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Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:31 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. 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 2, 2010 11:47 pm

Three Stars: May 2

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

What didn't Pavelski do on Sunday night? He scored twice, recorded an assist, won 81 percent (13 of 16) of his faceoffs and led San Jose with 11 shots in their 4-3 win over Detroit.

Second Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was back to his dominant self in Montreal's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, stopping 38 shots, 18 of which came in the second period.

Third Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period of the Canadiens' 3-1 win.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:38 pm

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3, No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Series tied, 1-1

Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like his series-stealing play during Montreal's first-round upset of Washington and the Canadiens surprised the Penguins by winning 3-1 on Sunday. Recap | Series

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3

San Jose leads, 2-0

Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the playoffs with 7:23 left and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series. Recap | Series

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:54 am

Three Stars: April 27

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

With his 53-save effort, Halak forced a Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. The netminder also set NHL records for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination and a new team record for most saves in a regulation playoff game.

Second Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri finished with two goals and an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Washington. The winger could have registered a hat trick with an empty-net goal at the end of the game, but in an unselfish act, dished off to teammate Tomas Plekanec instead.

Third Star: Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Niemi stopped 19 shots over the final two periods to preserve a series-clinching, 4-3 victory.

Honorable Mentions

  • David Krejci , Boston Bruins: two goals, one assist
  • Jonathan Toews , Chicago Blackhawks: one goal, two assists
  • Tomas Plekanec , Montreal Canadiens: one goal, one assist

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:50 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 4, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Series tied, 3-3

Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves, and Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the first period for eighth-seeded Montreal, which stayed alive with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night and forced a Game 7 in the first-round series. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Boston Bruins 4, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Boston wins, 4-2

David Krejci had two goals and one assist, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on Monday night as Boston beat Buffalo 4-3 in Game 6 and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5, No. 7 Nashville Predators 3

Chicago wins, 4-2

Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal to cap a Wild first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 5-3 victory Monday night against Nashville and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the second successive year. Recap | Stats


Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:29 am

Wraparound: A recap of Friday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 2, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Washington leads, 3-2

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of Montreal's first five shots, and the eighth-seeded Canadiens beat Alex Ovechkin 's Capitals 2-1 to extend their Eastern Conference matchup. Recap | Stats


No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 4, No. 6 Boston Bruins 1

Boston leads, 3-2

Buffalo built a three-goal lead on tallies by Adam Mair , Jason Pominville , and Mike Grier in the first 30 minutes and rebounded from a devastating loss, beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Friday to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Recap | Stats


No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 4, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1

Detroit leads, 3-2

Jimmy Howard turned in another outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.  Recap | Stats


No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 7, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 3-2

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 on Friday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series.  Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:56 pm

Preview: No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Capitals will win if: They just show up. No, really. Washington is that much better than the Canadiens on paper and the Caps know it. But they were in a very similar situation last spring against the Rangers and ended up on the brink of first-round elimination before storming back to win three straight games. Chances are things will be different this year. Washington, particularly captain Alex Ovechkin , seems to be on a mission this season, and all that fire power will just be too much for the Canadiens to handle. There are still some questions about Washington's ability to defend. But the Caps are bigger and stronger than Montreal, and at least at this point in the playoffs, what happens in their own end shouldn't be much of detriment to them.

The Canadiens will win if: The hockey gods decide to play a cruel trick on anyone who has watched their opponents play this year. Montreal essentially backed into the postseason and lost its final game to put an exclamation point on the effort. The Canadiens were generally not much better this season than a couple of teams that didn't make the Eastern Conference cut, although they are not devoid of talent. Mike Cammalleri , Brian Gionta , Scott Gomez and Tomas Plekanec provide a fair amount of offense up front and Andrei Markov quarterbacks one of the NHL's best power plays. Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak has enjoyed a breakout season in goal and has shown the ability to steal a win for the Canadiens. But not four.

Regular Season Recap

Washington: 54-15-13, 121 points (1st, Southeast Division)

Montreal: 39-33-10, 88 points (4th, Northeast Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 15 at Washington 7 p.m.
Apr. 17 at Washington 7 p.m.
Apr. 19 at Montreal 7 p.m.
Apr. 21 at Montreal 7 p.m.
Apr. 23 at Washington * 7 p.m.
Apr. 26 at Montreal * 7 p.m.
Apr. 28 at Washington * TBD
* if necessary


Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Nov. 20 Montreal 3, Washington 2 Recap
Nov. 28 Washington 4, Montreal 3 (SO) Recap
Jan. 5 Washington 4, Montreal 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Montreal 6, Washington 5 (OT) Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic WAS MON
Goals For (Avg.) 3.82 2.56
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.77 2.66
Power Play 25.2% 21.8%
Penalty Kill 78.8% 83.0%

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