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Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:35 am
 

Series Recap: San Jose 4, Colorado 2

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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
Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:18 am
 

Nabokov an unsung hero in San Jose's series win

By Erin Brown

Chances are, when the 2010 Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche is looked back upon, Evgeni Nabokov 's goaltending may be a footnote.

Despite all the other storylines that emerged -- top-seeded San Jose falling behind 2-1, Dan Boyle 's own goal and the unbelievable effort of Colorado's Craig Anderson in the first four games -- Nabokov's solid play is likely to be forgotten in years to come.

"Nabby had a great series," Boyle said. "He was off one night, maybe one period, but we played well that night for him, and he saved us."

Even with a night in which he allowed five goals, Nabokov finished this series with a 1.76 goals-against average, good for second best among playoff goaltenders. Remove that Game 2 -- a game in which he won, 6-5 -- from his stats, and Nabokov's goals-against average drops to 1.16.

After Game 2, Nabokov was close to flawless. He held the Avalanche to a goal or less in three of the next four games. He may have finished with two shutouts in the series had it not been for Boyle's own goal in Game 3.

"He got stronger as the series went on, which was good for the team," Joe Pavelski said. "When he struggled a bit, we were able to find some goals. We had his back, and he had our back throughout the series."

It remains to be seen whether Nabokov and the Sharks can keep up that agreement.

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 12:57 am
 

Avs pull Anderson

By Erin Brown

The San Jose Sharks have solved Craig Anderson . In doing so, they have chased him from the net.

The Colorado Avalanche pulled Anderson with 9:23 left in the third period. The starter allowed four goals on 33 shots. He was replaced by Peter Budaj , who allowed a goal a little less than three minutes later.

Anderson came into Thursday's Game 5 leading postseason goaltenders with a .948 save percentage. His 2.11 goals-against average ranked fifth.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:38 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. (Flyers lead 3-1)

• Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello says results vs. Flyers are unacceptable. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• It's win or die time for the Devils against Flyers in elimination game. [ New York Post ]

• Aggressive Flyers must block out injury woes for Game 5. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-1)

• Penguins victory in Game 5 would set up much needed rest. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins' Bill Guerin holding up his end of the bargain. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators goalie Brian Elliott wants a shot at redemption. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Avalanche need more offensive chances against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

• Avs hopes riding high despite injuries to Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller . [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Joe Pavelski making name with clutch goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m. (Predators lead 2-1)

• Blackhawks' Stars looking at themselves for lack of offense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' line changes coming to hopefully give team a spark. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators defense and goaltending keeping Blackhawks out of the net. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Russian duo Semyon Varlamov and Alex Ovechkin lift Caps. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals get into Montreal goalie's head, forcing Carey Price to fold late. [ Washington Post ]

• Montreal's Hal Gill says game is decided by inches. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Boston's Miroslav Satan finds spot past Ryan Miller in victory. [ Boston Globe ]

• Game 4 provides thrills worth a double take. [ Boston Globe ]

• Down 3-1, Sabres now have no room for error. [ Buffalo News ]

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

Henrik Sedin provides Canucks with a Hollywood ending. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Gary Bettman dismisses complaints about disallowed Canucks goal. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• A look inside the lives of Kings' fans in the Die-Hard section. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Hot goalie Jimmy Howard gives the Red Wings a boost. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings' penalty kill improves after Game 1 fiasco. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes and fans need perspective, but not overhaul. [ Arizona Republic ]


 
 
 
 
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