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Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:32 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. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Anybody who thinks they have a handle on the Hawks-Canucks series doesn't. Anybody predicting the outcome is guessing. Never has a 3-2 lead felt like a series that's all tied up. The home team has won once in five games. The Canucks had a chance to bury the Hawks in Game 2 and failed. They had a chance to seize control in Game 3 and failed. The Hawks had a chance to clinch at home and failed. In four of the five games, the team that outhit the other lost. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Roberto Luongo faced three elimination matches in the Olympics and won them all, culminating in a gold medal for Canada. So here he is again. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks' Sami Salo not limping despite groin pain, status 'day-to-day' for Game 6. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 3-3)

• The Canadiens parlayed two goals by Michael Cammalleri, a timely return by defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to tie up the series and force a winner-take-all Game 7. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• In a Game 7, bet on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to win it. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-2)

• The Flyers seem to have found the formula for success. The higher the body count, the better they play. This time, they lost goalie Brian Boucher, and their young offensive star Claude Giroux, but still won Game 6 with a 4-0 victory. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Even though Bruins lead series, it feels like they are playing from behind. [ Boston Globe ]

Posted on: May 8, 2010 7:57 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

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 2, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 11:30 pm
 

"Little Joe" comes up with another big game

By Erin Brown

On a night where the San Jose Sharks' top line got clicking once again, Joe Pavelski still found a way to steal the spotlight.

Pavelski scored twice -- including the tying goal 4:40 into the third period -- and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night.

The effort marked Pavelski's third multi-goal consecutive game of the postseason. The feat was last achieved by Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in 1992. Pavelski now leads postseason goal scorers with nine, and ranks second only to the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in points with 14.

"He's such a complete player," San Jose's Joe Thornton said. "He plays hard at both ends of the rink. He competes every night. He's just in a zone, and when you get in a zone, you just have so much confidence and you feel like you can do anything."

In Game 2, the 5-foot-11 center known as "Little Joe" pretty much did everything. Pavelski led the Sharks with 11 shots and dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of 16 draws.

San Jose's first line of Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley , meanwhile, combined for a goal and five assists.


Posted on: May 2, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Habs get back to basics in Game 2 win

By Erin Brown

The defense that was largely absent during the Montreal Canadiens' conference semifinal opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins is back.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 38 shots, and his teammates blocked 15 more in the Habs' 3-1 win over the Penguins Sunday afternoon.

Even more impressive is the fact the Canadiens shut down NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby . A 51-goal scorer during the regular season, Crosby was held to just one shot on net and finished with a team-worst minus-2 rating.

The Penguins captain showed his frustration late in the game after being rubbed off the puck by Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . Crosby turned around and swung his stick at one of the Montreal goal posts, breaking it in two.

"He's the best player in the world, everybody knows that," Montreal's rookie defenseman P.K. Subban said. "When I am out there against him, I just try to pay attention to where he's at. I've got a lot of respect for him, and so does everyone else in the hockey world.

In addition to keeping one of the league's best in check, the Canadiens got discipline and penalty killing back on track. Montreal did a good job avoiding the penalty box -- they were whistled just three times -- and when they were shorthanded, killed off each penalty.

Posted on: April 30, 2010 11:05 pm
 

Three Stars: April 30

By Erin Brown

First Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby fought off two Canadiens to set up Kris Letang's eventual game-winner. In the second period, "The Kid" took a stick to the face, got stitched up and came back to set up another goal.


Second Star: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

Letang's blast from the high slot gave Pittsburgh its third power play goal of the game, and its eventual game-winner.


Third Star: Scott Gomez, Montreal Canadiens

Gomez registered two assists in Montreal's loss and led the Canadiens with seven shots on net.


Honorable Mentions


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.

 

Expert Picks

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.

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.

 
 
 
 
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