with a team-worst minus-2 rating.
The Penguins captain showed his frustration late in the game after being rubbed off the puck by Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . Crosby turned around and swung his stick at one of the Montreal goal posts, breaking it in two.
"He's the best player in the world, everybody knows that," Montreal's rookie defenseman P.K. Subban said. "When I am out there against him, I just try to pay attention to where he's at. I've got a lot of respect for him, and so does everyone else in the hockey world.
In addition to keeping one of the league's best in check, the Canadiens got discipline and penalty killing back on track. Montreal did a good job avoiding the penalty box -- they were whistled just three times -- and when they were shorthanded, killed off each penalty.
Posted on: May 1, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:24 pm
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A look at news from around the league...
• Flyers looking to take Game 1 in series' first dance. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]
• Bruins, Flyers have different styles, but get ready for a great fight. [ Boston Globe ]
No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m.
• Blackhawks know its all about stopping the twin duo of Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin . Henrik scored a career-high and NHL-leading 112 points. Daniel amassed a career-best 85 points in just 63 games.No team's top line boasts the same combination of firepower and hockey ESP, but then no top line features two players who literally have grown together since birth. [ Chicago Tribune ]
• Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault waiting to last minute to pick fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]
• As Penguins move the puck more, the more effectively they have been on the power play. It's no surprise that the Penguins were four-for-four in the 6-3 victory over the Canadiens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]
• It didn't take long for Sharks coach Todd McLellan to start sparring with Detroit counterpart Mike Babcock . Babcock stirred things up with his accusation after Game 1 that Devin Setoguchi embellished the Red Wings penalty that led to San Jose's winning goal, punctuating his charge with a geographic reference that made it more personal. "You're from Western Canada," Babcock said, "don't do that crap." [ San Jose Mercury News ]
Tags: Alain Vigneault, Boston Bruins, Boston-Philadelphia, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago-Vancouver, Daniel Sedin, Detroit Red Wings, Devin Setoguchi, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Semifinals, Henrik Sedin, Jaroslav Halak, Johan Franzen, Jordan Staal, Josh Gorges, Mike Bobcock, Montreal Canadiens, Morning Skate, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh-Montreal, San Jose Sharks, San Jose-Detroit, Semis, Todd McLellan, Vancouver Canucks, Western Conference, Western Conference Semifinals
Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:40 pm
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:
And the picks for the conference semifinals:
No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks
Tags: Boston Bruins, Boston-Philadelphia, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago-Vancouver, Detroit Red Wings, Dustin Byfuglien, Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Semifinals, Expert Picks, Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh-Montreal, Roberto Luongo, San Jose Sharks, San Jose-Detroit, Semis, Tuukka Rask, Vancouver Canucks, Western Conference, Western Conference Semifinals
Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:49 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 10:41 am
Wes Goldstein's Take
The Penguins will win if: They stay patient and don't fall into the trap of getting down early in games. The Canadiens proved they can hold leads, and that they can stymie power offenses with their smart team defense and ability to block shots. Avoiding unnecessary penalties will be critical for the Penguins as well because the Canadiens power play is deadly.
The Canadiens will win if: Jaroslav Halak continues to be the best goaltender in these playoffs, although he'd be helped a lot of the Habs limit Pittsburgh to oh, say about 40 shots per game. That's the level that brings out the best in Halak. Montreal has to find a way to produce more at even strength though and the defense needs to keep Pittsburgh's big guns to the outside they way it did against Washington.
How They Got Here
Pittsburgh: Defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 47-28-7 record for 101 points (2nd, Atlantic Division)
Montreal: Defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 39-33-10 record for 88 points (4th, Northeast Division)