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Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

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

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They are willing to pay the price by doing the little things like blocking shots, finishing checks winning battles along the boards and in corners. The grit factor wasn't always there against Nashville, and that should be a concern for a team that is very good and knows it. Complacency endangered Chicago against Nashville, with the Blackhawks ultimately winning out because their talent was superior. In reality, though, they survived the Predators more than beating them, and chances are they won't get away with that again, especially if goaltender Antti Niemi isn't steadier throughout.

The Canucks will win if: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin do what they did against Los Angeles, which is put up a lot of points, and Mikael Samuelsson keeps scoring the way he did. That won't be easy against a more talented team, though, so Vancouver will need its secondary scorers to contribute a lot more than they did against the Kings. The penalty kill will have to be a lot better than it was against Los Angeles, which connected on nine of its first 16 chances. Roberto Luongo will have to be on his game from the outset because Chicago is a tougher team to rebound against.

 

How They Got Here

Chicago: Defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 52-22-8 record for 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Vancouver: Defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 49-28-5 record for 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
May 1 at Chicago 8 p.m.
May 3 at Chicago 9 p.m.
May 5 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 7 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 9 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
May 11 at Vancouver * 9:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Series tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 21 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Recap
Nov. 22 Chicago 1, Vancouver 0 Recap
Jan. 23 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Recap
Mar. 5 Chicago 6, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic CHI VAN
Goals For (Avg.) 2.83 4.17
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.50 3.00
Power Play 17.4% 25.0%
Penalty Kill 96.3% 61.5%

Posted on: April 26, 2010 1:19 am
 

Three Stars: April 25

By Erin Brown

First Star: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

Bryzgalov made 31 saves, 25 of which came in the first two periods, in Phoenix's 5-2 win to force a Game 7.


Second Star: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin set up a tying goal and scored the winning goal in Vancouver's 4-2 comeback win over Los Angeles.


Third Star: Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

Like Sedin, Samuelsson played a big role in Vancouver's third-period comeback, recording assists on both the tying and winning goals.


Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 26, 2010 12:51 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 12:56 am
 

Series Recap: Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: Vancouver-Los Angeles

Series MVP: Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Vancouver Canucks

Samuelsson, who was never more than a third-liner as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, played like a superstar for the Canucks in this series. He began the series with goals in five straight games and currently leads playoff goal scorers with seven. His 11 points are second only to Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby . Even when held scoreless in Game 6, Samuelsson managed to notch a pair of assists.

 

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Vancouver in 5: The Sedins and company are too much for a young team with a struggling goalie.
Erin Brown: Vancouver in 6: The Kings have the talent to compete, but youth will be their ultimate downfall.
Mike Hurcomb: Vancouver in 5: The Sedin twins will help make quick work of Kings.

Off the Mark

Dennis Dodd: Los Angeles in 7: They've got a chance if Jonathan Quick can play like he did early in the season.

 

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Los Angeles
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 15 at Vancouver VAN, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 17 at Vancouver LA, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 19 at Los Angeles LA, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 21 at Los Angeles VAN, 6-4 Recap
Apr. 23 at Vancouver VAN, 7-2 Recap
Apr. 25 at Los Angeles VAN, 4-2 Recap
Vancouver wins series, 4-2


Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:29 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Friday's games

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 2, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Washington leads, 3-2

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of Montreal's first five shots, and the eighth-seeded Canadiens beat Alex Ovechkin 's Capitals 2-1 to extend their Eastern Conference matchup. Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 4, No. 6 Boston Bruins 1

Boston leads, 3-2

Buffalo built a three-goal lead on tallies by Adam Mair , Jason Pominville , and Mike Grier in the first 30 minutes and rebounded from a devastating loss, beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Friday to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 4, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1

Detroit leads, 3-2

Jimmy Howard turned in another outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.  Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 7, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 3-2

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 on Friday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series.  Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 23, 2010 8:56 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

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 22, 2010 1:36 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 12:58 am
 

Samuelsson's consistency keeps Canucks afloat

By Erin Brown

Mikael Samuelsson does not talk about what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. He shows how it is done.

Samuelsson scored his fifth goal of the playoffs Wednesday night, sparking a third-period comeback by the Vancouver Canucks in their 6-4 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. The tally matched Samuelsson's career-high.

"I don't think I have to be that vocal -- that comes from the coach," Samuelsson told the Vancouver Province prior to the start of the series. "If they need me, maybe I'll do it but I've got to show by example."

Samuelsson has been the most consistent Canucks forward through four games, with goals in each contest as well as an assist in Game 3. He shares the league lead for goals with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg .

It is a complete reversal for the Swede, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. Samuelsson finished up last year's postseason with a 10-game goal drought.

The difference? The winger has played more prominent role Samuelsson plays in Vancouver's offense and he is letting his stick is do all the talking.


Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:50 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 1:52 am
 

Three Stars: April 15

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo lost its composure during a massive scrum late in the first period, and Miller made sure the fisticuffs didn't impact the final score. The Sabres goalie stopped 38 shots Thursday night -- 23 in the second period alone.


Second Star: ★ ★ Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens regular season scoring leader came through in the clutch, scoring from the high slot to give the eighth-seeded Canadiens a 3-2 overtime win.


Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

A Cup winner with Detroit, Samuelsson knows what it takes to win in the postseason, and showed his Canucks teammates Thursday night. The Swede contributed a tying goal in the second period and the game-winner in overtime.


Honorable Mentions


Goat of the night: Andrew Alberts, Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver penalty killing hasn't been great this season, and Alberts left his teammates shorthanded for a chunk of Game 1. The Kings scored on the power play resulting from his interference call. They tied the game on a 5-minute power play after Alberts was ejected for boarding.


Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:17 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Thursday's games

A roundup of the night's action:

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 2, No. 6 Boston Bruins 1

Buffalo leads series, 1-0

Ryan Miller was remarkable in making 38 saves -- including 23 in the second period -- in the Sabres' 2-1 playoff-opening victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Recap | Stats

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3, No. 1 Washington Capitals 2 (OT)

Montreal leads series, 1-0

On a night in which the two-time reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin was neutralized, Tomas Plekanec was the perfect spoil sport for the Montreal Canadiens, scoring 13:19 into overtime as the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals 3-2. Recap | Stats

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 3, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2 (OT)

Vancouver leads series, 1-0

Mikael Samuelsson scored his second goal 8:52 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series. Recap | Stats

 
 
 
 
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