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Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:32 am

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Tonight's Game

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Anybody who thinks they have a handle on the Hawks-Canucks series doesn't. Anybody predicting the outcome is guessing. Never has a 3-2 lead felt like a series that's all tied up. The home team has won once in five games. The Canucks had a chance to bury the Hawks in Game 2 and failed. They had a chance to seize control in Game 3 and failed. The Hawks had a chance to clinch at home and failed. In four of the five games, the team that outhit the other lost. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Roberto Luongo faced three elimination matches in the Olympics and won them all, culminating in a gold medal for Canada. So here he is again. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks' Sami Salo not limping despite groin pain, status 'day-to-day' for Game 6. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 3-3)

• The Canadiens parlayed two goals by Michael Cammalleri, a timely return by defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to tie up the series and force a winner-take-all Game 7. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• In a Game 7, bet on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to win it. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-2)

• The Flyers seem to have found the formula for success. The higher the body count, the better they play. This time, they lost goalie Brian Boucher, and their young offensive star Claude Giroux, but still won Game 6 with a 4-0 victory. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Even though Bruins lead series, it feels like they are playing from behind. [ Boston Globe ]

Posted on: May 8, 2010 7:57 am

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Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins, Canadiens both have the same attitude ... Game 5 is very important to swing the series. The eighth-seeded Canadiens, who waged a last-ditch effort to send the Capitals on their way to summer vacation in the first round, have found comfort in a devil-may-care style of play. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges doing a great job shutting down Sidney Crosby. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Even though the Sharks still have a commanding 3-1 lead, the Red Wings 7-1 win in Game 4 casts some doubts about the Sharks. "I think we move on and it's over," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to put it behind us. If we carry that baggage or luggage with us, we'll be behind the 8-ball." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings looking to Game 5 and only Game 5 for now. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have to do five things to stave off elimination and claim series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

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

Simon Gagne had quite a return. What started as a painful shift with 14:10 elapsed in the first OT ended only 30 seconds later with pure jubilation. His goal - and chance to play hero - was the exact reason why he decided to push the envelope and return to his teammates at their most desperate hour. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Brian Boucher wasn't at his best, but he'll take the victory. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Stuart hits the ice for the first time since April 1. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

• Vancouver continued to take cheap shots and penalites, which was fine by the Blackhawks. They took the power play chances, the goals and not a 3-1 lead in the series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Dave Bolland and his line are getting in the head of the Sedin twins. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Roberto Luongo gets pounded again, putting Canucks in deep trouble. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:39 pm

Carcillo accuses Savard of biting

By Erin Brown

Their encounter does not hold up to the brawls of the 1970s, but Daniel Carcillo and Marc Savard may have added their place in the Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins rivalry.

During Monday's contest between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins, Philadelphia's Carcillo accused Boston's Savard of biting his finger in a scrum.

At 5:55 of the second period, Savard tried to swipe at a puck gloved by Flyers goalie Brian Boucher . That led to defenseman Kimmo Timonen and Carcillo going after the Boston forward. When Carcillo put Savard in a headlock, his glove fell off.

After linesmen broke up the incident, the Flyers winger held out his index finger, suggesting Savard bit him.

Savard ended up with a slashing minor, while Carcillo was sent back to the bench to tend to his hand.

Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 10:39 pm

Lucic scores rare home goal in Bruins win

By Erin Brown

A fan favorite in Boston, Milan Lucic finally rewarded the Bruins faithful.

Lucic scored the game-winner with 2:57 remaining in regulation to give the Bruins a 3-2 triumph and a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Touted as a power forward, Lucic doesn't score often. In 199 career games, he has just 34 tallies, 14 of which were on home ice. This past season, he lit the lamp just once at TD Garden.

The winger registered his first tally of the postseason by corralling a puck on edge, spinning around in the slot and firing it past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher .

"For that one, I really didn't have a play," Lucic said. "It was a turn-around shooter and it got on through and found a hole.

"My whole thought was to get it on net and find a seam. I knew if I got it past the first defender, it had a chance. It was a good call on my part."

That good decision has Boston heading into Philadelphia with a 2-0 series lead. Boston is 20-6 all-time when up two games to none.

"We had home ice advantage and we wanted to take advantage of that and we did," Lucic said. "We ended up playing for 60 minutes to get that win. We know it is only going to get tougher from here on out."

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: May 2, 2010 5:03 pm

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Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2 p.m. (Penguins lead 1-0)

• After allowing six goals in Game 1 against the Penguins, the Canadiens must step up their defensive play. Losing Andrei Markov won't help either, so the Canadiens will be looking for others -- P.K. Subban , Ryan O'Byrne and Marc-Andre Bergeron to raise their games. None of the three were part of the defence corps when the playoffs opened in Washington on April 15. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• With Jordan Staal out indefinitely, other Penguins have to step up. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 8 p.m. (Sharks lead series 1-0)

Patrick Marleau will be back on the ice for the Sharks, but the big question will be which line? He went through the full practice Saturday and pronounced himself fit to play after missing Game 1 with a bout of the flu. "No idea," Marleau said when asked where he might play. "Todd (McLellan) does everything for a reason. So whatever he thinks is best and will help out the team, he'll do." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings learning to stay cool from captain Nicklas Lidstrom . [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 1-0)

Marc Savard has a return for the ages, knocking down perfect shot. [ Boston Globe ]

• Despite loss, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher stands tall in Game 1. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Home loss puts Blackhawks on notice -- they must get their act together. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks choose speed over toughness for the fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Posted on: May 1, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 3:46 pm

Flyers, Bruins charge out of the gate in OT

One has to wonder if NBC sent a message to the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins dressing rooms prior to overtime starting in Game 1.

Wrap it up, guys.

Boston came out flying, peppering Flyers goalie Brian Boucher with six shots in two minutes. Just five minutes in, the teams had combined for 10 shots and a few odd-man rushes including a breakaway by Flyers winger Daniel Carcillo .

By the time Boston's Marc Savard scored at 13:52 to give his team the 5-4 win, the squads had 17 shots.

What's the rush?

The Kentucky Derby takes place later Saturday afternoon. It's an event televised by NBC. A quick glance of a television programming guide shows the horses aren't scheduled to air until 4 p.m. Post time is 6:24 p.m.

In 2007, the network cut away from an overtime contest between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres, in order to show an hour of pre-race coverage. The rest of the game was picked up by Versus, but that's quite a change from appearing on a network that is in 99 percent of American homes.

Posted on: April 23, 2010 8:56 am

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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 ]

Posted on: April 23, 2010 2:25 am

Three Stars: April 22

By Erin Brown

First Star: Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Boucher made 28 saves to record his second career postseason shutout and propel the Flyers to a series-clinching 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Second Star: Matt Carkner, Ottawa Senators

Carkner helped the Senators avoid elimination with his first career playoff goal 7:06 into triple overtime of Ottawa's 4-3 Game 5 win over Pittsburgh.

Third Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks needed a victory and momentum following a tough start to this series and Couture provided it with two goals in San Jose's 5-0 win over Colorado.

Honorable Mentions

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