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Posted on: May 7, 2010 9:34 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-0)

• Facing the disgrace of a series sweep on their home ice, it would be surprising if the Flyers didn't find a way to win at least one game. The sweep-avoiding win seems like a fairly common phenomenon. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Simon Gagne practices for Flyers, might play Game 4. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• With David Krejci hurt, Bruins have a hole at the center position. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 2-1)

• As the heroes seemingly change every night for the Blackhawks during the playoffs, goalie Antti Niemi has emerged as the indispensable constant. Not bad for an inexperienced goalie who has been thrust into playoff spotlight. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Several Blackhawks have fond memories of Vancouver Olympics. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Changes coming to Canucks roster as team is looking for a win. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Red Wings respond to challenge by scoring ... and scoring ... and scoring. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' Ryane Clowe says easy to forget loss with series lead. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' lack of focus brings memories of 2006 when they lost to Edmonton. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

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

• Penguins' Stars, who didn't play like much, are the ones to blame. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Tomas Plekanec says its time for the Canadiens to use fan advantage. [ Montreal Gazette ]

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 1:35 am

Series Recap: San Jose 4, Colorado 2

Complete Schedule & Bracket | Blog: San Jose-Colorado

Series MVP: Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks

In a series where Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Healtey -- San Jose's 80-point scorers during the regular season -- failed to have an impact, Pavelski filled the void. For all three of them. Pavelski finished the series tied with Ryane Clowe for the team lead in points (8), which was two shy of the top line's combined effort. Pavelski topped all Sharks with five goals, three of which came at crucial moments. He tallied his first of the series with 32 seconds left in Game 2 to force overtime. He recorded the decisive goal 10:24 into overtime of Game 4. The center capped his series with a two-goal night, which included the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner, in Game 6.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
Erin Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Heatley , Thornton will find his playoff game.
Mike Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
Dennis Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.


No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at San Jose COL, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at San Jose SJ, 6-5 (OT) Recap
Apr. 18 at Colorado COL, 1-0 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Colorado SJ, 2-1 (OT) Recap
Apr. 22 at San Jose SJ, 5-0 Recap
Apr. 24 at Colorado SJ, 5-2 Recap
San Jose wins series, 4-2
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