Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 25, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2010 12:25 pm
 

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 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 2 p.m. (Red Wings lead 3-2)

• Coyotes' Shane Doan to be another game-time decision. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes ready to face their toughest challenge of the season. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings' grinders playing just fine in first-round series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Playoff pendulum has swung in Vancouver's direction. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Killer instinct key for Canucks in Game 6. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Kings to stick with starting goalie Jonathan Quick. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Capitals lead 3-2)

• Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau still considering lineup changes. [ Washington Post ]

• If Capitals can finish off Canadiens, maybe they aren't ready for Stanely Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens' juggling lineup paying off so far. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 3-2)

• Bruins' Zdeno Chara gets the green light for Game 6. [ Buffalo News ]

• Sabres' Thomas Vanek skating on fifth line, but return looks doubtful. [ Buffalo News ]

• Slow-starting Bruins looking for that early spark. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Blackhawks lead 3-2)

• Blackhawks' Marian Hossa goes from goat to hero. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Martin Erat's errors offset two-goal game for Predators. [ The Tennessean ]

Barry Melrose believes Hossa should be suspended. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:28 am
 

Three Stars: April 24

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Pavelski wrapped up his stellar first-round series with a three-point night, which included the eventual-game winner in San Jose's 5-2 vuctory over Colorado.


Second Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago's Marian Hossa may have scored the game-winner in the Blackhawks' 5-4 triumph, but it was Kane who scored a shorthanded goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.


Third Star: Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins

With his team down by three goals, Cooke scored twice over the final 30 minutes to force overtime in Pittsburgh's 4-3 series-clinching win over Ottawa.


Honorable Mentions


Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:01 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

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No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5, No. 7 Nashville Predators 4 (OT)

Chicago leads, 3-2

Marian Hossa scored 4:07 into overtime after Patrick Kane 's short-handed goal had tied the game with 13.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the Blackhawks rallied and beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 for a 3-2 series lead. Recap | Stats

 

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 3 (OT)

Pittsburgh wins, 4-2

Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime for Pittsburgh, which erased a three-goal deficit and eliminated the Ottawa Senators from the playoffs with a 4-3 victory in Game 6 on Saturday. Recap | Stats

 

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 5, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 2

San Jose wins, 4-2

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the tiebreaking tally midway through the third period, to lift the Sharks to a series-clinching 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in Game 6. Recap | Stats


Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:47 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 12:58 am
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

T.J. Galiardi of the Colorado Avalanche is up ended by Scott Nichol of the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. (Getty Images)


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
Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:18 am
 

Nabokov an unsung hero in San Jose's series win

By Erin Brown

Chances are, when the 2010 Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche is looked back upon, Evgeni Nabokov 's goaltending may be a footnote.

Despite all the other storylines that emerged -- top-seeded San Jose falling behind 2-1, Dan Boyle 's own goal and the unbelievable effort of Colorado's Craig Anderson in the first four games -- Nabokov's solid play is likely to be forgotten in years to come.

"Nabby had a great series," Boyle said. "He was off one night, maybe one period, but we played well that night for him, and he saved us."

Even with a night in which he allowed five goals, Nabokov finished this series with a 1.76 goals-against average, good for second best among playoff goaltenders. Remove that Game 2 -- a game in which he won, 6-5 -- from his stats, and Nabokov's goals-against average drops to 1.16.

After Game 2, Nabokov was close to flawless. He held the Avalanche to a goal or less in three of the next four games. He may have finished with two shutouts in the series had it not been for Boyle's own goal in Game 3.

"He got stronger as the series went on, which was good for the team," Joe Pavelski said. "When he struggled a bit, we were able to find some goals. We had his back, and he had our back throughout the series."

It remains to be seen whether Nabokov and the Sharks can keep up that agreement.

Posted on: April 24, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Predators still winless in Game 5s

By Erin Brown

Forget 13. It is five that is unlucky for the Nashville Predators.

The Predators dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday to remain winless all-time in Game 5s.

It looked for a while like Nashville might break that slide. The Predators overcame a 3-1 lead on goals by Joel Ward and Martin Erat , who also scored midway through the third period to give Nashville the lead.

But Chicago's Patrick Kane scored with 16 seconds left to force overtime. Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa sealed the win a little more than four minutes into the extra period.

Unlucky No. 5
Date Opponent Score
Apr. 24, 2010 Chicago L, 5-4 (OT)
Apr. 18, 2008 Detroit L, 2-1 (OT)
Apr. 20, 2007 San Jose L, 3-2
Apr. 30, 2006 San Jose L, 2-1
Apr. 15, 2004 Detroit L, 4-1

Posted on: April 24, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Hawks penalty killing sets up Hossa's redemption

By Erin Brown

After putting his teammates in a tight spot, Marian Hossa redeemed himself in the best way possible.

Hossa, who received a major penalty the waning moments of the third period, scored in overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory and 3-2 series lead over the Nashville Predators.

It is a good thing for the Blackhawks that Nashville's power play has struggled this postseason. The Predators are now 0-for-22 with the man advantage.

The winger tallied the game-winner nine seconds after his penalty expired. Parked at the left side of the Predators net, Hossa knocked in a rebound from Brent Sopel 's slap shot from the right point.

With his team trailing by a goal, Hossa received a major for boarding with 63 seconds left in regulation after he shoved Nashville's Dan Hamhuis from behind into the end boards. Despite playing shorthanded, Patrick Kane tied the contest with 16 seconds remaining to force overtime.

But the Blackhawks still had four minutes to kill off in the Hossa penalty the extra period began.

 
 
 
 
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