Tag:New Jersey-Philadelphia
Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:28 pm

Series Recap: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: New Jersey-Philadelphia

Series MVP: Brian Boucher, G, Philadelphia Flyers

At no point during the regular season did the Flyers consider Boucher their No. 1 netminder. That is likely to change after his superb effort Philadelphia's defeat of the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In five games, Boucher posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average. Aside from a 5-3 loss in Game 2, in which he allowed four goals, Boucher held the Devils to two or fewer goals. And in Game 5, when the Flyers were without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne , the netminder stepped up his game with a 28-save shutout.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
Erin Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
Dennis Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.


No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at New Jersey PHI, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at New Jersey NJ, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia PHI, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia PHI, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at New Jersey PHI, 3-0 Recap
Philadelphia wins series, 4-1

Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:31 pm

Boucher finds redemption with perfect Game 5

By Erin Brown

Brian Boucher has no interest in reliving the past.

The Philadelphia Flyers led his team with a 28-save effort in a series-clinching, 3-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

The shutout was the second of Boucher's postseason career, but more importantly, it erased the ghosts of a horriffic collapse by the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals a decade earlier.

Philadelphia led New Jersey, 3-1, in the series that year. Rather than clinch a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers fell 4-1 on home ice in Game 5 and went on to lose the next two games. New Jersey became just the 16th team in NHL history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.

"That still stings," Boucher said. "We were on our way to the Stanley Cup Finals and we lost. But tonight it feels nice to move on to the second round.

Game 5: A Decade Later
  May 22, 2000 April 22, 2010
Round Conference Final Conference Quarterfinal
Result New Jersey, 4-1 Philadelphia, 3-0
Flyers Goals Valeri Zelepukin Danny Briere, Claude Giroux (2)
Devils Goals Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, Bobby Holik, Petr Sykora None
Flyers Goalie (GA-SV) Brian Boucher (4-26) Brian Boucher (0-28)
Devils Goalie (GA-SV) Martin Brodeur (1-20) Martin Brodeur (3-18)
Series Result New Jersey wins, 4-3 Philadelphia wins, 4-1

Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:38 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. (Flyers lead 3-1)

• Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello says results vs. Flyers are unacceptable. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• It's win or die time for the Devils against Flyers in elimination game. [ New York Post ]

• Aggressive Flyers must block out injury woes for Game 5. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-1)

• Penguins victory in Game 5 would set up much needed rest. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins' Bill Guerin holding up his end of the bargain. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators goalie Brian Elliott wants a shot at redemption. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Avalanche need more offensive chances against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

• Avs hopes riding high despite injuries to Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller . [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Joe Pavelski making name with clutch goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m. (Predators lead 2-1)

• Blackhawks' Stars looking at themselves for lack of offense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' line changes coming to hopefully give team a spark. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators defense and goaltending keeping Blackhawks out of the net. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Russian duo Semyon Varlamov and Alex Ovechkin lift Caps. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals get into Montreal goalie's head, forcing Carey Price to fold late. [ Washington Post ]

• Montreal's Hal Gill says game is decided by inches. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Boston's Miroslav Satan finds spot past Ryan Miller in victory. [ Boston Globe ]

• Game 4 provides thrills worth a double take. [ Boston Globe ]

• Down 3-1, Sabres now have no room for error. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Series tied 2-2)

Henrik Sedin provides Canucks with a Hollywood ending. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Gary Bettman dismisses complaints about disallowed Canucks goal. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• A look inside the lives of Kings' fans in the Die-Hard section. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Hot goalie Jimmy Howard gives the Red Wings a boost. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings' penalty kill improves after Game 1 fiasco. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes and fans need perspective, but not overhaul. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:29 am

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. (Capitals lead 2-1)

• Canadiens' Carey Price ready to start in net for Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a star in the making. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals spend off day working on struggling power play. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-1)

Dennis Wideman and Mike Grier working well together for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek not likely to play in Game 4. [ Buffalo News ]

Lindy Ruff lets Sabres know to finish and not forget anything. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Kings lead 2-1)

• Canucks' Roberto Luongo says he's fine despite struggles. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Alain Vigneault believes Canucks are ready for this moment. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings enjoying series lead, heading into Game 4 at home. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 3-1)

• After winning Game 4, Penguins create some space between elimination. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Injury-plagued Chris Kunitz contributing in playoffs. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators clearly weren't happy with the referees. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 3-1)

• In the duel of goalies, Brian Boucher is outplaying Martin Brodeur. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Peter Laviolette, Flyers on verge of steamrolling the Devils in first round. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils offensive struggles continue against Flyers. [ New York Post ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Series tied 2-2)

• Sharks get redemption in Game 4, but still not scoring enough goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton remain upbeat. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Another draining overtime game, this time won by the Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard rebounds with a shutout. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Without Shane Doan, it was the Red Wings who were the aggressor. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes get a break, but it doesn't help in Game 4. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Predators lead 2-1)

Shea Weber leads tough Predators defense in Game 3. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Jonathan Toews gets surprise, wasn't named finalists for the Selke Trophy. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist remains out of Predators lineup. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:50 am

Three Stars: April 20

By Erin Brown

First Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby recorded four points, scoring two second-period goals and picking up assists on two others in Pittsburgh's 7-4 win over Ottawa. He now leads the postseason scoring race with 11 points.

Second Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

Howard registered his first career postseason shutout with a 29-save effort in Detroit's 3-0 win over Phoenix.

Third Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Sharks fans can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Pavelski, who scored the game-winner 10:24 into overtime. The 2-1 win for San Jose knots their series with Colorado at two wins apiece.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Brian Elliott, Ottawa Senators

Elliott became the latest goaltender to get yanked in mid-game. After making 13 saves in the first period, Elliott allowed three goals on five shots in the second.

Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:26 am

Wraparound: A recap of Tuesday's games

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 0

Series tied, 2-2

Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout, Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal, leading Detroit to a 3-0 series-evening win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 on Tuesday. Recap | Stats


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 7, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 4

Pittsburgh leads series, 3-1

Sidney Crosby had four points, including two of Pittsburgh's five goals in the second, leading the Penguins to a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night and a 3-1 series lead. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 1

Philadelphia leads series, 3-1

Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to snap scoring funks and lead Philadelphia to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Nashville Predators 4, No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 1

Nashville leads, 2-1

The Nashville Predators have their first 2-1 lead ever in an opening-round series. It's only fitting the first player they ever drafted played a key role. David Legwand was the No. 2 overall pick in 1998 when the franchise was getting started. Best known as a two-way player, he scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists as the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday and made some history. Recap | Stats


No. 1 San Jose Sharks 2, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1 (OT)

Series tied, 2-2

Joe Pavelski scored 10:24 into overtime and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots, giving the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and tying the series at two games apiece. All four games have been decided by a goal, the last three going into overtime. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 20, 2010 10:52 pm

Has Brodeur lost his bite?

By Erin Brown

Martin Brodeur is one win away from his 100th career playoff victory. With the way he and the New Jersey Devils are playing, the milestone may have to wait another year.

The Devils trail the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series, and one has to wonder if the future hall-of-famer has lost his effectiveness in pressure situations.

Since leading New Jersey to the Stanley Cup in 2003, Brodeur is just 15-22 in playoff games. The Devils have not advanced past the conference semifinals. During the 2003 Cup run, the all-time shutouts leader whitewashed opponents seven times. Since then, he's recorded only three.

This postseason seems to be in line with the trend. His .885 save percentage through four games is the worst since 1999 and his goals-against average (2.98) is hovering around three for the second time in four years.

It hasn't helped that the Devils have been held to two or fewer goals in all but one game this series. But in all the years New Jersey dominated the postseason, they were never regarded as a high-scoring team. Brodeur filled the gap, keeping games within reach. His highlight-reel performances carried the team.

Shouldering such a workload at age 37 may finally be getting to the netminder.

Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:08 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 6:30 p.m. (Coyotes lead 2-1)

Update: Doan out for Game 4 with upper-body injury

• Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom isn't what he used to be. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes' goalie Ilya Bryzgalov credits coach, teammates. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Defenseman Keith Yandle says it is no surprise the Coyotes are playing well. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 2-1)

• Penguins' Max Talbot rising his game at the right time. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators' forwards have lacked scoring punch, giving Pens the advantage. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Senators toast unless big guns start stepping up. [ Ottawa Sun ]

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

• It's not too late for Devils to turn tide, but they must win tonight. [ New York Post ]

• Devils say officials missed penalty call against Flyers in overtime. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• Series has been intense, but so far there hasn't been any nastiness. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 Nashville Predators, 9 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Predators hope to feed off fans' energy for Game 2. [ The Tennessean ]

Colin Fraser giving Blackhawks whatever they need. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Blackhawks know how to win on the road, ready for Nashville. [ Arlington Daily Herald ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 10 p.m. (Avalanche lead 2-1)

• Top-seeded Sharks eager to get back on ice after OT loss. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks veteran Milan Hejduk questionable for Game 4. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Columbine anniversary remembered by Sharks, Avalanche. [ Denver Post ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Capitals find the net and silence the Canadiens and their fans. [ Washington Post ]

• Second-period meltdown gives home-ice advantage back to Capitals. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• High-powered Capitals use Jaroslav Halak for target practice. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-1)

Mark Recchi spirited play helps Bruins take series lead. [ Boston Globe ]

• Symptom-free Marc Savard is able to begin skating for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's anemic power play is hurting team's chances to advance. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Kings lead 2-1)

• Canucks forced to pull struggling Roberto Luongo in Game 3. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Canucks penalty killing is awful, allowing Kings to roll in Game 3. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Third season has been the charm for Kings' Michal Handzus. [ Los Angeles Times ]

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