Tag:Jose Theodore
Posted on: April 19, 2010 8:37 pm

Caps chase Halak from Habs' net

By Erin Brown

Goaltending isn't working for the Montreal Canadiens, either.

After watching Jaroslav Halak allow three goals on six shots in the second period, Montreal coach Jacques Martin yanked the starter in favor of Carey Price .

Since the second period of Game 2, a 6-5 Montreal loss, Halak has allowed seven goals on 27 shots.

The Washington Capitals made a goaltending change eight minutes into the last game, after Jose Theodore allowed two goals on two shots. Semyon Varlamov finished the game and started Monday's game.
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 18, 2010 2:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 2:03 am

Three Stars: April 17

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom posted a four-point night, including a hat trick. Backstrom's first sparked Washington's rally to overcome a 4-1 deficit, his second squared it at four apiece and his third was the overtime game-winner.

Second Star: ★ ★ Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

It isn't often a three-goal night goes to waste, but that's exactly what the Canadiens' did with Kostitsyn's effort. The first of his playoff career, Kostitsyn's hat trick was the first by a Canadiens player since 1993.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar's two points came at crucial times for the Kings, who knotted their series with the Vancouver Canucks. Kopitar set up teammate Wayne Simmonds on a 3-on-1 to the tie game at two apiece, then scored his first career playoff goal in overtime.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals

For the second straight year, Theodore entered as Washington's No. 1 goaltender and failed to get through the second game. He allowed goals on the first two Canadiens shots and was pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov. Theodore becomes the first goalie since Ed Belfour in 1990 to allow two goals on two shots in a playoff game.

Posted on: April 17, 2010 7:37 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 7:39 pm

Goaltending deja vu for Caps

By Erin Brown

Jose Theodore is out.

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau yanked Theodore in favor of Semyon Varlamov eight minutes into Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens. The Capitals starter gave up two goals on two shots.

Washington responded to the change two and a half minutes later when Eric Fehr scored on a breakaway to make it 2-1.

"They had two shots and I thought his psyche might be down a bit," Bruce Boudreau said during an in-game interview. "The first one dropped, and the second was from the high slot. I was looking for a reaction from the ice, and so far we've gotten it."

A similar situation happened last postseason. Boudreau opted to go with the rookie Varlamov after Theodore gave up four goals on 21 shots to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Varlamov started the next game, a 1-0 loss. He rebounded with shutouts in two of the next three games, and the Capitals rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance.

Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 12:10 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

By Erin Brown

A look at news from around the league...


Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 3 Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.

• Buffalo's Ryan Miller expects plenty of pressure in a low-scoring series. [ Buffalo News ]

• What can Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers do for an encore to his stellar rookie season? [ Buffalo News ]

• Getting Tuukka Rask from Toronto has paid dividends for the Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Boston needs a big series out of winger Milan Lucic . [ Boston Herald ]

• With the B's hurting along the blueline, rookie Johnny Boychuk hopes to crack the lineup. [ Boston Globe ]


No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

• Goalie Jose Theodore expects to start Game 1 after taking a puck to the knee at practice. [ Washington Post ]

• The Capitals enter the postseason favored to win it the Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Offensively minded Washington must focus more on its own end. [ Washington Post ]

• No one on the Canadiens roster can afford to take a night off in this series. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Andrei Markov and Marc-Andre Bergeron find instant chemistry along the Habs' blueline. [ Montreal Gazette ]


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

• Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on preparing his team: "We do sex every day." [ Vancouver Province ]

• Defenseman Sami Salo is healthy and keeping his teammate in stitches. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings coach Terry Murray plans to keep his top lines intact for Game 1. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi is finally seeing his rebuilding project take shape. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• About half of the Kings' roster will make its playoff debut tonight. [ Orange County Register ]


Off-Day Teams

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

Chris Pronger did just about everything in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Devils [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire isn't looking to match lines with Philadelphia [ New York Post ]

• Flyers forward, and New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk gets support in Devils country. [ Camden Courier-Post ]


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Ottawa leads, 1-0)

• 2009 playoff phenon Marc-Andre Fleury didn't give the Penguins a chance to win on Wednesday. [ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ]

• Neither did the old Mellon Arena boards, which gave up a bad bounce for the Pens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Rookie Brian Elliott says he's glad to have survived his first playoff game. [ Ottawa Sun ]


No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Colorado leads, 1-0)

• The Sharks suffer another heart-sinking moment thanks to an ugly bounce. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene , 19, shows no fear in facing San Jose or trying to grow a playoff beard. [ Denver Post ]

• Being down in this series only adds to the Sharks' stress of reversing their playoff woes. [ Denver Post ]


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

• Hawks winger Marian Hossa hopes he can win a Stanley Cup after two straight unsuccessful attempts. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Chicago's Brian Campbell hopes to return to the lineup sometime during this series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist returned to practice and will suit up for Game 1. [ The Tennessean ]


No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Phoenix leads, 1-0)

• Coyotes fans embrace the 'whiteout' tradition from the team's days in Winnipeg, Man. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Former 'Yotes Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk are thrilled to see Phoenix doing well. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Detroit's success hinges on whether Tomas Holmstrom can be a factor. [ Detroit News ]

Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:55 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Quarterfinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the first 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).

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

  • Goldstein: Washington in 5: The Caps have too much firepower for a team that backed into the playoffs
  • Brown: Washington in 4: Put aside the Caps' offense; Jose Theodore will be out to get his former team.
  • Hurcomb: Washington in 5: Jaroslav Halak will make it interesting, but Caps' offense will be too much.
  • Dodd: Washington in 4: The Caps have so much firepower that it will be a huge surprise if they don't sweep.

No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

  • Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.
  • Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
  • Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston

  • Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Ryan Miller is a difference maker.
  • Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
  • Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
  • Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
  • Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
  • Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.

No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

  • Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
  • Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Dany Heatley , Joe Thornton will find his playoff game.
  • Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
  • Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
  • Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

  • Goldstein: Vancouver in  5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
  • Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.
  • Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.

No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: Look for the clock to strike midnight on the Coyotes great Cinderella story.
  • Brown: Detroit in 6: The playoff-tested Wings know intangibles could kill if this one gets to Game 7.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 5: Red Wings' postseason experience will overwhelm surprising Coyotes.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 6: The Red Wings won't get there unless Jimmy Howard comes up big in goal.

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