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Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:30 am

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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: May 4, 2010 11:23 pm

Highlight of the night

San Jose's Joe Thornton sets up Patrick Marleau on a 2-on-1 7:07 into overtime of the Sharks' 4-3 victory:

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:13 pm

Home ice not much of an advantage for Wings

By Erin Brown

Home has not been sweet for the Detroit Red Wings as of late.

The Red Wings blew a two-goal lead in the third period of a must-win Game 3 and ultimately lost to the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime. They now trail the the series three games to none.

Joe Louis Arena has been a haven for Detroit in recent years, with the Red Wings going 20-4. But those last four losses have come in their last five games on home ice.

The Red Wings needed to accomplish three things in order to win on Tuesday: improve in the faceoff circle, shut down San Jose's power play and keep the Sharks from mounting a third period comeback. The first two, check. The last, not so much.

San Jose's Joe Thornton started the comeback with his second goal in as many games and Logan Couture knotted the game at three apiece with 6:43 to go in regulation. Patrick Marleau converted on a 2-on-1 with Thornton 7:07 into the extra period.

For San Jose, it was just its second win in 32 tries when entering the third period trailing by two goals.

Detroit now faces an 0-3 deficit for the 10th time in franchise history. Only once have they rallied to force a Game 7 -- in 1945 Stanley Cup Finals versus the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but failed to win the series. In all other cases, Detroit was swept.

Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: May 3, 2010 2:57 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 1-0)

• After allowing 46 shots in Game 1, the Flyers know things must change against the Bruins. The plan is simple -- do not allow many odd-man rushes and do not allow the Bruins to camp out in front of the net, but it all comes down to if the Flyers can execute or not. How important is Game 2? When they have lost the first two playoff games, the Flyers have a 2-12 series record. When they are 1-1, they are 15-15. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers' Chris Pronger gets an extra spring in his step this time of year. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Recchi might want to stick around a little longer. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Despite a rough Game 1, Antti Niemi will be starting goalie for Chicago. Coach Joel Quenneville emphatically stated he would start Game 2, one game after being shelled for five goals and being yanked after two periods during Saturday night's 5-1 defeat. "Antti's playing," Quenneville said. "No doubt. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Former Canuck Brent Sopel transforming himself with Blackhawks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Kyle Wellwood doing fine job anchoring Canucks' third line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 2-0)

• The Sharks Big Three does it again. Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, all gold-medal winning forwards for Canada in the Olympics, came through the Sharks needed them the most. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks steal the game with a little help from the referees. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

• Canadiens do their own version of the rope-a-dope to take out Penguins in Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens make the most of limited offense to even series. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 11:30 pm

"Little Joe" comes up with another big game

By Erin Brown

On a night where the San Jose Sharks' top line got clicking once again, Joe Pavelski still found a way to steal the spotlight.

Pavelski scored twice -- including the tying goal 4:40 into the third period -- and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night.

The effort marked Pavelski's third multi-goal consecutive game of the postseason. The feat was last achieved by Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in 1992. Pavelski now leads postseason goal scorers with nine, and ranks second only to the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in points with 14.

"He's such a complete player," San Jose's Joe Thornton said. "He plays hard at both ends of the rink. He competes every night. He's just in a zone, and when you get in a zone, you just have so much confidence and you feel like you can do anything."

In Game 2, the 5-foot-11 center known as "Little Joe" pretty much did everything. Pavelski led the Sharks with 11 shots and dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of 16 draws.

San Jose's first line of Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley , meanwhile, combined for a goal and five assists.

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: May 2, 2010 5:03 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. 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 28, 2010 8:48 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:51 pm

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Sharks will win if: They don't let the ghosts of playoffs past get to them. That might be easier said than done, particularly against an intimidating opponent like Detroit. A big series from goalie Evgeni Nabokov wouldn't hurt, but even beter would be finding a way to get the big line of Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley on track. They were dominant during the regular season, but combined for one goal against Colorado and were all minus players.

The Red Wings will win if: If they keep doing what they have been for the last two months, which is dictate the pace and flow of their games. The Red Wings have been nearly unbeatable since the Olympic break, and they came into the playoffs healthy and better rested than in years past. It is a cliché to say a team's best players have to be their best players at this time of year. Detroit's tend to be exactly that, and judging by the way things went against Phoenix, they should be the same against San Jose. Sharks player might take note.


How They Got Here

San Jose: Defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 51-20-11 record for 113 points (1st, Pacific Division)

Detroit: Defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 44-24-14 record for 102 points (2nd, Central Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket


Date Location Time
April 29 at San Jose 9 p.m.
May 2 at San Jose 8 p.m.
May 4 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
May 6 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
May 8 at San Jose * 10:30 p.m.
May 10 at Detroit * 7:30 p.m.
May 12 at San Jose * TBA
* if necessary


Season Series
Detroit wins, 3-1
Date Result
Nov. 5 Detroit 2, San Jose 1 (SO) Recap
Jan. 9 Detroit 4, San Jose 1 Recap
Feb. 2 Detroit 4, San Jose 2 Recap
Feb. 11 San Jose 3, Detroit 2 (SO) Recap


Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic SJ DET
Goals For (Avg.) 3.17 3.71
Goals Against (Avg.) 1.83 2.57
Power Play 19.2% 23.5%
Penalty Kill 86.7% 81.8%

Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:35 am

Series Recap: San Jose 4, Colorado 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: San Jose-Colorado

Series MVP: Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks

In a series where Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Healtey -- San Jose's 80-point scorers during the regular season -- failed to have an impact, Pavelski filled the void. For all three of them. Pavelski finished the series tied with Ryane Clowe for the team lead in points (8), which was two shy of the top line's combined effort. Pavelski topped all Sharks with five goals, three of which came at crucial moments. He tallied his first of the series with 32 seconds left in Game 2 to force overtime. He recorded the decisive goal 10:24 into overtime of Game 4. The center capped his series with a two-goal night, which included the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner, in Game 6.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
Erin Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Heatley , Thornton will find his playoff game.
Mike Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
Dennis Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.


No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at San Jose COL, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at San Jose SJ, 6-5 (OT) Recap
Apr. 18 at Colorado COL, 1-0 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Colorado SJ, 2-1 (OT) Recap
Apr. 22 at San Jose SJ, 5-0 Recap
Apr. 24 at Colorado SJ, 5-2 Recap
San Jose wins series, 4-2
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