Tag:Dan Boyle
Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:40 am

Three Stars: April 30

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

San Jose's leading scorer during the conference quarterfinals continued his tear, scoring two goals and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. His third-period power play goal is his third game-winner in four games.

Second Star: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

Boyle registered his third multiple-point game of this postseason with three assists in San Jose's win.

Third Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings

Franzen extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 12:10 am

Sharks show focus, bite early in Game 1

By Erin Brown

If the first period of Game 1 is any indication, the San Jose Sharks are ready to bite off the head of that playoff monkey on their back.

Check out some of the first period stats for the Sharks:

• They scored three goals in 79 seconds, setting a new franchise record for fastest three goals in a playoff game.

• They dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 30 (60 percent) draws.

• They outhit the Red Wings, 20-9, with Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton leading the way with four hits apiece.

San Jose couldn't keep up the pace over the next two periods, but did just enough to hang onto a 4-3 victory.

Joe Pavelski continued his postseason tear with two goals and an assist. Evgeni Nabokov finished with 20 saves, including a clutch stop on Nicklas Lidstrom with 19 seconds to play. San Jose's big guns, often pinpointed for their absence during the postseason, are producing. Dan Boyle finished with three assists and Dany Heatley chipped in a goal and an assist. Thornton also registered a helper.

There is still a lot of hockey to be played in the series, but for one night at least, the Sharks can avoid criticism of an unfocused and shaky start.

Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:18 am

Nabokov an unsung hero in San Jose's series win

By Erin Brown

Chances are, when the 2010 Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche is looked back upon, Evgeni Nabokov 's goaltending may be a footnote.

Despite all the other storylines that emerged -- top-seeded San Jose falling behind 2-1, Dan Boyle 's own goal and the unbelievable effort of Colorado's Craig Anderson in the first four games -- Nabokov's solid play is likely to be forgotten in years to come.

"Nabby had a great series," Boyle said. "He was off one night, maybe one period, but we played well that night for him, and he saved us."

Even with a night in which he allowed five goals, Nabokov finished this series with a 1.76 goals-against average, good for second best among playoff goaltenders. Remove that Game 2 -- a game in which he won, 6-5 -- from his stats, and Nabokov's goals-against average drops to 1.16.

After Game 2, Nabokov was close to flawless. He held the Avalanche to a goal or less in three of the next four games. He may have finished with two shutouts in the series had it not been for Boyle's own goal in Game 3.

"He got stronger as the series went on, which was good for the team," Joe Pavelski said. "When he struggled a bit, we were able to find some goals. We had his back, and he had our back throughout the series."

It remains to be seen whether Nabokov and the Sharks can keep up that agreement.

Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 11:08 pm

Atta Boyle!

By Erin Brown

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle wasted little time atoning for his gaffe.

Boyle scored 72 seconds into Tuesday's contest to give San Jose the early lead over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4. The blueliner teed up a slap shot in the left circle and fired it past Avs goaltender Craig Anderson .

Boyle scored on his own net in overtime Sunday night, giving Colorado a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead. The error came after a dominating performance by the Sharks, who outshot their opponent 50-15 in regulation.

Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:19 am

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 2

Phoenix leads series, 2-1

Overcoming the loss of captain Shane Doan and another key player, Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata scored midway through the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 4-2 victory and a 2-1 series lead. Recap | Stats


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 2

Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Malkin scored his third playoff goal, and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)

Philadelphia leads series, 2-1

Daniel Carcillo scored 3:35 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 2, No. 7 Nashville Predators 0

Series tied, 1-1

Antti Niemi , a rookie, didn't dwell on his first playoff game two nights earlier when he gave up two goals, one on a bouncing puck in a 4-1 loss in the series opener. That loss put Sunday night's game into the must-win category for the Blackhawks with Games 3 and 4 in the Western Conference series slated for Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday. Recap | Stats


No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1, No. 1 San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)

Colorado leads series, 2-1

Ryan O'Reilly was credited with a bizarre goal 51 seconds into overtime following an errant clear by defenseman Dan Boyle , giving the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 victory against San Jose on Sunday night and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series. Craig Anderson was simply splendid in net all night, stopping 51 shots. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:41 am
Edited on: April 19, 2010 1:22 am

Sharks' dominating effort derailed by own goal

By Erin Brown

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle cemented his place in blooper videos for years to come.

Boyle broke a 0-0 tie 51 seconds into overtime by shooting the puck past Evgeni Nabokov into his own net. Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly received credited for the goal.

The snafu came after a dominating performance by the Sharks. San Jose outshot Colorado 50-15 in regulation, with 42 of those coming over the the final two periods.

Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson 's 50 saves without allowing a goal during regulation set an NHL record.

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