Tag:Tuukka Rask
Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:10 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

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No. 6 Boston Bruins 3, No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 2

Boston leads, 2-0

Milan Lucic scored to break a third-period tie with 2:57 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinals. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for Boston. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 4, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 2

Series tied, 1-1

Kris Versteeg scored go the go-ahead goal from the left circle with 1:30 left and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Monday night to even the Western Conference semifinals at 1-1 on Monday night. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:37 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.

Jaroslav Halak had one of the biggest task of all. The goalie not only got pulled from Game 3, then was forced to sit the bench for Game 4. But he came back the final three games against the Capitals and stopped 131 of 134 shots to lift the Canadiens to victory. "We're going to try, probably, a different approach on how to score goals than Washington did and, hopefully, have a little bit more success against a guy who's playing very well with a lot of confidence," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have their eye on Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens have little time to bask in first-round victory over No. 1 seed. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

As difficult as it might be for the Flyers, they have to focus on the series at hand. In the NHL, you can't get caught looking ahead, especially when you never know who will win the other series. Then eighth-seeded Canadiens won three games in a row and, just like that, the Flyers were booking hotel space in Boston instead of D.C. "When it was 3-1, obviously you think Washington is going to close it out," Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said Thursday. "It just goes to show you the parity in this league. Anything can happen on any night." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Danny Briere enjoying his time on and off the ice as playoffs continue. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is being asked alot during playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Get ready for the most intense series yet. The Blackhawks and Canucks publicly have expressed their mutual disdain. Draw a bulls-eye on the back of Ryan Kesler , who called Hawks forward Andrew Ladd a coward. Odd comment on the heels of Ladd getting the best of the Vancouver center in a middleweight bout. Hate. Then hate some more. Some of this intolerance is real. Some of it is manufactured. But either way, get ready for one amazing series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Adam Burish expects fun, physical series vs. Canucks. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' Henrik Sedin never imagined he'd have chance to win Hart. [ Vancouver Sun ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead series 1-0)

Joe Pavelski lived up to his nickname -- The Big Pavelski -- in Game 1 with two goals and assisting on another in the Sharks' Game 1 win over the Red Wings. But with all the plays he has made in the playoffs, it might be time for a new nickname. "He's hungry," Thornton said. "Right now he always seems to be on the puck." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov has rough night with all traffic in front of the net. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• In loss to Sharks, Red Wings' Dan Cleary scores first point of playoffs. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:40 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Semifinals

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

Through the conference quarterfinals , standings are as follows:

Standings (through Round 1)
Expert Win Loss Bonus Points
Brown 6 2 4 10
Goldstein 6 2 1 7
Hurcomb 3 5 1 4
Dodd 3 5 1 4
* A bonus point is awarded for picking a winner in the correct number of games played

And the picks for the conference semifinals:

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 6: The Pens won't take the Habs for granted like Caps did.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: It would be unfair to expect Jaroslav Halak to survive yet another offensive barrage.
  • Hurcomb: Pittsburgh in 6: Things are lining up nicely for Pens to make another Cup appearance.
  • Dodd: Pittsburgh in 5: The Penguins are out partying knowing they won't have to wake up until Game 4.

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

  • Goldstein: Boston in 6: Philly is too hurt up front, and B's are hitting stride.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: This will be one ugly series, and that will be an intangible in Philly's favor.
  • Hurcomb: Boston in 6: Tuukka Rask is playing years beyond his age and experience.
  • Dodd: Philadelphia in 6: The only just winner is Philly because Pittsburgh wants you, Flyers.

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: San Jose's still wearing its playoff monkey and it's name is Detroit.
  • Brown: San Jose in 7: With all respect to Detroit, you have to beat the best to be the best.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 7: The Red Wings will capitalize on San Jose's sloppy play.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 7: The Sharks tank. They will never, ever, ever get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 7: Canucks match up better this time, but 'Hawks will find a way.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: A tough round with Nashville has Chicago primed for this series.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 7: Roberto Luongo will not let Dustin Byfuglien get the best of him this time.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 6: So much animosity in this one, we may need a 911 call at the end of it.

Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:50 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 4, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Series tied, 3-3

Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves, and Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the first period for eighth-seeded Montreal, which stayed alive with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night and forced a Game 7 in the first-round series. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Boston Bruins 4, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Boston wins, 4-2

David Krejci had two goals and one assist, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on Monday night as Boston beat Buffalo 4-3 in Game 6 and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5, No. 7 Nashville Predators 3

Chicago wins, 4-2

Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal to cap a Wild first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 5-3 victory Monday night against Nashville and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the second successive year. Recap | Stats


Posted on: April 22, 2010 2:40 am

Three Stars: April 21

By Erin Brown

First Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin scored with 2:52 left in the game to give Vancouver the lead for good in its 6-4 win over Los Angeles. Sedin also registered an assist.

Second Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin led the Capitals with two goals and an assist for his second multiple-point effort in three games.

Third Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom tallied a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating in Washington's 6-4 win over Montreal.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Drew Stafford, Buffalo Sabres

Stafford jumped on the ice a little to early for a shift during overtime, leading to a too many men on the ice penalty for the Sabres. Boston's Miroslav Satan scored the game-winner the ensuing power play to give Boston a 3-2 victory.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:11 am

Rask picks up rare overtime assist

By Erin Brown

Other than scoring a goal, Tuukka Rask couldn't have done much more in the Boston Bruins' 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night.

Rask, who made 35 saves in Game 4, also picked up an assist on Miroslav Satan 's game-winner in double overtime. It was the first overtime assist for a netminder since May 22, 2002.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek was the last to accomplish the feat when he picked up a helper on Fredrik Olausson 's overtime goal in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 11:48 pm

Rask, Miller fill Game 4 highlight reel

By Erin Brown

The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres skated to the first double overtime game of the playoffs Wednesday night. Goalies Tuukka Rask and Ryan Miller provided the material for highlight reels.

Rask and Miller combined for 71 saves in Boston's 3-2 victory. We've singled out our top three stops of the night:

No. 3: Miller's pad save on Mark Recchi 13:04 into the second period:


No. 2: Miller sticks out his glove to deny Miroslav Satan 16:13 into overtime:


And the No. 1 highlight: Rask dives across the crease to stop Mike Grier 8:57 into the third period:

Posted on: April 20, 2010 1:33 am

Three Stars: April 19

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Doughty scored his first career playoff goal and recorded three assists. His four points tied a Kings team record for most points by a defenseman in a playoff game, set by Paul Coffey in 1992.

Second Star: ★ ★ Michal Handzus, Los Angeles Kings

Handzus scored two power play goals a little more than eight minutes apart in the second period, and also registered an assist in Los Angeles' 5-3 win over Vancouver.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

The regular season goals-against average and save percentage leader, Rask closed out Patriots Day in Boston with a 32-save effort, including 12 in the final period.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

For as good as he was in Montreal's Game 1 win, he's been equally as bad over the last two games. Monday night, Halak allowed three goals on six second period shots and was given the hook.

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