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

Series Recap: Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: Vancouver-Los Angeles

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 26, 2010 12:18 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 12:28 am
 

Canucks ready to roll into next round

By Erin Brown

Alex Burrows scored his first goal in 11 games Sunday night, and to celebrate, he mimicked the act of shooting an arrow into the air.

Although the gesture was for his departed teammate and friend, Luc Bourdon, the motion could have easily sent another message: the Vancouver Canucks are back on target.

After an average start to a series against a youthful Los Angeles Kings team, the Canucks found their game, especially in the third period of the last three contests. Vancouver outscored Los Angeles 11-3 in the final 20 minutes of Games 4 through 6.

"We're resilient. We don't give up," Roberto Luongo said. "A couple times we had to come back in the third period in this series and we did it a bunch of times in the regular season. There's no quit in us."

Going forward, Vancouver's opponents will have to face a squad that appears to have worked out most of its kinks.

Luongo, while not among the league leaders in goals-against average or save percentage, has limited opponents to two goals in each of his last two games. Daniel Sedin snapped a 10-game slide of not scoring in a game where the Canucks had the ability to clinch a series. And then there's Burrows, Vancouver's leading goal-scorer during the regular season, who is back on the scoresheet.

"Even though it is an empty-netter, this time of year it doesn't really matter," Burrows said. "It's about the team and winning every game. We're really happy to get it done."

The only weakness Vancouver needs to tackle before the Conference Semifinals is their penalty killing, which is dead last this postseason. The Canucks have successfully killed off just 61.5 percent of its infractions.

"PK has been a problem for us," Sedin said. "We picked it up the last two games, but this series would have been over a lot sooner if our PK had been better. I think that's one thing we can key in on."


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 24, 2010 8:35 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 3 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

Jordin Tootoo misses practice after receiving 45 stitches in face. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators face desperation for Game 5 ... and that's a good thing. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks looking to take control in see-saw series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.(Penguins lead 3-2)

• Overtime games are hard to forget for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators willing to do whatver it takes, including sacrificing bodies. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

Pascal Leclaire recalls Game 5, the most exiciting game he's played. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 10 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-2)

• Finally seeing results, Sharks look to continue attacking. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene taking the hits. [ Denver Post ]

Peter Mueller very doubtful for Avalanche in Game 6. [ Denver Post ]

Off-Day Teams

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

Jacques Martin's juggling lineup pays off for Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Jaroslav Halak is the difference as Canadiens take Game 5. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals haven't learned how to make it easy on themselves. [ Washington Post ]

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

• With Sabres still alive, fans and city still believe. [ Buffalo News ]

• Boston defensive stalwart Zdeno Chara faces suspension. [ Buffalo News ]

• Line changes put a jump into Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Canucks get swagger back, play best game of series to take 3-2 lead. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks finally played to their potential. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Crushing blow to Kings, puts season on the brink of elimination. [ Los Angeles Times ]

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

• Late scoring pushes Red Wings to victory past Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Tomas Holmstrom's goal is the dagger the Red Wings needed in Game 5. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes' Mathieu Schneider sees first action in series. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 1:45 am
 

Three Stars: April 23

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak stopped 37 shots, including 12 in the final period to preserve Montreal's 2-1 win over Washington and force Game 6.


Second Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Although he had more help from his team in Game 5, Miller put up another stellar performance, stopping 35 shots in Buffalo's 4-1 win over Boston. His shutout bid fell short when Johnny Boychuk scored with 2:30 left in the game.


Third Star: Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

Samuelsson continued his tear Friday night with two goals and an assist in Vancouver's 7-2 win over Los Angeles. The Swede has at least one goal in five straight games and now leads all postseason goal scorers with seven.


Honorable Mentions


Goats of the night: Jonathan Quick & Erik Ersberg, Los Angeles Kings

It is bad enough when a team's goaltender gets pulled, but two? After Quick got yanked for giving up four goals on 21 shots, the same happened to Ersberg, who allowed two on four. Quick was thrown back into the game and gave up his fifth of the night.



Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:29 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Friday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 2, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Washington leads, 3-2

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of Montreal's first five shots, and the eighth-seeded Canadiens beat Alex Ovechkin 's Capitals 2-1 to extend their Eastern Conference matchup. Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 4, No. 6 Boston Bruins 1

Boston leads, 3-2

Buffalo built a three-goal lead on tallies by Adam Mair , Jason Pominville , and Mike Grier in the first 30 minutes and rebounded from a devastating loss, beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Friday to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 4, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1

Detroit leads, 3-2

Jimmy Howard turned in another outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.  Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 7, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 3-2

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 on Friday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series.  Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 24, 2010 12:39 am
 

Goaltending gone bad

By Erin Brown

The Vancouver Canucks may not be able to stop the Los Angeles Kings' power play, but they're outstanding when it comes to chasing  netminders.

The Kings pulled goaltender Jonathan Quick 13:31 into the second period after he allowed his fourth goal on 21 shots. Erik Ersberg took over in net and did not face a shot for the rest of the period.

In the third, however, Ersberg allowed two goals on four shots. Coach Terry Murray brought him back to the bench and returned Quick to the net.

A little more than three minutes after getting back on the ice, Quick surrendered another goal.

Posted on: April 23, 2010 8:56 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 3-1)

• Capitals using deep roster to take lead on Canadiens. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens trying to take loose approach for elimination game. [ Montreal Gazette ]

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

• Bruins remembering the past, so they don't repeat it. [ Boston Herald ]

Marc Savard's progress continues, but not ready to suit up. [ Boston Globe ]

Sabres doing their best to keep hope alive for Game 5. [ Buffalo News ]

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

• Canucks' Mikael Samuelsson and Sedin twins making beautiful music. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks don't practice Thursday, spend day with reporters. [ Vancouver Province ]

• After losing Game 4, Kings look for another chance to pull ahead. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

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

• Coyotes defensemen Sami Lepisto enjoying playoff experience. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Game 5 the turning point for Red Wings, Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 5 Ottawa Senators vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins (Penguins lead 3-2)

Matt Carkner and Pascal Leclaire save Ottawa's season. [ Ottawa Sun ]

Sidney Crosby says the Penguins defense plays with a lot of guts. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins forced to sweat out video reviews. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead 3-2)

Logan Couture enjoying coming-out party during playoffs. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks' impressive victory leaving fluke goal in the past. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs offense an empty tank in Game 5 against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

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

• Desperate Blackhawks grind out victory to tie series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Brian Campbell finally back in action. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators forward Jordin Tootoo suffers injury after getting hit with puck in face. [ The Tennessean ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 2 New Jersey Devils (Flyers won 4-1)

• Flyers goalie Brian Boucher puts past performance behind him. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Patrik Elias, rest of Devils stunned after being eliminated. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

 
 
 
 
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