Tag:Western Conference Semifinals
Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:13 am

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Tonight's Games

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-0)

• At the beginning of the playoffs, many questioned Evgeni Nabokov's ability to perform and help the Sharks win the Stanley Cup. And while there is still a long way to go, Nabokov has made 217 saves this postseason and has gone a long way toward quieting those who have questioned his ability. Nabokov's 2.14 goals-against average is the best in the playoffs. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Down 3-0, the Red Wings face a major climb uphill. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 2-1)

Jordan Staal unexpectedly returns to practice, might play Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Defenseman Jordan Leopold filling in a key role for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-0)

• As the Bruins are on the verge of sweeping the Flyers and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the regular season is all in the past. All those nights when the Bruins felt like the the 1958 Canadiens or 1972 Bruins are in the past. [ Boston Globe ]

• Even though Bruins continue to win games, players keep getting injured. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers doing everything right, but just can't score. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks lead 2-1)

• The Blackhawks are playing with great energy and enthusiasm right now, but would it kill the team to have one good fight? The history between these teams suggests it would behoove the Hawks not to mix it up. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Troy Brouwer won't use father's illness as reason for poor play. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Dustin Byfuglien destroys Canucks with both his words and his three goals. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:46 am
Edited on: May 6, 2010 12:48 am

Byfuglien burns Canucks with toughness, hat trick

By Erin Brown

How do the Vancouver Canucks and their followers feel about Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien ?

Ask the fan at General Motors place donning a vintage 'V' jersey, pounding on the glass at game's end and giving the Minnesota native the finger.

Byfuglien went beyond the role of impact player in Chicago's 5-2 victory over Vancouver, by recording a hat trick, an assist, six hits and  terrorizing netminder Roberto Luongo .

It was a throwback to last postseason, when the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Byfuglien took up residence in front of the Canucks crease. He did the same Wednesday night, scoring two goals off rebounds. He capped the hat trick by crashing the net and getting a lucky -- albeit questionable -- bounce off his left skate.

The hat trick was Byfuglien's first since Nov. 30, 2007 versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Away from the net, he instigated scrums and taunted fans. After his second goal, Byfuglien skated to the corner spreading his arms mockingly while skating along the glass.

Toward the end of the third period, he jawed with Canucks players from the bench, leading a brawl and 10-minute misconducts for Vancouver's Alex Burrows and Shane O'Brien and Chicago's Dave Bolland . And when the whistle finally blew, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa went after the winger.

Referees may have been able to drag Byfuglien off the ice after this game, but the Canucks are going to have to get him out of their head before the next.

Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:17 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the night

Goalie Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks stops Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks in close during the first period in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:30 am

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Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-0)

• Even though the Bruins are missing Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg from their defense, the bench has stepped up. It's more a reflection on the teamwide depth advantage the Bruins carry over the Flyers and into tonight's Game 3. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers must do a better job on faceoffs against Bruins. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers forward Simon Gagne hopes to return before series is over. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

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

• Blackhawks look to build on Game 2 momentum as the series heads to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks power-play team struggling, but doesn't have time to panic. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 2-0)

Marc-Andre Fleury made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak in Game 3. But nobody is surprised. "He's a gamer," Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. "He wins games." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Evgeni Malkin has feeding frenzy for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Melee at the end of the second period ends up hurting Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-0)

• The third period continues to be a sort spot for the Red Wings. Over the past three games, Detroit has been outscored 5-1 and outshot 42-25. "That's not our game plan," insisted Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, "But I think we've been able to get better as the games go on." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings dig themsleves a deep hole after losing Game 3. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:23 pm

Highlight of the night

San Jose's Joe Thornton sets up Patrick Marleau on a 2-on-1 7:07 into overtime of the Sharks' 4-3 victory:

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:13 pm

Home ice not much of an advantage for Wings

By Erin Brown

Home has not been sweet for the Detroit Red Wings as of late.

The Red Wings blew a two-goal lead in the third period of a must-win Game 3 and ultimately lost to the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime. They now trail the the series three games to none.

Joe Louis Arena has been a haven for Detroit in recent years, with the Red Wings going 20-4. But those last four losses have come in their last five games on home ice.

The Red Wings needed to accomplish three things in order to win on Tuesday: improve in the faceoff circle, shut down San Jose's power play and keep the Sharks from mounting a third period comeback. The first two, check. The last, not so much.

San Jose's Joe Thornton started the comeback with his second goal in as many games and Logan Couture knotted the game at three apiece with 6:43 to go in regulation. Patrick Marleau converted on a 2-on-1 with Thornton 7:07 into the extra period.

For San Jose, it was just its second win in 32 tries when entering the third period trailing by two goals.

Detroit now faces an 0-3 deficit for the 10th time in franchise history. Only once have they rallied to force a Game 7 -- in 1945 Stanley Cup Finals versus the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but failed to win the series. In all other cases, Detroit was swept.

Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:31 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. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• The Penguins have a plan for Game 3 -- get more traffic in front of the net. "There's no secret to our game," said center Max Talbot. "It's nice to take shots from the exterior, but we need to go into the 'dirty' areas and try to create a little bit more." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Montreal's Mike Cammalleri giving the Penguins fits. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Teams being coy about injuries, especially Jordan Staal and Andrei Markov. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 2-0)

Joe Pavelski, who is one of the breakout Stars during the playoffs, looks to stay hot as the series moves to Detroit. Not only has he scored two goals in three consecutive games, but had 11 shots on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, which was a Sharks playoff record. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings must cut down on penalties to have a chance to win series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Series tied 1-1)

• Despite a slow start, the Blackhawks pulled off spectacular finish, scoring three times in the third period to defeat the Canucks. Coming off Saturday's 5-1 loss, the Hawks said multiple times before the game that getting off to a good start was crucial. But in the opening minutes, the Canucks appeared to be heading for another rout. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Chicago's Kris Versteeg picks right time for first playoff goal. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Cancuks let game get away against Blackhawks, coach says team must play better. [ Vancouver Sun ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 2-0)

• After going up 2-0 on the Flyers, something special is going on in Boston with the Bruins. The Bruins are now two wins from their first conference final since 1992, when Mario Lemieux was the star of the Penguins and not the team's owner. [ Boston Globe ]

• With the pressure now on, which direction will the Flyers now go? [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:42 am

Three Stars: May 3

By Erin Brown

First Star: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks

Versteeg showed incredible patience with the puck on his game-winning goal and also tallied an assist in Chicago's 4-2 comeback win over Vancouver.

Second Star: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks

Seabrook played a key role in Chicago's comeback victory, starting the rally with a goal, then setting up the tying and winning goals.

Third Star: Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins

Lucic turned a broken play into a heads-up decision and netted the game-winner in Boston's 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Honorable Mentions

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