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The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Posted on: May 9, 2010 8:00 am
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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

• The outlook was grim, doubts were spreading and criticism was rampant. That seemed to be the state of affairs for the Blackhawks a little more than a week ago. How quickly things can change. The Hawks now are on the cusp of advancing to their second consecutive Western Conference finals by eliminating the rival Vancouver Canucks for the second consecutive year. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Blackhawks' relentless pressure has kept Canucks off balance. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Penalties killing Canucks chances to reach the next round. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 3-2)

• The Penguins have preached the importance of creating traffic in front of Jaroslav Halak, and their plan worked well enough to earn a 3-2 series advantage. Montreal coach Jacques Martin all but admitted that such goals are somewhat unstoppable. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had fun, but busy evening. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• No. 8 seed Canadiens in familiar spot, must win to avoid elimination . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Flyers coach Peter Laviolette says the Flyers need to be on the attack mode. "We have to do to them what they're going to try to do to us." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins have become enormously popular over the past month in city of Boston. [ Boston Herald ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks win series 4-1)

• Sharks brush aside some playoff demons to eliminate Red Wings and reach conference finals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Too many things went wrong for Red Wings, including Brad Stuart's injury. [ Detroit Free Press ]

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Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 7:15 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

  The Canadians have certainly come too life in the Stanley Cup play offs. Their rich tradition seems to inject them with confidence in these series. Wink   Montreal could could easily find themselves in in the Conference finals if not in the Cup round itself. Who could have prredicted the Habs would still be around aand up 3-2? The Capital pundents were embarassedEmbarassed The final game will be in Pittsburg where the Csnadians have already won one game. I understand Pitt's strengthi including home ice and, they are the defending Cup champions. Hoevere, the Mystique of the Habs will will be on the ice as well. Smile


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