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Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Nicklas Lidstrom , Jimmy Howard and Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings watch Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks score the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, Calif. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: May 2, 2010 5:03 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2 p.m. (Penguins lead 1-0)

• After allowing six goals in Game 1 against the Penguins, the Canadiens must step up their defensive play. Losing Andrei Markov won't help either, so the Canadiens will be looking for others -- P.K. Subban , Ryan O'Byrne and Marc-Andre Bergeron to raise their games. None of the three were part of the defence corps when the playoffs opened in Washington on April 15. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• With Jordan Staal out indefinitely, other Penguins have to step up. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 8 p.m. (Sharks lead series 1-0)

Patrick Marleau will be back on the ice for the Sharks, but the big question will be which line? He went through the full practice Saturday and pronounced himself fit to play after missing Game 1 with a bout of the flu. "No idea," Marleau said when asked where he might play. "Todd (McLellan) does everything for a reason. So whatever he thinks is best and will help out the team, he'll do." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings learning to stay cool from captain Nicklas Lidstrom . [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 1-0)

Marc Savard has a return for the ages, knocking down perfect shot. [ Boston Globe ]

• Despite loss, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher stands tall in Game 1. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Home loss puts Blackhawks on notice -- they must get their act together. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks choose speed over toughness for the fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]



Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 12:10 am
 

Sharks show focus, bite early in Game 1

By Erin Brown

If the first period of Game 1 is any indication, the San Jose Sharks are ready to bite off the head of that playoff monkey on their back.

Check out some of the first period stats for the Sharks:

• They scored three goals in 79 seconds, setting a new franchise record for fastest three goals in a playoff game.

• They dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 30 (60 percent) draws.

• They outhit the Red Wings, 20-9, with Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton leading the way with four hits apiece.

San Jose couldn't keep up the pace over the next two periods, but did just enough to hang onto a 4-3 victory.

Joe Pavelski continued his postseason tear with two goals and an assist. Evgeni Nabokov finished with 20 saves, including a clutch stop on Nicklas Lidstrom with 19 seconds to play. San Jose's big guns, often pinpointed for their absence during the postseason, are producing. Dan Boyle finished with three assists and Dany Heatley chipped in a goal and an assist. Thornton also registered a helper.

There is still a lot of hockey to be played in the series, but for one night at least, the Sharks can avoid criticism of an unfocused and shaky start.

Posted on: April 28, 2010 12:50 am
 

Three Stars: April 28

By Erin Brown

First Star: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings center set the pace of the game early in the second with two goals in 1:41 early in the second period. His highlight-reel breakaway tally ended up as the game-winner.


Second Star: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

A day shy of his 40th birthday, Lidstrom celebrated with two power play goals and an assist in Detroit's 6-1 triumph.


Third Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Zetterberg finished Tuesday's Game 7 with three assists, including the primary helper on Datsyuk's eventual game-winner.


Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 28, 2010 12:24 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Tuesday's game

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 6, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1

Detroit wins, 4-3

The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the big party in Arizona, bringing the Phoenix Coyotes back to Earth with a resounding thud in a 6-1 rout in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in a span of less than two minutes and Nicklas Lidstrom had two goals a day shy of his 40th birthday for the Red Wings. Detroit, a Stanley Cup finalist the past two seasons, won in Arizona for the third time in the series to advance to a Western Conference second-round matchup with top-seeded San Jose. Recap | Stats


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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