Tag:Tomas Plekanec
Posted on: May 7, 2010 9:34 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-0)

• Facing the disgrace of a series sweep on their home ice, it would be surprising if the Flyers didn't find a way to win at least one game. The sweep-avoiding win seems like a fairly common phenomenon. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Simon Gagne practices for Flyers, might play Game 4. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• With David Krejci hurt, Bruins have a hole at the center position. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 2-1)

• As the heroes seemingly change every night for the Blackhawks during the playoffs, goalie Antti Niemi has emerged as the indispensable constant. Not bad for an inexperienced goalie who has been thrust into playoff spotlight. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Several Blackhawks have fond memories of Vancouver Olympics. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Changes coming to Canucks roster as team is looking for a win. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Red Wings respond to challenge by scoring ... and scoring ... and scoring. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' Ryane Clowe says easy to forget loss with series lead. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' lack of focus brings memories of 2006 when they lost to Edmonton. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins' Stars, who didn't play like much, are the ones to blame. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Tomas Plekanec says its time for the Canadiens to use fan advantage. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:54 am

Three Stars: April 27

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

With his 53-save effort, Halak forced a Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. The netminder also set NHL records for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination and a new team record for most saves in a regulation playoff game.

Second Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri finished with two goals and an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Washington. The winger could have registered a hat trick with an empty-net goal at the end of the game, but in an unselfish act, dished off to teammate Tomas Plekanec instead.

Third Star: Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Niemi stopped 19 shots over the final two periods to preserve a series-clinching, 4-3 victory.

Honorable Mentions

  • David Krejci , Boston Bruins: two goals, one assist
  • Jonathan Toews , Chicago Blackhawks: one goal, two assists
  • Tomas Plekanec , Montreal Canadiens: one goal, one assist

Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:50 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 1:52 am

Three Stars: April 15

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo lost its composure during a massive scrum late in the first period, and Miller made sure the fisticuffs didn't impact the final score. The Sabres goalie stopped 38 shots Thursday night -- 23 in the second period alone.

Second Star: ★ ★ Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens regular season scoring leader came through in the clutch, scoring from the high slot to give the eighth-seeded Canadiens a 3-2 overtime win.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

A Cup winner with Detroit, Samuelsson knows what it takes to win in the postseason, and showed his Canucks teammates Thursday night. The Swede contributed a tying goal in the second period and the game-winner in overtime.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Andrew Alberts, Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver penalty killing hasn't been great this season, and Alberts left his teammates shorthanded for a chunk of Game 1. The Kings scored on the power play resulting from his interference call. They tied the game on a 5-minute power play after Alberts was ejected for boarding.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:17 am

Wraparound: A recap of Thursday's games

A roundup of the night's action:

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

Buffalo leads series, 1-0

Ryan Miller was remarkable in making 38 saves -- including 23 in the second period -- in the Sabres' 2-1 playoff-opening victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Recap | Stats

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3, No. 1 Washington Capitals 2 (OT)

Montreal leads series, 1-0

On a night in which the two-time reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin was neutralized, Tomas Plekanec was the perfect spoil sport for the Montreal Canadiens, scoring 13:19 into overtime as the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals 3-2. Recap | Stats

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 3, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2 (OT)

Vancouver leads series, 1-0

Mikael Samuelsson scored his second goal 8:52 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:56 pm

Preview: No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Capitals will win if: They just show up. No, really. Washington is that much better than the Canadiens on paper and the Caps know it. But they were in a very similar situation last spring against the Rangers and ended up on the brink of first-round elimination before storming back to win three straight games. Chances are things will be different this year. Washington, particularly captain Alex Ovechkin , seems to be on a mission this season, and all that fire power will just be too much for the Canadiens to handle. There are still some questions about Washington's ability to defend. But the Caps are bigger and stronger than Montreal, and at least at this point in the playoffs, what happens in their own end shouldn't be much of detriment to them.

The Canadiens will win if: The hockey gods decide to play a cruel trick on anyone who has watched their opponents play this year. Montreal essentially backed into the postseason and lost its final game to put an exclamation point on the effort. The Canadiens were generally not much better this season than a couple of teams that didn't make the Eastern Conference cut, although they are not devoid of talent. Mike Cammalleri , Brian Gionta , Scott Gomez and Tomas Plekanec provide a fair amount of offense up front and Andrei Markov quarterbacks one of the NHL's best power plays. Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak has enjoyed a breakout season in goal and has shown the ability to steal a win for the Canadiens. But not four.

Regular Season Recap

Washington: 54-15-13, 121 points (1st, Southeast Division)

Montreal: 39-33-10, 88 points (4th, Northeast Division)


Date Location Time
Apr. 15 at Washington 7 p.m.
Apr. 17 at Washington 7 p.m.
Apr. 19 at Montreal 7 p.m.
Apr. 21 at Montreal 7 p.m.
Apr. 23 at Washington * 7 p.m.
Apr. 26 at Montreal * 7 p.m.
Apr. 28 at Washington * TBD
* if necessary


Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Nov. 20 Montreal 3, Washington 2 Recap
Nov. 28 Washington 4, Montreal 3 (SO) Recap
Jan. 5 Washington 4, Montreal 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Montreal 6, Washington 5 (OT) Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic WAS MON
Goals For (Avg.) 3.82 2.56
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.77 2.66
Power Play 25.2% 21.8%
Penalty Kill 78.8% 83.0%

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