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Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:13 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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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: 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 ]

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: April 17, 2010 1:11 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 1 p.m. (Buffalo leads 1-0)

Bruins looking to create top-of-the-crease chaos for Game 2. [ Buffalo News ]

• Injured Jochen Hecht hopes to be back for next series. [ Buffalo News ]

• Boston looking for more hits, better shots in Game 2. [ Boston Herald ]

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 8 p.m. (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Excited Alex Ovechkin says he'll settle down for Game 2. [ Washington Times ]

• Ovechkin blames himself for Game 1, says he must play better. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens known they haven't won series yet, focused on Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Kings looking to put first-time nervousness behind them. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Vancouver's Aaron Rome is day-to-day, hopes to play in Game 2. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Calm defensemen Alexander Edler having big impact against the Kings. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Game 2 was a watershed game for Sharks' playoff hopes. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Evgeni Nabokov allows five goals, but comes up big late for Sharks. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs Rob Blake should be suspended for hit on T.J. Galiardi . [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Series tied 1-1)

• Devils rookie Matt Corrente plays well in playoff debut. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• Flyers goalie Brian Boucher saving best for the playoffs. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Guys like Claude Giroux coming up big are what playoffs are all about. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Nashville leads 1-0)

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi has disappointing Game 1. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Nashville finally gets some lucky playoff bounces in series opener. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators sign on to stay in Nashville until 2012. [ The Tennessean ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Series tied 1-1)

• Penguins fans shouldn't be mocking goalie Marc-Andre Fleury . [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

Andy Sutton 's crushing hit on Jordan Leopold gets Pens going. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott determined to play better next game. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Red Wings get best out their best players to earn Game 2 win. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Phoenix's Shane Doan getting physical against Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Detroit's Daniel Cleary promises to step up play. [ Detroit News ]

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.

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