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Posted on: May 9, 2010 8:00 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

• The outlook was grim, doubts were spreading and criticism was rampant. That seemed to be the state of affairs for the Blackhawks a little more than a week ago. How quickly things can change. The Hawks now are on the cusp of advancing to their second consecutive Western Conference finals by eliminating the rival Vancouver Canucks for the second consecutive year. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Blackhawks' relentless pressure has kept Canucks off balance. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Penalties killing Canucks chances to reach the next round. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 3-2)

• The Penguins have preached the importance of creating traffic in front of Jaroslav Halak, and their plan worked well enough to earn a 3-2 series advantage. Montreal coach Jacques Martin all but admitted that such goals are somewhat unstoppable. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had fun, but busy evening. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• No. 8 seed Canadiens in familiar spot, must win to avoid elimination . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Flyers coach Peter Laviolette says the Flyers need to be on the attack mode. "We have to do to them what they're going to try to do to us." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins have become enormously popular over the past month in city of Boston. [ Boston Herald ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks win series 4-1)

• Sharks brush aside some playoff demons to eliminate Red Wings and reach conference finals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Too many things went wrong for Red Wings, including Brad Stuart's injury. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:30 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

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

• Even though the Bruins are missing Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg from their defense, the bench has stepped up. It's more a reflection on the teamwide depth advantage the Bruins carry over the Flyers and into tonight's Game 3. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers must do a better job on faceoffs against Bruins. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers forward Simon Gagne hopes to return before series is over. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Blackhawks look to build on Game 2 momentum as the series heads to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks power-play team struggling, but doesn't have time to panic. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 2-0)

Marc-Andre Fleury made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak in Game 3. But nobody is surprised. "He's a gamer," Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. "He wins games." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Evgeni Malkin has feeding frenzy for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Melee at the end of the second period ends up hurting Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-0)

• The third period continues to be a sort spot for the Red Wings. Over the past three games, Detroit has been outscored 5-1 and outshot 42-25. "That's not our game plan," insisted Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, "But I think we've been able to get better as the games go on." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings dig themsleves a deep hole after losing Game 3. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:25 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:26 pm

Series Recap: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: Pittsburgh-Ottawa

Series MVP: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby didn't have an impactful Game 6, but without his superstar effort in the previous five, the Penguins might not be looking ahead to another round in these playoffs. Crosby finishes the series with 14 points, tops among all NHLers. He registered five multiple-point games in the series, including a four-point (two goals, two assists) night in Pittsburgh's momentum-grabbing 7-4 win in Game 4. Crosby's best effort, however, was in Game 2, when he netted a goal and an assist, and made a goal-line save to help preserve a 2-1 victory.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
Erin Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
Dennis Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.


No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at Pittsburgh OTT, 5-4 Recap
Apr. 16 at Pittsburgh PIT, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 18 at Ottawa PIT, 4-2 Recap
Apr. 20 at Ottawa PIT, 7-4 Recap
Apr. 22 at Pittsburgh OTT, 4-3 (3OT) Recap
Apr. 24 at Ottawa PIT, 4-3 (OT) Recap
Pittsburgh wins series, 4-2

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.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:49 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Ottawa leads 1-0)

• Ottawa's Milan Michalek is out for the season with a torn ACL. [ Ottawa Citizen ]

Sidney Crosby, teammates starting to hate Senators. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury hopes for rebound. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins see some room for improvement in Game 2. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins could give Ruslan Fedotenko the playoff hook. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

• Flyers not satisfied with one win in New Jersey. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Philadelphia's Chris Pronger making his presence felt on blue line. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire not worried about matching lines with Flyers. [ New York Post ]

• New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk vows for payback the rest of the series. [ New York Post ]

Andrew Peters and Vladimir Zharkov are healthy, but will they play? [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

• Nashville's David Legwand anticipates fresh start in playoffs. [ The Tennessean ]

• Nashville needs to find more scoring to keep up with Blackhawks' offense. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi doesn't let nerves get in way. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks, older and wiser, looking to make deep run in playoffs. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks need these five key players to step up in the playoffs. [ Arlington Heights Daily Herald ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Phoenix leads 1-0)

Justin Abdelkader to replace Jason Williams in lineup for Red Wings. [ Detroit News ]

• After getting beat up in Game 1, Red Wings plan to counter Coyotes' aggressive play. [ Detroit News ]

• Phoenix looking to continue hit parade in Game 2 vs. Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Public funds would back Phoenix Coyotes bidder Jerry Reinsdorf. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes believe they can win in overtime vs. Red Wings if needed. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Colorado leads 1-0)

• Colorado veteran John-Michael Liles turning into key player. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks coach Todd McLellan says series isn't a duel between himself and Joe Sacco. [ Denver Post ]

• A 2-0 Avalanche lead would almost certainly escalate the tensions. [ Denver Post ]

• Every series could be the last for Sharks star Patrick Marleau. [ Mercury News ]

• Sharks team looks like same old rerun instead of newness we were promised. [ Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Washington coach Bruce Boudreau not happy with Stars play against Montreal. [ Washington Times ]

• Capitals' Game 1 loss doesn't mark crisis, but is cause for concern. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals fans show their colors, flood city with red. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Buffalo leads 1-0)

• Bruins struggle to convert chances against Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek continues to stay hot late in the season. [ Buffalo News ]

• Buffalo's Andrej Sekera gets first chance to play in playoffs. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Despite loss, goalie Jonathan Quick gave Kings chance in overtime. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson not concerned about team's lack of experience. [ Vancouver Province ]

Terry Murray moves enforcer Raitis Ivanans up to the fourth line. [ Los Angeles Times ]

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 15, 2010 3:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 3:16 am

Three Stars: April 14

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Derek Morris, Phoenix Coyotes

Morris played a role in each of Phoenix's goals, assisting on the first two before chipping in the go-ahead goal. In addition to being the first postseason goal of the defenseman's career, it held up as the game-winner, giving the Coyotes their first home playoff win in 10 years.

Second Star: ★ ★ Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Like the Coyotes, Boucher also snapped a postseason winless streak, dating back to 2000. The Flyers netminder stopped 23 shots, and carried a shutout into the third period. That was nixed by New Jersey's Travis Zajac with less than three minutes to play, but Boucher held on for the victory.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov has been nothing short of stellar during the regular season, and that appears to be the same during the playoffs. The goalie stopped 18 of 20 shots in the first period and kept the Coyotes return to the playoffs from turning into a debacle.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

First he shows up late to the game, missing the team meeting, then goes out and allows five goals on 26 shots. Although Fleury was the victim of one bad bounce off the glass, he looked out of place on other goals, and struggled to follow the puck for most of the night.

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