Tag:Series Recap
Posted on: April 28, 2010 10:08 pm

Series Recap: Montreal 4, Washington 3

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Series MVP: Jaroslav Halak, G, Montreal Canadiens

Everything noteworthy about Halak's performance in this series came after a rocky Game 4 appearance in which he allowed three goals on 13 shots and was subsequently pulled. He rebounded in brilliant fashion, stopping 131 of 134 shots over the next three games, holding the NHL's top regular season offense to just one goal in each contest. In Game 6, alone, he stopped 53 shots, setting an NHL record for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination and a new Canadoens record for most saves in a regulation playoff game.

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Wes Goldstein: Washington in 5: The Caps have too much firepower for a team that backed into the playoffs.
Erin Brown: Washington in 4: Put aside the Caps' offense; Jose Theodore will be out to get his former team.
Mike Hurcomb: Washington in 5: Jaroslav Halak will make it interesting, but Caps' offense will be too much.
Dennis Dodd: Washington in 4: The Caps have so much firepower that it will be a huge surprise if they don't sweep.


No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 15 at Washington MON, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 17 at Washington WAS, 6-5 (OT) Recap
Apr. 19 at Montreal WAS, 5-1 Recap
Apr. 21 at Montreal WAS, 6-3 Recap
Apr. 23 at Washington MON, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 26 at Montreal MON, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 28 at Washington MON, 2-1 Recap
Montreal wins, 4-3

Posted on: April 28, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:57 pm

Series Recap: Detroit 4, Phoenix 3

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Series MVP: Henrik Zetterberg, LW, Detroit Red Wings

Zetterberg may not have had the best regular season by his own standards, but he's making up for it this postseason. The winger recorded a team-leading six goals and 11 points in Detroit's Conference Quarterfinals win over the Phoenix Coyotes. He registered four multiple-point games, including a hat trick in Game 2 and a three-assist effort in Game 7. Zetterberg also led Detroit with two game-winning goals, notched in Games 2 and 4.

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Wes Goldstein: Detroit in 6: Look for the clock to strike midnight on the Coyotes great Cinderella story.
Erin Brown: Detroit in 6: The playoff-tested Wings know intangibles could kill if this one gets to Game 7.
Mike Hurcomb: Detroit in 5: Red Wings' postseason experience will overwhelm surprising Coyotes.
Dennis Dodd: Detroit in 6: The Red Wings won't get there unless Jimmy Howard comes up big in goal.


No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at Phoenix PHO, 3-2 Recap
Apr. 16 at Phoenix DET, 7-4 Recap
Apr. 18 at Detroit PHO, 4-2 Recap
Apr. 20 at Detroit DET, 3-0 Recap
Apr. 23 at Phoenix DET, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 25 at Detroit PHO, 5-2 Recap
Apr. 27 at Phoenix DET, 6-1 Recap
Detroit wins, 4-3

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:16 am
Edited on: April 27, 2010 12:27 am

Series Recap: Chicago 4, Nashville 2

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Series MVP: Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews did it all for Chicago, which is now undefeated in 10 straight series when leading 3-2. The Blackhawks captain led his team with eight points (two goals, six assists). Toews notched the game-winner in Game 6, a tap-in at the side of the net with 31 seconds left in the first period. Away from the net, he led Hawks centers in the faceoff circle, winning 59.3 of his draws. He was also instrumental on Chicago's penalty killing unit, which held the Predators to just one power play goal in 26 opportunities, logging an average of three minutes per game.


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On Target

Wes Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
Erin Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
Dennis Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.


No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 16 at Chicago NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 18 at Chicago CHI, 2-0 Recap
Apr. 20 at Nashville NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at Nashville CHI, 3-0 Recap
Apr. 24 at Chicago CHI, 5-4 (OT) Recap
Apr. 26 at Nashville CHI, 5-3 Recap
Chicago wins series, 4-2

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).

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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 26, 2010 12:51 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 12:56 am

Series Recap: Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 2

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Series MVP: Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Vancouver Canucks

Samuelsson, who was never more than a third-liner as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, played like a superstar for the Canucks in this series. He began the series with goals in five straight games and currently leads playoff goal scorers with seven. His 11 points are second only to Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby . Even when held scoreless in Game 6, Samuelsson managed to notch a pair of assists.


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On Target

Wes Goldstein: Vancouver in 5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
Erin Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
Mike Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.

Off the Mark

Dennis Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.


No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 15 at Vancouver VAN, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 17 at Vancouver LA, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 19 at Los Angeles LA, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 21 at Los Angeles VAN, 6-4 Recap
Apr. 23 at Vancouver VAN, 7-2 Recap
Apr. 25 at Los Angeles VAN, 4-2 Recap
Vancouver wins series, 4-2

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

Series Recap: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 2

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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.

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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 22, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:28 pm

Series Recap: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1

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Series MVP: Brian Boucher, G, Philadelphia Flyers

At no point during the regular season did the Flyers consider Boucher their No. 1 netminder. That is likely to change after his superb effort Philadelphia's defeat of the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In five games, Boucher posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average. Aside from a 5-3 loss in Game 2, in which he allowed four goals, Boucher held the Devils to two or fewer goals. And in Game 5, when the Flyers were without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne , the netminder stepped up his game with a 28-save shutout.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
Erin Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
Dennis Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.


No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at New Jersey PHI, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at New Jersey NJ, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia PHI, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia PHI, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at New Jersey PHI, 3-0 Recap
Philadelphia wins series, 4-1

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