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The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Posted on: May 12, 2010 8:48 am
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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Series tied 3-3)

• The Penguins and Canadiens have both been in this position before ... a Game 7 to advance to the next round. The Penguins won two Game 7s last year -- a 6-2 victory at Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and a 2-1 victory at Detroit in the Stanley Cup final to clinch the 2009 championship. Meanwhile, Montreal is coming off of a first-round showing in which they overcame a 3-1 deficit against Washington to beat the Capitals in seven games. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins hoping crowd provides home-ice advantage for crucial game. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• An unsung hero can easily alter course in Game 7. "It's a funny thing," former Penguins pest and current ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby said. "And it's not just Penguins history. In big games and in overtimes of those games, it's never the Stars." [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Canadiens in familiar spot, hoping to tap into more Game 7 magic. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens to broadcast game on HD Jumbotron at Bell Centre in Canada. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 8 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-2)

• The Flyers are halfway to becoming the third team in NHL history to win a playoff series after losing the first three games. Toronto accomplished the feat in 1942, and the New York Islanders did it in 1975. "Without a doubt, I would love to be part of the next team to be able to do it," center Danny Briere said. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Finding the right goalie lately has been troublesome for the Flyers. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins need to get tougher and make better decisions to end series with Flyers. [ Boston Globe ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks win series 4-2)

• With his dad on his mind, Blackhawks' Troy Brouwer scores key goal in victory. Brouwer's dad underwent emergency surgery five weeks ago for a blood clot on his brain and has spent the past month recovering in a hospital 20 minutes outside Vancouver, where Brouwer grew up. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Everything went wrong for the Canucks as another disappointing season comes to an end. [ Vancouver Sun ]

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