Posted on: April 28, 2010 10:08 pm

Series Recap: Montreal 4, Washington 3

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Series MVP: Jaroslav Halak, G, Montreal Canadiens

Everything noteworthy about Halak's performance in this series came after a rocky Game 4 appearance in which he allowed three goals on 13 shots and was subsequently pulled. He rebounded in brilliant fashion, stopping 131 of 134 shots over the next three games, holding the NHL's top regular season offense to just one goal in each contest. In Game 6, alone, he stopped 53 shots, setting an NHL record for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination and a new Canadoens record for most saves in a regulation playoff game.

Expert Picks

Off the Mark

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


No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Montreal
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 15 at Washington MON, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 17 at Washington WAS, 6-5 (OT) Recap
Apr. 19 at Montreal WAS, 5-1 Recap
Apr. 21 at Montreal WAS, 6-3 Recap
Apr. 23 at Washington MON, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 26 at Montreal MON, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 28 at Washington MON, 2-1 Recap
Montreal wins, 4-3

Posted on: April 28, 2010 10:28 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

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Tonight's Game

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

• Capitals press their playoff luck again with another Game 7. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals prepare for do or die game without defensemen Tom Poti. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens hope to limit Capitals' shots on goal. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

Red Wings' Stars deliver, advance to the second round to face the Sharks. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Suspect calls were not the reason the Coyotes lost series to Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 27, 2010 10:37 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. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 9 p.m. (Series tied 3-3)

• Coyotes' Taylor Pyatt enjoying playoff distraction from tragedy. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes one win away from making a little team history by reaching second round. [ Arizona Republic ]

Shane Doan could make an emotional return for Coyotes in Game 7. [ Arizona Republic ]

• It's now or never for the Red Wings Stars to come through. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Aging Red Wings ready to push themselves to the limit in Game 7. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard: 'It's going to be exciting'. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 3-3)

• Canadiens' Jaroslav Halak puts Capitals in a familiar position. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens' hope to advance to the next round is all on Halak. [ 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 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 27, 2010 12:29 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Alex Ovechkin falls on the ice after taking a shot in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 10:18 pm

Game 7 history an ugly one for Caps

By Erin Brown

In his three years as Washington Capitals coach, there is one thing Bruce Boudreau has not figured out: how to get his squad to close out a playoff series before Game 7.

Washington will face a Game 7 for the fourth time in as many playoff series on Wednesday. The Capitals are 1-2 in that span. Overall, Washington is 2-6 all-time in Game 7s, with both wins coming on home ice.

However, when the Capitals have entered Game 6 with a 3-2 lead and lost, they have never gone on to win Game 7. This has occurrred three times in Capitals history -- once against the New York Islanders in 1987, and twice against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in 1992 and 1995.

Unlucky No. 7?
Date Series Opponent Score
April 28, 2010 Conf. Quarterfinal Montreal ?
May 13 2009 Conf. Semifinal Pittsburgh L, 6-2
April 28, 2009 Conf. Quarterfinal N.Y. Rangers W, 2-1
April 22, 2008 Conf. Quarterfinal Philadelphia L, 3-2 (OT)

Posted on: April 26, 2010 9:50 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 9:59 pm

Halak forces Game 7 with record night

By Erin Brown

Although he has yet to cement his place in Montreal Canadiens history, Jaroslav Halak is off to a good start by rewriting the team's record book.

Halak set a new franchise record Monday night for most saves in a regulation playoff game with 53, breaking Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden's mark of 49, a record set in 1971.

The effort also set a new NHL record for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination.

Until Washington's Eric Fehr scored with 4:50 to play, Halak was on pace to slaughter another record. Had the goalie been able to hang on to the shutout, Halak would have snagged the mark for most saves without allowing a goal in a Canadiens playoff game. Thanks to Fehr, that record remains with Dryden, who recorded a 37-save shutout of the Vancouver Canucks in 1975.

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