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Posted on: May 10, 2010 10:49 am
Edited on: May 10, 2010 10:50 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 at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-2)

• This is not a must-win game for the Penguins. Not in any hard-numbers sense, anyway. But the last thing the Penguins want to avoid is a Game 7, where anything can happen. "I'd like to treat it like it's the end of the world," left winger Mike Rupp said. "You can look at it that their backs are up against the wall -- which they are -- but I like to look at it from the standpoint that it is for us, too." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill injury 'just a cut', hopes to play Game 6. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' fans have reason to celebrate no matter what the outcome. [ Montreal Gazette ]

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

• After letting a second-round sweep of the Flyers slip away with a 5-4 overtime loss in Philadelphia, the banged-up Bruins got some much needed rest Sunday. [ Boston Globe ]

• Bruins know good things follow with faceoff wins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers' Matt Carle understands 0-3 hole, but says team can't get too far ahead of ourselves. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• With Vancouver's season at stake — and with it Roberto Luongo's reputation — the goaltender produced his finest clutch performance in a Canuck uniform since the epic 56-save night three years ago in an elimination game against the Anaheim Ducks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Sami Salo's takes puck to the groin, meaning it would be doubtful he plays in Game 6. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Blackhawks lose focus, getting dropped by Canucks as series heads back to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Posted on: May 8, 2010 7:57 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. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins, Canadiens both have the same attitude ... Game 5 is very important to swing the series. The eighth-seeded Canadiens, who waged a last-ditch effort to send the Capitals on their way to summer vacation in the first round, have found comfort in a devil-may-care style of play. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges doing a great job shutting down Sidney Crosby. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Even though the Sharks still have a commanding 3-1 lead, the Red Wings 7-1 win in Game 4 casts some doubts about the Sharks. "I think we move on and it's over," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to put it behind us. If we carry that baggage or luggage with us, we'll be behind the 8-ball." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings looking to Game 5 and only Game 5 for now. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have to do five things to stave off elimination and claim series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-1)

Simon Gagne had quite a return. What started as a painful shift with 14:10 elapsed in the first OT ended only 30 seconds later with pure jubilation. His goal - and chance to play hero - was the exact reason why he decided to push the envelope and return to his teammates at their most desperate hour. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Brian Boucher wasn't at his best, but he'll take the victory. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Stuart hits the ice for the first time since April 1. [ Boston Globe ]

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

• Vancouver continued to take cheap shots and penalites, which was fine by the Blackhawks. They took the power play chances, the goals and not a 3-1 lead in the series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Dave Bolland and his line are getting in the head of the Sedin twins. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Roberto Luongo gets pounded again, putting Canucks in deep trouble. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:46 am
Edited on: May 6, 2010 12:48 am

Byfuglien burns Canucks with toughness, hat trick

By Erin Brown

How do the Vancouver Canucks and their followers feel about Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien ?

Ask the fan at General Motors place donning a vintage 'V' jersey, pounding on the glass at game's end and giving the Minnesota native the finger.

Byfuglien went beyond the role of impact player in Chicago's 5-2 victory over Vancouver, by recording a hat trick, an assist, six hits and  terrorizing netminder Roberto Luongo .

It was a throwback to last postseason, when the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Byfuglien took up residence in front of the Canucks crease. He did the same Wednesday night, scoring two goals off rebounds. He capped the hat trick by crashing the net and getting a lucky -- albeit questionable -- bounce off his left skate.

The hat trick was Byfuglien's first since Nov. 30, 2007 versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Away from the net, he instigated scrums and taunted fans. After his second goal, Byfuglien skated to the corner spreading his arms mockingly while skating along the glass.

Toward the end of the third period, he jawed with Canucks players from the bench, leading a brawl and 10-minute misconducts for Vancouver's Alex Burrows and Shane O'Brien and Chicago's Dave Bolland . And when the whistle finally blew, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa went after the winger.

Referees may have been able to drag Byfuglien off the ice after this game, but the Canucks are going to have to get him out of their head before the next.

Posted on: May 1, 2010 11:53 pm

Three Stars: May 1

By Erin Brown

First Star: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Luongo finished with 36 saves, including 17 in the first period of Vancouver's 5-1 win over Chicago.

Second Star: Marc Savard, Boston Bruins

Playing in his first game in two months, Savard scored in overtime to give Boston a 5-4 win over Philadelphia.

Third Star: Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers

Richards rallied the Flyers in the second and third periods, scoring a goal and two assists in Philadelphia's 5-4 overtime loss.

Honorable Mentions

  • Mason Raymond , Vancouver Canucks: one goal, one assist
  • Daniel Briere , Philadelphia Flyers: one goal, one assist
  • Patrice Bergeron , Philadelphia Flyers: one goal, one assist

Posted on: May 1, 2010 11:08 pm

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

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No. 6 Boston Bruins 5, No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4 (OT)

Boston leads, 1-0

In his first game in almost two months, Marc Savard scored on a delayed penalty 13:52 into overtime on Saturday to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Recap | Stats


No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 5, No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 1

Vancouver leads, 1-0

Roberto Luongo made 36 saves and the Vancouver Canucks showed why they were the Western Conference's top scoring team this season, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 Saturday in the second-round series opener. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:40 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Semifinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb,  CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).

Through the conference quarterfinals , standings are as follows:

Standings (through Round 1)
Expert Win Loss Bonus Points
Brown 6 2 4 10
Goldstein 6 2 1 7
Hurcomb 3 5 1 4
Dodd 3 5 1 4
* A bonus point is awarded for picking a winner in the correct number of games played

And the picks for the conference semifinals:

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 6: The Pens won't take the Habs for granted like Caps did.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: It would be unfair to expect Jaroslav Halak to survive yet another offensive barrage.
  • Hurcomb: Pittsburgh in 6: Things are lining up nicely for Pens to make another Cup appearance.
  • Dodd: Pittsburgh in 5: The Penguins are out partying knowing they won't have to wake up until Game 4.

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

  • Goldstein: Boston in 6: Philly is too hurt up front, and B's are hitting stride.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: This will be one ugly series, and that will be an intangible in Philly's favor.
  • Hurcomb: Boston in 6: Tuukka Rask is playing years beyond his age and experience.
  • Dodd: Philadelphia in 6: The only just winner is Philly because Pittsburgh wants you, Flyers.

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

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: San Jose's still wearing its playoff monkey and it's name is Detroit.
  • Brown: San Jose in 7: With all respect to Detroit, you have to beat the best to be the best.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 7: The Red Wings will capitalize on San Jose's sloppy play.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 7: The Sharks tank. They will never, ever, ever get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 7: Canucks match up better this time, but 'Hawks will find a way.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: A tough round with Nashville has Chicago primed for this series.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 7: Roberto Luongo will not let Dustin Byfuglien get the best of him this time.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 6: So much animosity in this one, we may need a 911 call at the end of it.

Posted on: April 29, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 11:27 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league... 

Tonight's Game

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 9 p.m.

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard ready to stare down Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have killer instinct, have some advantages against No. 1 Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' top line knows they need to score to advance past Red Wings. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks look to break streak of losing home openers in Game 1. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

• After winning Cup, Penguins now have a tough act to follow. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have no timetable for the return of Jordan Leopold. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Cardiac Canadiens believed in themselves in upset over No. 1 Capitals. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Johnny Boychuk's play has been big for Bruins in the playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

Marc Savard cleared to play, continues to work on conditioning. [ Boston Globe ]

Scott Hartnell's confidence continues to grow for Flyers. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Roberto Luongo braced for another dose of Dustin Byfuglien. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Personal rivalry between Blackhawks and Canucks expected to be intense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:52 pm

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They are willing to pay the price by doing the little things like blocking shots, finishing checks winning battles along the boards and in corners. The grit factor wasn't always there against Nashville, and that should be a concern for a team that is very good and knows it. Complacency endangered Chicago against Nashville, with the Blackhawks ultimately winning out because their talent was superior. In reality, though, they survived the Predators more than beating them, and chances are they won't get away with that again, especially if goaltender Antti Niemi isn't steadier throughout.

The Canucks will win if: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin do what they did against Los Angeles, which is put up a lot of points, and Mikael Samuelsson keeps scoring the way he did. That won't be easy against a more talented team, though, so Vancouver will need its secondary scorers to contribute a lot more than they did against the Kings. The penalty kill will have to be a lot better than it was against Los Angeles, which connected on nine of its first 16 chances. Roberto Luongo will have to be on his game from the outset because Chicago is a tougher team to rebound against.


How They Got Here

Chicago: Defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 52-22-8 record for 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Vancouver: Defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 49-28-5 record for 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket


Date Location Time
May 1 at Chicago 8 p.m.
May 3 at Chicago 9 p.m.
May 5 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 7 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 9 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
May 11 at Vancouver * 9:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
* if necessary


Season Series
Series tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 21 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Recap
Nov. 22 Chicago 1, Vancouver 0 Recap
Jan. 23 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Recap
Mar. 5 Chicago 6, Vancouver 3 Recap


Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic CHI VAN
Goals For (Avg.) 2.83 4.17
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.50 3.00
Power Play 17.4% 25.0%
Penalty Kill 96.3% 61.5%

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