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Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:54 am

Three Stars: April 27

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

With his 53-save effort, Halak forced a Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. The netminder also set NHL records for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination and a new team record for most saves in a regulation playoff game.

Second Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri finished with two goals and an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Washington. The winger could have registered a hat trick with an empty-net goal at the end of the game, but in an unselfish act, dished off to teammate Tomas Plekanec instead.

Third Star: Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Niemi stopped 19 shots over the final two periods to preserve a series-clinching, 4-3 victory.

Honorable Mentions

  • David Krejci , Boston Bruins: two goals, one assist
  • Jonathan Toews , Chicago Blackhawks: one goal, two assists
  • Tomas Plekanec , Montreal Canadiens: one goal, one assist

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:50 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

Complete Schedule & Bracket


No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 4, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Series tied, 3-3

Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves, and Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the first period for eighth-seeded Montreal, which stayed alive with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night and forced a Game 7 in the first-round series. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Boston Bruins 4, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Boston wins, 4-2

David Krejci had two goals and one assist, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on Monday night as Boston beat Buffalo 4-3 in Game 6 and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5, No. 7 Nashville Predators 3

Chicago wins, 4-2

Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal to cap a Wild first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 5-3 victory Monday night against Nashville and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the second successive year. Recap | Stats


Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:16 am
Edited on: April 27, 2010 12:27 am

Series Recap: Chicago 4, Nashville 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: Chicago-Nashville

Series MVP: Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews did it all for Chicago, which is now undefeated in 10 straight series when leading 3-2. The Blackhawks captain led his team with eight points (two goals, six assists). Toews notched the game-winner in Game 6, a tap-in at the side of the net with 31 seconds left in the first period. Away from the net, he led Hawks centers in the faceoff circle, winning 59.3 of his draws. He was also instrumental on Chicago's penalty killing unit, which held the Predators to just one power play goal in 26 opportunities, logging an average of three minutes per game.


Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
Erin Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
Dennis Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.


No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 16 at Chicago NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 18 at Chicago CHI, 2-0 Recap
Apr. 20 at Nashville NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at Nashville CHI, 3-0 Recap
Apr. 24 at Chicago CHI, 5-4 (OT) Recap
Apr. 26 at Nashville CHI, 5-3 Recap
Chicago wins series, 4-2

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:29 am

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. (Capitals lead 2-1)

• Canadiens' Carey Price ready to start in net for Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a star in the making. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals spend off day working on struggling power play. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-1)

Dennis Wideman and Mike Grier working well together for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek not likely to play in Game 4. [ Buffalo News ]

Lindy Ruff lets Sabres know to finish and not forget anything. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Kings lead 2-1)

• Canucks' Roberto Luongo says he's fine despite struggles. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Alain Vigneault believes Canucks are ready for this moment. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings enjoying series lead, heading into Game 4 at home. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 3-1)

• After winning Game 4, Penguins create some space between elimination. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Injury-plagued Chris Kunitz contributing in playoffs. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators clearly weren't happy with the referees. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 3-1)

• In the duel of goalies, Brian Boucher is outplaying Martin Brodeur. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Peter Laviolette, Flyers on verge of steamrolling the Devils in first round. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils offensive struggles continue against Flyers. [ New York Post ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Series tied 2-2)

• Sharks get redemption in Game 4, but still not scoring enough goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton remain upbeat. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Another draining overtime game, this time won by the Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard rebounds with a shutout. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Without Shane Doan, it was the Red Wings who were the aggressor. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes get a break, but it doesn't help in Game 4. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Predators lead 2-1)

Shea Weber leads tough Predators defense in Game 3. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Jonathan Toews gets surprise, wasn't named finalists for the Selke Trophy. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist remains out of Predators lineup. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:00 am

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They don't let their goaltending become a factor. Rookie Antti Niemi will get to start because he outplayed Cristobal Huet this season, but he has no postseason experience and that could be a problem for a team with serious Stanley Cup aspirations. Chicago doesn't need Niemi to win games as much as not to lose them. The Blackhawks allow fewer shots than anyone and Nashville doesn't produce much offense, so that will help. The key for Chicago will be their explosive offense led by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews . The scoring comes from a lot of places, though, and a lot of it is generated from the back end, but puck movers Brian Campbell and Kim Johnsson are on the shelf.

The Predators will win if: They can grind this into a long series and frustrate Chicago with their work ethic and disciplined game. Shea Weber , Ryan Suter and Dan Hamhuis are the core of a really good blueline and Pekka Rinne has been among the best goaltenders all season, which gives Nashville an edge in two key areas in this series. But the Predators don't score much and their top goal scorer Patric Hornqvist was hurt late in the season and is uncertain for the playoffs. Maybe the best thing Nashville has going for it is a lack of expectations. The Predators generally are not seen as a playoff team heading into seasons, yet they've managed to get there five of the past six. The problem is, they have yet to advance beyond the first round.

Regular Season Recap

Chicago: 52-22-8, 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Nashville: 47-29-6, 100 points (3rd, Central Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 16 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Nashville 9 p.m.
Apr. 22 at Nashville 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 at Chicago * 3 p.m.
Apr. 26 at Nashville * TBD
Apr. 28 at Chicago * TBD
* if necessary


Season Series
Chicago wins, 4-2
Date Result
Oct. 15 Chicago 3, Nashville 1 Recap
Oct. 24 Chicago 2, Nashville 0 Recap
Oct. 29 Nashville 2, Chicago 0 Recap
Dec. 4 Nashville 4, Chicago 1 Recap
Dec. 26 Chicago 4, Nashville 1 Recap
Dec. 27 Chicago 5, Nashville 4 Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic CHI NSH
Goals For (Avg.) 3.20 2.65
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.48 2.70
Power Play 17.7% 16.4%
Penalty Kill 85.3% 77.1%

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