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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 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 18, 2010 2:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 2:03 am
 

Three Stars: April 17

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom posted a four-point night, including a hat trick. Backstrom's first sparked Washington's rally to overcome a 4-1 deficit, his second squared it at four apiece and his third was the overtime game-winner.


Second Star: ★ ★ Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

It isn't often a three-goal night goes to waste, but that's exactly what the Canadiens' did with Kostitsyn's effort. The first of his playoff career, Kostitsyn's hat trick was the first by a Canadiens player since 1993.


Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar's two points came at crucial times for the Kings, who knotted their series with the Vancouver Canucks. Kopitar set up teammate Wayne Simmonds on a 3-on-1 to the tie game at two apiece, then scored his first career playoff goal in overtime.


Honorable Mentions


Goat of the night: Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals

For the second straight year, Theodore entered as Washington's No. 1 goaltender and failed to get through the second game. He allowed goals on the first two Canadiens shots and was pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov. Theodore becomes the first goalie since Ed Belfour in 1990 to allow two goals on two shots in a playoff game.



Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:39 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

No. 6 Boston Bruins 5, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Series tied, 1-1

In cracking the Buffalo Sabres' third-period lockdown, Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara scored two minutes apart and led the Bruins to a 5-3 comeback victory on Saturday that tied the first-round, Eastern Conference playoff series at 1. Recap | Stats

 

No. 1 Washington Capitals 6, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Nicklas Backstrom completed a hat trick by scoring only 31 seconds into overtime, helping the top-seeded Capitals finish a Wild comeback to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 Saturday night and even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

 

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

Series tied, 1-1

Anze Kopitar scored on a power play 7:28 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday, tying the Western Conference series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 17, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Chara stands tall in Boston's Game 2 win

By Erin Brown

With his team facing a two-game deficit, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara shouldered the responsibility of breaking a trend.

Chara recorded two goals in Boston's 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday to even the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.

"Every time you have a chance to join the rush and support attack, you have to do that," Chara said. "We were behind, so the d-men joined the rushes."

The effort resulted in the first two-goal game of Chara's postseason career. It also ended a streak for the Sabres, who had not suffered a lost in their last 31 games when taking a lead into the final period.

The league's tallest player at 6-foot-9, Chara fired the go-ahead goal past Buffalo's Ryan Miller with a little more than 12 minutes to play in the game.

His first came midway through the second period, which completed Boston's rally from a 2-0 deficit.

"Everybody really played hard," Chara said. "We were behind in the first two periods, and we had to find a way to tie the game and get ahead."

Chara finished with a team-best plus-2 rating, and 26:50 in ice time.


Posted on: April 15, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Miller, defense come through for Sabres

By Erin Brown

If the Buffalo Sabres can take a lead into the third period of every game this postseason, they could cruise to a Stanley Cup victory.

The Sabres captured a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins Thursday night, improving to 31-0-0 in games this season where they lead after two periods.

Buffalo was the only team to go undefeated during the regular season and is 82-2-11 since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading after 40 minutes.

Ryan Miller surivived a second period onslaught, stopping 23 of 24 shots. His team rewarded the effort in the third by holding the Bruins to just six attempts. Miller finished with 38 saves.

"I think they sensed a little blood in the second and got aggressive," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Buffalo defenseman Craig Rivet struck from the right faceoff circle with a little less than six minutes left in the second period. That gave the Sabres the cushion they needed. From there on, they played shut-down hockey.

"Those are the answers you need in a period where things aren't going well," Ruff said of Rivet's tally.

In addition to playing tight defense, Buffalo also had to get defensive. Late in the first period, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara delivered a pair of hard checks to Patrick Kaleta behind the Boston net. That set off a scrum which led to double minors for Chara and Milan Lucic . Buffalo' Tony Lydman , Steve Montador and Raffi Torres picked up roughing minors. Kaleta received a 10-minute misconduct.

"We said it was going to be tight," Ruff said. "We expected a low-scoring game. We expected intensity. Someone said they felt friction before the series started, and we got it early."

 
 
 
 
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