Tag:Martin Erat
Posted on: April 25, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2010 12:25 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 2 p.m. (Red Wings lead 3-2)

• Coyotes' Shane Doan to be another game-time decision. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes ready to face their toughest challenge of the season. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' grinders playing just fine in first-round series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Playoff pendulum has swung in Vancouver's direction. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Killer instinct key for Canucks in Game 6. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Kings to stick with starting goalie Jonathan Quick. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau still considering lineup changes. [ Washington Post ]

• If Capitals can finish off Canadiens, maybe they aren't ready for Stanely Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens' juggling lineup paying off so far. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins' Zdeno Chara gets the green light for Game 6. [ Buffalo News ]

• Sabres' Thomas Vanek skating on fifth line, but return looks doubtful. [ Buffalo News ]

• Slow-starting Bruins looking for that early spark. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks' Marian Hossa goes from goat to hero. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Martin Erat's errors offset two-goal game for Predators. [ The Tennessean ]

Barry Melrose believes Hossa should be suspended. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:28 am

Three Stars: April 24

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Pavelski wrapped up his stellar first-round series with a three-point night, which included the eventual-game winner in San Jose's 5-2 vuctory over Colorado.

Second Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago's Marian Hossa may have scored the game-winner in the Blackhawks' 5-4 triumph, but it was Kane who scored a shorthanded goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Third Star: Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins

With his team down by three goals, Cooke scored twice over the final 30 minutes to force overtime in Pittsburgh's 4-3 series-clinching win over Ottawa.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 24, 2010 9:01 pm

Predators still winless in Game 5s

By Erin Brown

Forget 13. It is five that is unlucky for the Nashville Predators.

The Predators dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday to remain winless all-time in Game 5s.

It looked for a while like Nashville might break that slide. The Predators overcame a 3-1 lead on goals by Joel Ward and Martin Erat , who also scored midway through the third period to give Nashville the lead.

But Chicago's Patrick Kane scored with 16 seconds left to force overtime. Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa sealed the win a little more than four minutes into the extra period.

Unlucky No. 5
Date Opponent Score
Apr. 24, 2010 Chicago L, 5-4 (OT)
Apr. 18, 2008 Detroit L, 2-1 (OT)
Apr. 20, 2007 San Jose L, 3-2
Apr. 30, 2006 San Jose L, 2-1
Apr. 15, 2004 Detroit L, 4-1

Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:57 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:39 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi blocks a shot by Nashville Predators' Martin Erat during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Chicago. Niemi became the first Blackhawks player since Ed Belfour on April 19, 1996 to record a postseason shutout. (AP)

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:41 pm

Dumont strikes twice against former team

By Erin Brown

J.P. Dumont reminded the Chicago Blackhawks what they gave up on 10 years ago.

The Predators winger scored two third-period goals, lifting Nashville to a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

It is definitely special," Dumont said. "It's the first playoff road win for us, too. That's the most important thing. "But it is always special when you play against your former team, especially in the playoffs."

Dumont erased Chicago's one-goal lead 91 seconds into the third period. His backhand shot from the right boards took an odd bounce in front of Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi and floated into the top corner.

"It was a lucky bounce, but we'll take it," Dumont said.

Dumont struck a little more than nine minutes later to put Nashville ahead for good.

Nashville secured the win with empty net goals by Jerred Smithson and Martin Erat in the final minute.

A first-round pick of the New York Islanders in 1996, Dumont joined the Blackhawks in a trade two years later. He made his NHL debut with Chicago in 1998 but failed to stick with the big club during a two-year stint. The Blackhawks traded him to Buffalo in March 2000.

In 72 games with Chicago, Dumont recorded 19 goals and 33 points.

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