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Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:13 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

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: May 4, 2010 10:31 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• The Penguins have a plan for Game 3 -- get more traffic in front of the net. "There's no secret to our game," said center Max Talbot. "It's nice to take shots from the exterior, but we need to go into the 'dirty' areas and try to create a little bit more." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Montreal's Mike Cammalleri giving the Penguins fits. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Teams being coy about injuries, especially Jordan Staal and Andrei Markov. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 2-0)

Joe Pavelski, who is one of the breakout Stars during the playoffs, looks to stay hot as the series moves to Detroit. Not only has he scored two goals in three consecutive games, but had 11 shots on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, which was a Sharks playoff record. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings must cut down on penalties to have a chance to win series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Series tied 1-1)

• Despite a slow start, the Blackhawks pulled off spectacular finish, scoring three times in the third period to defeat the Canucks. Coming off Saturday's 5-1 loss, the Hawks said multiple times before the game that getting off to a good start was crucial. But in the opening minutes, the Canucks appeared to be heading for another rout. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Chicago's Kris Versteeg picks right time for first playoff goal. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Cancuks let game get away against Blackhawks, coach says team must play better. [ Vancouver Sun ]

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

• After going up 2-0 on the Flyers, something special is going on in Boston with the Bruins. The Bruins are now two wins from their first conference final since 1992, when Mario Lemieux was the star of the Penguins and not the team's owner. [ Boston Globe ]

• With the pressure now on, which direction will the Flyers now go? [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Posted on: May 1, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:24 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 12:30 p.m.

• 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 ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 1-0)

• 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 ]

Jordan Staal injured, likely out for some time for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' Josh Gorges says don't blame goalie Jaroslav Halak . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead series 1-0)

• 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 ]

Johan Franzen starting to hid stride for Red Wings. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 30, 2010 8:11 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:32 pm

Habs' Markov, Pens' Staal injured in Game 1

By Erin Brown

Injuries claimed a pair of top players for the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1.

Montreal's Andrei Markov and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal both left with apparent lower body and injuries and did not return to action.

Markov, a key player on the Canadiens blueline and power play unit, left the game a little less than 12 minutes into the game after he was checked into the boards by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke . Markov remained on the ice for a few minutes before being helped back to the Canadiens locker room. He favored his right leg as he left the ice.

Montreal announced between periods the defenseman suffered an upper-body injury.

In the second period, Staal collided with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban at center ice. Staal's right skate twisted awkwardly, and when the center attempted to get up, he struggled to put weight on the foot. Staal tested it again on the bench, but headed back to the locker room.

NHL Network reported Staal left the arena on crutches.

Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and TSN report Staal underwent surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon that runs across the top of the foot. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the media during Saturday's morning skate the center is day-to-day.

Staal's injury, however, is similar to what Markov suffered during the regular season. The Canadiens defenseman missed 35 games.
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:58 pm

Preview: No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Penguins will win if: They can avoid looking beyond a team they have a clear talent advantage on. That's actually a serious concern for Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma , who admitted recently that he wasn't particularly pleased with the consistency -- or lack thereof -- his team has shown through much of the season. Then again, the Penguins have learned a lot about what it takes to win at this time of year. Besides, it is not as if the Penguins have to turn a switch on. They finished with more than 100 points, good for the fourth seed, which has launched them into the Finals in each of the last two seasons. Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin , Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury tend to take their already great games to higher levels at this time of year, and the rest of the team usually follows.

The Senators will win if: They can take advantage of the one area where the Penguins may be vulnerable: along the blue line. The Senators have some decent offensive firepower with Daniel Alfredsson , Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek , although the loss of Alexei Kovalev for the duration will be felt. So will the absence of top four defenseman Filip Kuba . Ottawa has to avoid giving Pittsburgh's dangerous power play too many chances. The Senators' best shot at winning this series will come from getting into streak mode in a hurry. Ottawa overcame an up-and-down season with some extended winning runs, including an 11-game streak just before the Olympics. But the Senators also had a few losing streaks as well, and finished the season with a couple of lackadaisical losses.

Regular Season Recap

Pittsburgh: 47-28-7, 101 points (2nd, Atlantic Division)

Ottawa: 44-32-6, 94 points (2nd, Northeast Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Apr. 16 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Ottawa 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Ottawa 7 p.m.
Apr. 22 at Pittsburgh * 7 p.m.
Apr. 24 at Ottawa * 7 p.m.
Apr. 27 at Pittsburgh * 7 p.m.
* if necessary


Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 12 Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1 Recap
Nov. 19 Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 2 Recap
Dec. 23 Pittsburgh 8, Ottawa 2 Recap
Jan. 28 Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 1 Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic PIT OTT
Goals For (Avg.) 3.04 2.68
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.87 2.84
Power Play 17.2% 16.9%
Penalty Kill 84.1% 84.3%

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