Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:25 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:26 pm

Series Recap: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: Pittsburgh-Ottawa

Series MVP: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby didn't have an impactful Game 6, but without his superstar effort in the previous five, the Penguins might not be looking ahead to another round in these playoffs. Crosby finishes the series with 14 points, tops among all NHLers. He registered five multiple-point games in the series, including a four-point (two goals, two assists) night in Pittsburgh's momentum-grabbing 7-4 win in Game 4. Crosby's best effort, however, was in Game 2, when he netted a goal and an assist, and made a goal-line save to help preserve a 2-1 victory.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
Erin Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
Dennis Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.


No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at Pittsburgh OTT, 5-4 Recap
Apr. 16 at Pittsburgh PIT, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 18 at Ottawa PIT, 4-2 Recap
Apr. 20 at Ottawa PIT, 7-4 Recap
Apr. 22 at Pittsburgh OTT, 4-3 (3OT) Recap
Apr. 24 at Ottawa PIT, 4-3 (OT) Recap
Pittsburgh wins series, 4-2

Posted on: April 24, 2010 11:02 pm

Penguins role players provide Game 6 heroics

By Erin Brown

This time, the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't need Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin to play the hero.

Matt Cooke scored twice, and Pascal Dupuis scored the game-winner in the Penguins' series-clinching, 4-3 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

For the first time in the series, Crosby was held without a point. Malkin registered one assist.

Pittsburgh faced a near-identical situation in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Up 3-2 in the series, the Penguins allowed the Flyers to build a three-goal lead in Game 6. Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals to win 5-3 and clinch the series.

In that contest, however, Crosby and Malkin played more prominent roles. Crosby scored the tying goal and sealed the win with an empty-netter, while Malkin set up a pair of goals, including Sergei Gonchar's game-winner.

Posted on: April 24, 2010 8:35 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 3 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

Jordin Tootoo misses practice after receiving 45 stitches in face. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators face desperation for Game 5 ... and that's a good thing. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks looking to take control in see-saw series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.(Penguins lead 3-2)

• Overtime games are hard to forget for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators willing to do whatver it takes, including sacrificing bodies. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

Pascal Leclaire recalls Game 5, the most exiciting game he's played. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 10 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-2)

• Finally seeing results, Sharks look to continue attacking. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene taking the hits. [ Denver Post ]

Peter Mueller very doubtful for Avalanche in Game 6. [ Denver Post ]

Off-Day Teams

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

Jacques Martin's juggling lineup pays off for Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Jaroslav Halak is the difference as Canadiens take Game 5. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals haven't learned how to make it easy on themselves. [ Washington Post ]

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

• With Sabres still alive, fans and city still believe. [ Buffalo News ]

• Boston defensive stalwart Zdeno Chara faces suspension. [ Buffalo News ]

• Line changes put a jump into Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler. [ Boston Globe ]

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

• Canucks get swagger back, play best game of series to take 3-2 lead. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks finally played to their potential. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Crushing blow to Kings, puts season on the brink of elimination. [ Los Angeles Times ]

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

• Late scoring pushes Red Wings to victory past Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Tomas Holmstrom's goal is the dagger the Red Wings needed in Game 5. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes' Mathieu Schneider sees first action in series. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 23, 2010 8:56 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 3-1)

• Capitals using deep roster to take lead on Canadiens. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens trying to take loose approach for elimination game. [ Montreal Gazette ]

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

• Bruins remembering the past, so they don't repeat it. [ Boston Herald ]

Marc Savard's progress continues, but not ready to suit up. [ Boston Globe ]

Sabres doing their best to keep hope alive for Game 5. [ Buffalo News ]

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

• Canucks' Mikael Samuelsson and Sedin twins making beautiful music. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks don't practice Thursday, spend day with reporters. [ Vancouver Province ]

• After losing Game 4, Kings look for another chance to pull ahead. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

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

• Coyotes defensemen Sami Lepisto enjoying playoff experience. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Game 5 the turning point for Red Wings, Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 5 Ottawa Senators vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins (Penguins lead 3-2)

Matt Carkner and Pascal Leclaire save Ottawa's season. [ Ottawa Sun ]

Sidney Crosby says the Penguins defense plays with a lot of guts. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins forced to sweat out video reviews. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead 3-2)

Logan Couture enjoying coming-out party during playoffs. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks' impressive victory leaving fluke goal in the past. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs offense an empty tank in Game 5 against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Series tied 2-2)

• Desperate Blackhawks grind out victory to tie series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Brian Campbell finally back in action. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators forward Jordin Tootoo suffers injury after getting hit with puck in face. [ The Tennessean ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 2 New Jersey Devils (Flyers won 4-1)

• Flyers goalie Brian Boucher puts past performance behind him. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Patrik Elias, rest of Devils stunned after being eliminated. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

Posted on: April 23, 2010 2:25 am

Three Stars: April 22

By Erin Brown

First Star: Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Boucher made 28 saves to record his second career postseason shutout and propel the Flyers to a series-clinching 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Second Star: Matt Carkner, Ottawa Senators

Carkner helped the Senators avoid elimination with his first career playoff goal 7:06 into triple overtime of Ottawa's 4-3 Game 5 win over Pittsburgh.

Third Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks needed a victory and momentum following a tough start to this series and Couture provided it with two goals in San Jose's 5-0 win over Colorado.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 23, 2010 1:49 am

Wraparound: A recap of Thursday's games

Complete Bracket & Schedule

No. 5 Ottawa Senators 4, No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3OT)

Pittsburgh leads, 3-2

Matt Carkner scored at 7:06 of the third overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, forcing a sixth game in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 0

Philadelphia wins, 4-1

Brian Boucher 's series-clinching shutout and Ian Laperriere 's battered and bloodied face are the only pieces of evidence necessary to show why the Philadelphia Flyers are moving on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3, No. 7 Nashville Predators 0

Series tied, 2-2

Patrick Sharp scored his first two goals of the postseason, and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 and tied their opening series at 2-2 Thursday. Recap | Stats


No. 1 San Jose Sharks 5, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 0

San Jose leads, 3-2

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots to record his seventh career playoff shutout, Logan Couture scored twice and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 Thursday to take a 3-2 edge in their series. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 23, 2010 1:08 am

Sens skate to longest OT win in team history

By Erin Brown

The Ottawa Senators re-wrote their record book with a 4-3 overtime defeat of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

The contest, which ended when defenseman Matt Carkner scored 7:06 into the third extra period, is the longest in Senators history. The victory is also their first when stretching a game to triple overtime.

With the win, Ottawa improved to 3-3 in multiple-overtime games.

Longest overtimes in Senators history
Date Opponent Result Length
Apr. 22, 2010 Pittsburgh W, 4-3 107:06
May 4, 2002 Toronto L, 3-2 104:30
Apr. 23, 1999 Buffalo L, 3-2 90:35
May 12, 2007 Buffalo W, 4-3 84:58
Apr. 14, 2003 N.Y. Islanders W, 2-1 82:25
Apr. 28, 2007 New Jersey L, 3-2 81:55

Posted on: April 23, 2010 12:42 am
Edited on: April 23, 2010 12:44 am

Video officials work overtime in Pens-Sens Game 5

By Erin Brown

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins were not the only ones who worked a little overtime on Thursday.

Officials in the league's video replay "war room" located in Toronto, Ont. were called upon three times in the Senators' 4-3 triple-overtime victory over the Penguins. One replay resulted in an overturned call, while the other two upheld calls on the ice.

The first incident happened with 1:26 left in the second period. Chris Kunitz 's shot crossed the goal line as the net appeared to come off its moorings. Referee Brian Pochmara signaled "no goal," saying the net was dislodged by Bill Guerin . Video review showed the puck lifted off its pegs, but remained in a legal position. Kunitz's goal tied the game at two apiece.

Kunitz also played a role in the second a little more than three minutes into the third period when he knocked a puck out of mid-air into the net. Referee Dan O'Halloran waived off the goal due to a high stick. Video replay confirmed Kunitz touched the puck above the crossbar.

The last incident occurred 2:05 into overtime when Ottawa's Nick Foligno crashed the net and redirected the puck with his left skate. O'Halloran immediately waived it off. Video officials upheld the decision, noting the puck was kicked in.

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