Tag:Western Conference Semifinals
Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:10 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

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No. 6 Boston Bruins 3, No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 2

Boston leads, 2-0

Milan Lucic scored to break a third-period tie with 2:57 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinals. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for Boston. Recap | Stats

 

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 4, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 2

Series tied, 1-1

Kris Versteeg scored go the go-ahead goal from the left circle with 1:30 left and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Monday night to even the Western Conference semifinals at 1-1 on Monday night. Recap | Stats

Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: May 4, 2010 12:09 am
 

Comebacks against Canucks nothing new for 'Hawks

By Erin Brown

Letting the Chicago Blackhawks back into a playoff game is a very dangerous thing for the Vancouver Canucks.

Chicago overcame a 2-0 lead Monday night with four unanswered goals in its 4-2 triumph in Game 2.

Dating back to last postseason, every Blackhawks playoff win against the Canucks has been the result of a comeback from two or fewer goals.

So how does Vancouver beat Chicago? By piling it on. In that same time span, each of Vancouver's three wins involved the Canucks building a 3-0 lead.

Second City Comebacks
Date Hawks Trailed Hawks Comeback Final Score
May 3, 2010 2-0 Scored 3 W, 4-2
May 11, 2009 1-0, 4-3, 5-4 Scored 3 W, 4-2
May 9, 2009 2-1 Scored 3 W, 4-2
May 7, 2009 1-0 Scored 2 W, 2-1
May 2, 2009 2-0 Scored 5 W, 6-3

Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: May 3, 2010 2:57 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. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 1-0)

• After allowing 46 shots in Game 1, the Flyers know things must change against the Bruins. The plan is simple -- do not allow many odd-man rushes and do not allow the Bruins to camp out in front of the net, but it all comes down to if the Flyers can execute or not. How important is Game 2? When they have lost the first two playoff games, the Flyers have a 2-12 series record. When they are 1-1, they are 15-15. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers' Chris Pronger gets an extra spring in his step this time of year. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Recchi might want to stick around a little longer. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Despite a rough Game 1, Antti Niemi will be starting goalie for Chicago. Coach Joel Quenneville emphatically stated he would start Game 2, one game after being shelled for five goals and being yanked after two periods during Saturday night's 5-1 defeat. "Antti's playing," Quenneville said. "No doubt. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Former Canuck Brent Sopel transforming himself with Blackhawks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Kyle Wellwood doing fine job anchoring Canucks' third line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 2-0)

• The Sharks Big Three does it again. Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, all gold-medal winning forwards for Canada in the Olympics, came through the Sharks needed them the most. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks steal the game with a little help from the referees. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

• Canadiens do their own version of the rope-a-dope to take out Penguins in Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens make the most of limited offense to even series. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Three Stars: May 2

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

What didn't Pavelski do on Sunday night? He scored twice, recorded an assist, won 81 percent (13 of 16) of his faceoffs and led San Jose with 11 shots in their 4-3 win over Detroit.


Second Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was back to his dominant self in Montreal's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, stopping 38 shots, 18 of which came in the second period.


Third Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period of the Canadiens' 3-1 win.


Honorable Mentions


Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:38 pm
 

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3, No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Series tied, 1-1

Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like his series-stealing play during Montreal's first-round upset of Washington and the Canadiens surprised the Penguins by winning 3-1 on Sunday. Recap | Series

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3

San Jose leads, 2-0

Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the playoffs with 7:23 left and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series. Recap | Series


Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Nicklas Lidstrom , Jimmy Howard and Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings watch Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks score the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, Calif. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 11:30 pm
 

"Little Joe" comes up with another big game

By Erin Brown

On a night where the San Jose Sharks' top line got clicking once again, Joe Pavelski still found a way to steal the spotlight.

Pavelski scored twice -- including the tying goal 4:40 into the third period -- and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night.

The effort marked Pavelski's third multi-goal consecutive game of the postseason. The feat was last achieved by Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in 1992. Pavelski now leads postseason goal scorers with nine, and ranks second only to the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in points with 14.

"He's such a complete player," San Jose's Joe Thornton said. "He plays hard at both ends of the rink. He competes every night. He's just in a zone, and when you get in a zone, you just have so much confidence and you feel like you can do anything."

In Game 2, the 5-foot-11 center known as "Little Joe" pretty much did everything. Pavelski led the Sharks with 11 shots and dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of 16 draws.

San Jose's first line of Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley , meanwhile, combined for a goal and five assists.


Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: May 2, 2010 5:03 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2 p.m. (Penguins lead 1-0)

• After allowing six goals in Game 1 against the Penguins, the Canadiens must step up their defensive play. Losing Andrei Markov won't help either, so the Canadiens will be looking for others -- P.K. Subban , Ryan O'Byrne and Marc-Andre Bergeron to raise their games. None of the three were part of the defence corps when the playoffs opened in Washington on April 15. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• With Jordan Staal out indefinitely, other Penguins have to step up. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 8 p.m. (Sharks lead series 1-0)

Patrick Marleau will be back on the ice for the Sharks, but the big question will be which line? He went through the full practice Saturday and pronounced himself fit to play after missing Game 1 with a bout of the flu. "No idea," Marleau said when asked where he might play. "Todd (McLellan) does everything for a reason. So whatever he thinks is best and will help out the team, he'll do." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings learning to stay cool from captain Nicklas Lidstrom . [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 1-0)

Marc Savard has a return for the ages, knocking down perfect shot. [ Boston Globe ]

• Despite loss, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher stands tall in Game 1. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Home loss puts Blackhawks on notice -- they must get their act together. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks choose speed over toughness for the fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]



 
 
 
 
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