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Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2010 8:59 pm

Series Recap: Boston 4, Buffalo 2

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Series MVP: Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins

For the Bruins to have any chance against the Buffalo Sabres, Boston needed a huge effort from their rookie netminder. Rask backstopped the Bruins with the poise of a veteran, at times outplaying Olympic MVP Ryan Miller . The Finn showed no jitters in his first postseason game, a 2-1 loss, and rebounded with three straight wins, holding Buffalo to two or fewer goals in two of those. His 35-save effort in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 swung the momentum toward Boston. Rask finishes the first round among the top goaltenders in save percentage (fourth, .927) and goals-against average (fourth, 2.18).

Expert Picks

Off the Mark

Wes Goldstein: Buffalo in 6: Thomas Vanek is on a roll and Miller is a difference maker.
Erin Brown: Buffalo in 5: If an all-star Canadian squad barely beat Miller, do you really think the Bruins can?
Mike Hurcomb: Buffalo in 7: Miller didn't win gold at the Olympics, but he will prevail in Game 7.
Dennis Dodd: Buffalo in 5: Miller is a national hero at the top of his game.


No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 15 at Buffalo BUF, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 17 at Buffalo BOS, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 19 at Boston BOS, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 21 at Boston BOS, 3-2 (2OT) Recap
Apr. 23 at Buffalo BUF, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 26 at Boston BOS, 4-3 Recap
Boston wins series, 4-2

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 1:45 am

Three Stars: April 23

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak stopped 37 shots, including 12 in the final period to preserve Montreal's 2-1 win over Washington and force Game 6.

Second Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Although he had more help from his team in Game 5, Miller put up another stellar performance, stopping 35 shots in Buffalo's 4-1 win over Boston. His shutout bid fell short when Johnny Boychuk scored with 2:30 left in the game.

Third Star: Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

Samuelsson continued his tear Friday night with two goals and an assist in Vancouver's 7-2 win over Los Angeles. The Swede has at least one goal in five straight games and now leads all postseason goal scorers with seven.

Honorable Mentions

Goats of the night: Jonathan Quick & Erik Ersberg, Los Angeles Kings

It is bad enough when a team's goaltender gets pulled, but two? After Quick got yanked for giving up four goals on 21 shots, the same happened to Ersberg, who allowed two on four. Quick was thrown back into the game and gave up his fifth of the night.

Posted on: April 23, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2010 10:50 pm

Sabres step up to help Miller, themselves

By Erin Brown

The Buffalo Sabres finally figured out Ryan Miller cannot do it all on his own.

The Sabres stepped up their game offensively and in front of their superstar netminder to avoid elimination by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 5 Friday night. Buffalo trails Boston in the series, 3-2.

Adam Mair gave Miller some breathing room with a goal 1:54 into the game. Jason Pominville padded the lead with his second of the playoffs with 66 left in the opening period. Mike Grier scored midway through the second period, giving Buffalo its first three-goal lead of the series.

Miller did his part as well, stopping 34 shots. He was two and a half minutes shy of a shutout when Boston's Johnny Boychuk struck with a power play goal.

But the Sabres also tended to their own end, blocking 26 Bruins shots. It was the most blocked shots for Buffalo since Dec. 14, 2009, when they got in front of 30 attempts by the Montreal Canadiens.

"They definitely came out hard in the third," Miller said. "I think they were trying to establish thay they don't have any quit in them either. I thought for the most part, we handled it real well. We got in the lanes, we supported each other. There were two, three guys on the puck at all times. It made it tough for them to get inside."

Miller had extra thanks for teammate Grier, who took a puck to the head a little less than nine minutes into the third period. Grier immediately went back to the locker room.

"Griersy getting down and sacrificing his body, ultimately taking that one in the back of the head," Miller said. "It was a little bit scary, especially with what happened last night with [Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian] Laperriere. You don't like to see it, so I am glad it mainly hit him in the helmet.

"Mike set a great example. Every game this series, he's had some sort of impact. He's definitely been the guy to look to on our team."

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 11:48 pm

Rask, Miller fill Game 4 highlight reel

By Erin Brown

The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres skated to the first double overtime game of the playoffs Wednesday night. Goalies Tuukka Rask and Ryan Miller provided the material for highlight reels.

Rask and Miller combined for 71 saves in Boston's 3-2 victory. We've singled out our top three stops of the night:

No. 3: Miller's pad save on Mark Recchi 13:04 into the second period:


No. 2: Miller sticks out his glove to deny Miroslav Satan 16:13 into overtime:


And the No. 1 highlight: Rask dives across the crease to stop Mike Grier 8:57 into the third period:

Posted on: April 20, 2010 1:08 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

No. 1 Washington Capitals 5, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 1

Washington leads series, 2-1

Alex Ovechkin scored the fourth goal of Washington's second-period outburst, leading the Capitals to a 5-1 win over Montreal on Monday night and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Boston Bruins 2, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 1

Boston leads series, 2-1

Mark Recchi outmuscled 23-year-old Tim Kennedy and passed to Patrice Bergeron , who got off a quick shot from the low right circle. It was too quick for Sabres star goalie Ryan Miller . That goal with 7:03 left in the game broke a tie and gave Boston a 2-1 win on Monday night and a 2-1 lead over Buffalo in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoffs. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 5, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 3

Los Angeles leads series, 2-1

Michal Handzus scored two power-play goals, Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists, and the Los Angeles Kings chased Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo during a 5-3 victory over the Canucks on Monday night, taking a 2-1 series lead in their first home postseason game in eight years. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:08 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 2 New Jersey Devils at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 6 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Flyers center Jeff Carter by lack of production. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers hope fans, home-ice advantage will help take series against Devils. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils prepare for shift to Philadelphia, look to matchup better in Game 3. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 6:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Pittsburgh's Alexei Ponikarovsky painful looks to score in Game 3. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators look to control Sidney Crosby as series shifts to Ottawa. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• When things get crucial, look for Pittsburgh's Max Talbot to contribute. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Avs Rob Blake has become Public Enemy No. 1. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Colorado third-line winger Kevin Porter is out for Game 3. [ Denver Post ]

Paul Stastny's ties with dad go back a long time. [ Denver Post ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Nashville leads 1-0)

• Predators look to win another game on road, take commanding lead. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi looks to shake off fluke from Game 1. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks look for a change in strategy for Game 2. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 3 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Coyotes looking to ruin Red Wings day with a Game 3 win. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Mike Emrick says Phoenix could make a great Cinderella story. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings seemed more inspired, intense in Game 2. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

Alex Ovechkin gets energized and so do the Capitals. [ Washington Post ]

• Goaltending questions face Capitals for rest of the series. [ Washington Times ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Series tied 1-1)

• No luck of the bounces this time for Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Buffalo News ]

Zdeno Chara's hit a huge moment in the series for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Leading-scorer Thomas Vanek's injury a huge blow to Sabres. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Series tied 1-1)

• Kings the better, and smarter, team, thanks to Rob Scuderi. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Anze Kopitar helps push Kings past Canucks. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Posted on: April 17, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 4:00 pm

Chara stands tall in Boston's Game 2 win

By Erin Brown

With his team facing a two-game deficit, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara shouldered the responsibility of breaking a trend.

Chara recorded two goals in Boston's 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday to even the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.

"Every time you have a chance to join the rush and support attack, you have to do that," Chara said. "We were behind, so the d-men joined the rushes."

The effort resulted in the first two-goal game of Chara's postseason career. It also ended a streak for the Sabres, who had not suffered a lost in their last 31 games when taking a lead into the final period.

The league's tallest player at 6-foot-9, Chara fired the go-ahead goal past Buffalo's Ryan Miller with a little more than 12 minutes to play in the game.

His first came midway through the second period, which completed Boston's rally from a 2-0 deficit.

"Everybody really played hard," Chara said. "We were behind in the first two periods, and we had to find a way to tie the game and get ahead."

Chara finished with a team-best plus-2 rating, and 26:50 in ice time.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:49 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Ottawa leads 1-0)

• Ottawa's Milan Michalek is out for the season with a torn ACL. [ Ottawa Citizen ]

Sidney Crosby, teammates starting to hate Senators. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury hopes for rebound. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins see some room for improvement in Game 2. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins could give Ruslan Fedotenko the playoff hook. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

• Flyers not satisfied with one win in New Jersey. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Philadelphia's Chris Pronger making his presence felt on blue line. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire not worried about matching lines with Flyers. [ New York Post ]

• New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk vows for payback the rest of the series. [ New York Post ]

Andrew Peters and Vladimir Zharkov are healthy, but will they play? [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

• Nashville's David Legwand anticipates fresh start in playoffs. [ The Tennessean ]

• Nashville needs to find more scoring to keep up with Blackhawks' offense. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi doesn't let nerves get in way. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks, older and wiser, looking to make deep run in playoffs. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks need these five key players to step up in the playoffs. [ Arlington Heights Daily Herald ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Phoenix leads 1-0)

Justin Abdelkader to replace Jason Williams in lineup for Red Wings. [ Detroit News ]

• After getting beat up in Game 1, Red Wings plan to counter Coyotes' aggressive play. [ Detroit News ]

• Phoenix looking to continue hit parade in Game 2 vs. Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Public funds would back Phoenix Coyotes bidder Jerry Reinsdorf. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes believe they can win in overtime vs. Red Wings if needed. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Colorado leads 1-0)

• Colorado veteran John-Michael Liles turning into key player. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks coach Todd McLellan says series isn't a duel between himself and Joe Sacco. [ Denver Post ]

• A 2-0 Avalanche lead would almost certainly escalate the tensions. [ Denver Post ]

• Every series could be the last for Sharks star Patrick Marleau. [ Mercury News ]

• Sharks team looks like same old rerun instead of newness we were promised. [ Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Washington coach Bruce Boudreau not happy with Stars play against Montreal. [ Washington Times ]

• Capitals' Game 1 loss doesn't mark crisis, but is cause for concern. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals fans show their colors, flood city with red. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Buffalo leads 1-0)

• Bruins struggle to convert chances against Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek continues to stay hot late in the season. [ Buffalo News ]

• Buffalo's Andrej Sekera gets first chance to play in playoffs. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Despite loss, goalie Jonathan Quick gave Kings chance in overtime. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson not concerned about team's lack of experience. [ Vancouver Province ]

Terry Murray moves enforcer Raitis Ivanans up to the fourth line. [ Los Angeles Times ]

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