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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 25, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2010 12:25 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 2 p.m. (Red Wings lead 3-2)

• Coyotes' Shane Doan to be another game-time decision. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes ready to face their toughest challenge of the season. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' grinders playing just fine in first-round series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Playoff pendulum has swung in Vancouver's direction. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Killer instinct key for Canucks in Game 6. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Kings to stick with starting goalie Jonathan Quick. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau still considering lineup changes. [ Washington Post ]

• If Capitals can finish off Canadiens, maybe they aren't ready for Stanely Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens' juggling lineup paying off so far. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins' Zdeno Chara gets the green light for Game 6. [ Buffalo News ]

• Sabres' Thomas Vanek skating on fifth line, but return looks doubtful. [ Buffalo News ]

• Slow-starting Bruins looking for that early spark. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks' Marian Hossa goes from goat to hero. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Martin Erat's errors offset two-goal game for Predators. [ The Tennessean ]

Barry Melrose believes Hossa should be suspended. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:29 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 2-1)

• Canadiens' Carey Price ready to start in net for Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a star in the making. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals spend off day working on struggling power play. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-1)

Dennis Wideman and Mike Grier working well together for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek not likely to play in Game 4. [ Buffalo News ]

Lindy Ruff lets Sabres know to finish and not forget anything. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Kings lead 2-1)

• Canucks' Roberto Luongo says he's fine despite struggles. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Alain Vigneault believes Canucks are ready for this moment. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings enjoying series lead, heading into Game 4 at home. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 3-1)

• After winning Game 4, Penguins create some space between elimination. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Injury-plagued Chris Kunitz contributing in playoffs. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators clearly weren't happy with the referees. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 3-1)

• In the duel of goalies, Brian Boucher is outplaying Martin Brodeur. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Peter Laviolette, Flyers on verge of steamrolling the Devils in first round. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils offensive struggles continue against Flyers. [ New York Post ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Series tied 2-2)

• Sharks get redemption in Game 4, but still not scoring enough goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton remain upbeat. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Another draining overtime game, this time won by the Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

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

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard rebounds with a shutout. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Without Shane Doan, it was the Red Wings who were the aggressor. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes get a break, but it doesn't help in Game 4. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Predators lead 2-1)

Shea Weber leads tough Predators defense in Game 3. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Jonathan Toews gets surprise, wasn't named finalists for the Selke Trophy. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist remains out of Predators lineup. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:27 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Capitals need to go back to Jose Theodore for Game 3. [ Washington Post ]

Jaroslav Halak shies away from war of words with Capitals [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens arleady exceeding expectations against one of league's best. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

Sabres look to reload without leading-scorer Thomas Vanek. [ Buffalo News ]

Steve Montador says Buffalo is ready to take on Bruins in Boston. [ Buffalo News ]

Steve Begin and Vladimir Sobotka provide Boston with grit. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Goalie Jonathan Quick's first playoff victory was historic for Kings. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson goes from playoff newcomer to impact player. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Canucks hope to change their anemic road record from regular season. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 2-1)

• Despite penalties, Flyers were the ones smiling at the end of Game 3. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils getting close to joining Rangers on sideline. [ New York Post ]

• Devils rookie Mark Fraser does his best to shake off nerves. [ New York Post ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 2-1)

• Penguins can't help but remember 2007 trip to playoffs vs. Senators. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Evgeni Malkin and Max Talbot working well together. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins Stars too much for Senators to handle in Game 3. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Avalanche lead 2-1)

• San Jose's 'Wrong Way Boyle' gives Avs victory in Game 3. [ Denver Post ]

• Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson truly was awesome. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Dany Heatley scratched with undisclosed injury. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Series tied 1-1)

• Predators miss Patric Hornqvist net crashing against Blackhawks. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks get the message from coach Joe Quenneville. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Dave Bolland gives Blackhawks what they're looking for -- production. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Coyotes lead 2-1)

• Coyotes show grit, toughness without Shane Doan and Vernon Fiddler. [ Arizona Republic ]

Mike Babcock, Red Wings sticking with Jimmy Howard in goal. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes Czech Line comes up big with two key goals in third period. [ Detroit Free Press ]

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 2:32 pm
 

Vanek leaves with injury

By Erin Brown

The Buffalo Sabres will be without Thomas Vanek for the remainder of Game 2.

Vanek, the Sabres' leading goal scorer during the regular season, injured his foot during the first period of Saturday's game. Vanek was hooked from behind by Boston's Johnny Boychuk and crashed into the end boards.

Vanek was able to get up under his own power, but favored his left foot as he struggled to get back to the Buffalo bench.

During the second period Sabres officials announced Vanek will not return.

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 ]

Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Expert Picks: Conference Quarterfinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the first 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).

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

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

No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

  • Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.
  • Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
  • Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston

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

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Ottawa

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 7: In cruise control all season, Pens look ready to press the pedal to the metal.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: The Penguins are Red Wings-lite: their Cup-winning experience will carry them.
  • Hurcomb: Ottawa in 6: The Senators' balance helps them pull first-round upset.
  • Dodd: Ottawa in 6: Marc-Andre Fleury is not the same as he was the past two seasons.

No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

  • Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
  • Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Dany Heatley , Joe Thornton will find his playoff game.
  • Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
  • Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.

No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
  • Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles

  • Goldstein: Vancouver in  5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
  • Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.
  • Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.

No. 4 Phoenix vs. No. 5 Detroit

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




 
 
 
 
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