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Posted on: May 10, 2010 10:49 am
Edited on: May 10, 2010 10:50 am
 

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Tonight's Games

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-2)

• This is not a must-win game for the Penguins. Not in any hard-numbers sense, anyway. But the last thing the Penguins want to avoid is a Game 7, where anything can happen. "I'd like to treat it like it's the end of the world," left winger Mike Rupp said. "You can look at it that their backs are up against the wall -- which they are -- but I like to look at it from the standpoint that it is for us, too." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill injury 'just a cut', hopes to play Game 6. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' fans have reason to celebrate no matter what the outcome. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-1)

• After letting a second-round sweep of the Flyers slip away with a 5-4 overtime loss in Philadelphia, the banged-up Bruins got some much needed rest Sunday. [ Boston Globe ]

• Bruins know good things follow with faceoff wins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers' Matt Carle understands 0-3 hole, but says team can't get too far ahead of ourselves. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• With Vancouver's season at stake — and with it Roberto Luongo's reputation — the goaltender produced his finest clutch performance in a Canuck uniform since the epic 56-save night three years ago in an elimination game against the Anaheim Ducks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Sami Salo's takes puck to the groin, meaning it would be doubtful he plays in Game 6. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Blackhawks lose focus, getting dropped by Canucks as series heads back to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Posted on: May 2, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Habs get back to basics in Game 2 win

By Erin Brown

The defense that was largely absent during the Montreal Canadiens' conference semifinal opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins is back.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 38 shots, and his teammates blocked 15 more in the Habs' 3-1 win over the Penguins Sunday afternoon.

Even more impressive is the fact the Canadiens shut down NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby . A 51-goal scorer during the regular season, Crosby was held to just one shot on net and finished with a team-worst minus-2 rating.

The Penguins captain showed his frustration late in the game after being rubbed off the puck by Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . Crosby turned around and swung his stick at one of the Montreal goal posts, breaking it in two.

"He's the best player in the world, everybody knows that," Montreal's rookie defenseman P.K. Subban said. "When I am out there against him, I just try to pay attention to where he's at. I've got a lot of respect for him, and so does everyone else in the hockey world.

In addition to keeping one of the league's best in check, the Canadiens got discipline and penalty killing back on track. Montreal did a good job avoiding the penalty box -- they were whistled just three times -- and when they were shorthanded, killed off each penalty.

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:37 pm
 

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Tonight's Game

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.

Jaroslav Halak had one of the biggest task of all. The goalie not only got pulled from Game 3, then was forced to sit the bench for Game 4. But he came back the final three games against the Capitals and stopped 131 of 134 shots to lift the Canadiens to victory. "We're going to try, probably, a different approach on how to score goals than Washington did and, hopefully, have a little bit more success against a guy who's playing very well with a lot of confidence," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have their eye on Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens have little time to bask in first-round victory over No. 1 seed. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

As difficult as it might be for the Flyers, they have to focus on the series at hand. In the NHL, you can't get caught looking ahead, especially when you never know who will win the other series. Then eighth-seeded Canadiens won three games in a row and, just like that, the Flyers were booking hotel space in Boston instead of D.C. "When it was 3-1, obviously you think Washington is going to close it out," Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said Thursday. "It just goes to show you the parity in this league. Anything can happen on any night." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Danny Briere enjoying his time on and off the ice as playoffs continue. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is being asked alot during playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Get ready for the most intense series yet. The Blackhawks and Canucks publicly have expressed their mutual disdain. Draw a bulls-eye on the back of Ryan Kesler , who called Hawks forward Andrew Ladd a coward. Odd comment on the heels of Ladd getting the best of the Vancouver center in a middleweight bout. Hate. Then hate some more. Some of this intolerance is real. Some of it is manufactured. But either way, get ready for one amazing series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Adam Burish expects fun, physical series vs. Canucks. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' Henrik Sedin never imagined he'd have chance to win Hart. [ Vancouver Sun ]

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

Joe Pavelski lived up to his nickname -- The Big Pavelski -- in Game 1 with two goals and assisting on another in the Sharks' Game 1 win over the Red Wings. But with all the plays he has made in the playoffs, it might be time for a new nickname. "He's hungry," Thornton said. "Right now he always seems to be on the puck." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov has rough night with all traffic in front of the net. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• In loss to Sharks, Red Wings' Dan Cleary scores first point of playoffs. [ Detroit Free Press ]


Posted on: April 28, 2010 11:42 pm
 

Three Stars: April 28

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was stellar yet again for the Canadiens, allowing just one goal on 42 shots, 18 of which came in the third period.


Second Star: Dominic Moore, Montreal Canadiens

Moore's third-period insurance goal with 3:36 to play ended up as the game-winner.


Third Star: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Montreal Canadiens

Bergeron's power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the first period gave the Canadiens the early lead.


Honorable Mentions

  • Hal Gill , Montreal Canadiens: one assist, six blocked shots
  • Andrei Markov , Montreal Canadiens: one assist, six blocked shots

Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:09 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins hoping to get the good word from doctor on Marc Savard. [ Boston Globe ]

• Bruins have no choice but to move Milan Lucic and Marco Sturm. [ Boston Globe ]

• Sabres trying to find a way to force Game 7. [ Washington Post ]

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Montreal's Hal Gill thrives during the playoffs. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Washington's Alexander Semin has been quiet during playoffs. [ Washington Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators, 9 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks looking to close out series against desperate Predators. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Predators upset by NHL's lack of punishment for Marian Hossa. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators confidence remains high against Blackhawks for Game 6. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 3-3)

• Coyotes fans offered a real treat ... a Game 7 in the hockey playoffs. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard says Coyotes got lucky. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' legacy all on the line in Arizona for a win or go home Game 7. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Former Detroit Stars Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider spark Coyotes win. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:38 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. (Flyers lead 3-1)

• Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello says results vs. Flyers are unacceptable. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• It's win or die time for the Devils against Flyers in elimination game. [ New York Post ]

• Aggressive Flyers must block out injury woes for Game 5. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-1)

• Penguins victory in Game 5 would set up much needed rest. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins' Bill Guerin holding up his end of the bargain. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators goalie Brian Elliott wants a shot at redemption. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Avalanche need more offensive chances against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

• Avs hopes riding high despite injuries to Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller . [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Joe Pavelski making name with clutch goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m. (Predators lead 2-1)

• Blackhawks' Stars looking at themselves for lack of offense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' line changes coming to hopefully give team a spark. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators defense and goaltending keeping Blackhawks out of the net. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Capitals lead 3-1)

• Russian duo Semyon Varlamov and Alex Ovechkin lift Caps. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals get into Montreal goalie's head, forcing Carey Price to fold late. [ Washington Post ]

• Montreal's Hal Gill says game is decided by inches. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Boston's Miroslav Satan finds spot past Ryan Miller in victory. [ Boston Globe ]

• Game 4 provides thrills worth a double take. [ Boston Globe ]

• Down 3-1, Sabres now have no room for error. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Series tied 2-2)

Henrik Sedin provides Canucks with a Hollywood ending. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Gary Bettman dismisses complaints about disallowed Canucks goal. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• A look inside the lives of Kings' fans in the Die-Hard section. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Hot goalie Jimmy Howard gives the Red Wings a boost. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings' penalty kill improves after Game 1 fiasco. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes and fans need perspective, but not overhaul. [ Arizona Republic ]


 
 
 
 
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