Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:16 am
Edited on: April 27, 2010 12:27 am

Series Recap: Chicago 4, Nashville 2

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Series MVP: Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews did it all for Chicago, which is now undefeated in 10 straight series when leading 3-2. The Blackhawks captain led his team with eight points (two goals, six assists). Toews notched the game-winner in Game 6, a tap-in at the side of the net with 31 seconds left in the first period. Away from the net, he led Hawks centers in the faceoff circle, winning 59.3 of his draws. He was also instrumental on Chicago's penalty killing unit, which held the Predators to just one power play goal in 26 opportunities, logging an average of three minutes per game.


Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Chicago in 6: The Hawks defense won't hurt them against an offensively-challenged opponent.
Erin Brown: Chicago in 6: The Hawks will get the necessary offense and give their backend a confidence boost.
Dennis Dodd: Chicago in 5: The Hawks are going to have to outscore teams and hope their goalies steal a series.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: Nashville in 7: Chicago will regret not trading for goalie at deadline.


No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 7 Nashville
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 16 at Chicago NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 18 at Chicago CHI, 2-0 Recap
Apr. 20 at Nashville NSH, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at Nashville CHI, 3-0 Recap
Apr. 24 at Chicago CHI, 5-4 (OT) Recap
Apr. 26 at Nashville CHI, 5-3 Recap
Chicago wins series, 4-2

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 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 1:03 am

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

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

Series tied, 3-3

Phoenix scored its first three goals on special teams and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Sunday that forced Game 7 in the first-round series. Recap | Stats


No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 4, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 4-2

Daniel Sedin scored with 2:03 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from another third-period deficit to finish off their first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings with a 4-2 victory in Game 6 on Sunday night. Recap | Stats

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

Series Recap: Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 2

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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 26, 2010 12:30 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes fights with Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings during Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Phoenix won the game 5-2 to tie the series 3-3. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 26, 2010 12:18 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 12:28 am

Canucks ready to roll into next round

By Erin Brown

Alex Burrows scored his first goal in 11 games Sunday night, and to celebrate, he mimicked the act of shooting an arrow into the air.

Although the gesture was for his departed teammate and friend, Luc Bourdon, the motion could have easily sent another message: the Vancouver Canucks are back on target.

After an average start to a series against a youthful Los Angeles Kings team, the Canucks found their game, especially in the third period of the last three contests. Vancouver outscored Los Angeles 11-3 in the final 20 minutes of Games 4 through 6.

"We're resilient. We don't give up," Roberto Luongo said. "A couple times we had to come back in the third period in this series and we did it a bunch of times in the regular season. There's no quit in us."

Going forward, Vancouver's opponents will have to face a squad that appears to have worked out most of its kinks.

Luongo, while not among the league leaders in goals-against average or save percentage, has limited opponents to two goals in each of his last two games. Daniel Sedin snapped a 10-game slide of not scoring in a game where the Canucks had the ability to clinch a series. And then there's Burrows, Vancouver's leading goal-scorer during the regular season, who is back on the scoresheet.

"Even though it is an empty-netter, this time of year it doesn't really matter," Burrows said. "It's about the team and winning every game. We're really happy to get it done."

The only weakness Vancouver needs to tackle before the Conference Semifinals is their penalty killing, which is dead last this postseason. The Canucks have successfully killed off just 61.5 percent of its infractions.

"PK has been a problem for us," Sedin said. "We picked it up the last two games, but this series would have been over a lot sooner if our PK had been better. I think that's one thing we can key in on."

Posted on: April 25, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2010 5:30 pm

Coyotes, Red Wings aim to end slides in Game 7

By Erin Brown

Who does not love a Game 7? Maybe the Phoenix Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings, who have an unsuccessful or uncertain past when it comes to these decisive contests.

Phoenix has yet to win a Game 7 in its 31-year franchise history. Even worse, in the four they have played, three resulted in a shutout and the other saw the then-Winnipeg Jets score a lone goal in defeat.

Detroit, meanwhile, will appear in its first Game 7 on the road since April 16, 1991, a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings are 4-3 in Game 7s since then, but had the benefit of playing on home ice in each of those.

Detroit has not won a Game 7 on the road since April 9, 1964. The Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at Chicago Stadium in that game to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Phoenix Coyotes: Game 7s since 1990
Date Round Opponent Result
May 4, 1999 Conf. Quarterfinal St. Louis L, 1-0 (OT)
April 29, 1997 Conf. Quarterfinal at Anaheim L, 3-0
April 30, 1992 * Div. Semifinal at Vancouver L, 5-0
April 16, 1990 * Div. Semifinal at Edmonton L, 4-1
* Winnipeg Jets


Detroit Red Wings: Game 7s since 1990
Date Round Opponent Result
June 12, 2009 Stanley Cup Final Pittsburgh L, 2-1
May 14, 2009 Conf. Semifinal Anaheim W, 4-3
May 31, 2002 Conf. Final Colorado W, 7-0
May 16, 1996 Conf. Semifinal St. Louis W, 1-0 (OT)
April 30, 1994 Conf. Quarterfinal San Jose L, 3-2
May 1, 1993 Div. Semifinal Toronto L, 4-3 (OT)
April 30, 1992 Div. Final Minnesota W, 5-2
April 16, 1991 Div. Semifinal at St. Louis L, 3-2

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