Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 24, 2010 8:35 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 3 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

Jordin Tootoo misses practice after receiving 45 stitches in face. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators face desperation for Game 5 ... and that's a good thing. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks looking to take control in see-saw series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m.(Penguins lead 3-2)

• Overtime games are hard to forget for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators willing to do whatver it takes, including sacrificing bodies. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

Pascal Leclaire recalls Game 5, the most exiciting game he's played. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 10 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-2)

• Finally seeing results, Sharks look to continue attacking. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene taking the hits. [ Denver Post ]

Peter Mueller very doubtful for Avalanche in Game 6. [ Denver Post ]

Off-Day Teams

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

Jacques Martin's juggling lineup pays off for Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Jaroslav Halak is the difference as Canadiens take Game 5. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals haven't learned how to make it easy on themselves. [ Washington Post ]

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

• With Sabres still alive, fans and city still believe. [ Buffalo News ]

• Boston defensive stalwart Zdeno Chara faces suspension. [ Buffalo News ]

• Line changes put a jump into Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Canucks lead 3-2)

• Canucks get swagger back, play best game of series to take 3-2 lead. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks finally played to their potential. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Crushing blow to Kings, puts season on the brink of elimination. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes (Red Wings lead 3-2)

• Late scoring pushes Red Wings to victory past Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Tomas Holmstrom's goal is the dagger the Red Wings needed in Game 5. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes' Mathieu Schneider sees first action in series. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 1:45 am
 

Three Stars: April 23

By Erin Brown

First Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak stopped 37 shots, including 12 in the final period to preserve Montreal's 2-1 win over Washington and force Game 6.


Second Star: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Although he had more help from his team in Game 5, Miller put up another stellar performance, stopping 35 shots in Buffalo's 4-1 win over Boston. His shutout bid fell short when Johnny Boychuk scored with 2:30 left in the game.


Third Star: Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver Canucks

Samuelsson continued his tear Friday night with two goals and an assist in Vancouver's 7-2 win over Los Angeles. The Swede has at least one goal in five straight games and now leads all postseason goal scorers with seven.


Honorable Mentions


Goats of the night: Jonathan Quick & Erik Ersberg, Los Angeles Kings

It is bad enough when a team's goaltender gets pulled, but two? After Quick got yanked for giving up four goals on 21 shots, the same happened to Ersberg, who allowed two on four. Quick was thrown back into the game and gave up his fifth of the night.



Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:29 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Friday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 2, No. 1 Washington Capitals 1

Washington leads, 3-2

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of Montreal's first five shots, and the eighth-seeded Canadiens beat Alex Ovechkin 's Capitals 2-1 to extend their Eastern Conference matchup. Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 4, No. 6 Boston Bruins 1

Boston leads, 3-2

Buffalo built a three-goal lead on tallies by Adam Mair , Jason Pominville , and Mike Grier in the first 30 minutes and rebounded from a devastating loss, beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Friday to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 4, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 1

Detroit leads, 3-2

Jimmy Howard turned in another outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.  Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 7, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 2

Vancouver leads, 3-2

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 on Friday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series.  Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:05 am
 

Top line reunion sparks Wings

By Erin Brown

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is out of coach Mike Babcock 's doghouse and back on the ice.

Babcock shuffled his lines midway through Detroit's 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, reuniting Holmstrom with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen on the Red Wings' top line.

The change paid immediate dividends for Detroit, which got a go-ahead and insurance goal from the trio in a span of 70 seconds during the third period. It was Holmstrom who gave the Red Wings the lead for good when he struck 11:09 into the third period.

Known for his ability to be a pest in front of the net, Holmstrom was dropped to the team's fourth line after posting a minus-2 rating in Game 3. He saw just eight minutes of ice time in Game 4.

"It's about winning," Babcock told the Detroit News prior to Friday's contest. "It's not about any individual's ice time. It's about winning and getting people that we think are going to help us on the ice."

Friday night, Holmstrom managed to do both.

Posted on: April 24, 2010 12:39 am
 

Goaltending gone bad

By Erin Brown

The Vancouver Canucks may not be able to stop the Los Angeles Kings' power play, but they're outstanding when it comes to chasing  netminders.

The Kings pulled goaltender Jonathan Quick 13:31 into the second period after he allowed his fourth goal on 21 shots. Erik Ersberg took over in net and did not face a shot for the rest of the period.

In the third, however, Ersberg allowed two goals on four shots. Coach Terry Murray brought him back to the bench and returned Quick to the net.

A little more than three minutes after getting back on the ice, Quick surrendered another goal.

Posted on: April 23, 2010 8:56 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 3-1)

• Capitals using deep roster to take lead on Canadiens. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens trying to take loose approach for elimination game. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Bruins remembering the past, so they don't repeat it. [ Boston Herald ]

Marc Savard's progress continues, but not ready to suit up. [ Boston Globe ]

Sabres doing their best to keep hope alive for Game 5. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Canucks' Mikael Samuelsson and Sedin twins making beautiful music. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Canucks don't practice Thursday, spend day with reporters. [ Vancouver Province ]

• After losing Game 4, Kings look for another chance to pull ahead. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

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

• Coyotes defensemen Sami Lepisto enjoying playoff experience. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Game 5 the turning point for Red Wings, Coyotes. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 5 Ottawa Senators vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins (Penguins lead 3-2)

Matt Carkner and Pascal Leclaire save Ottawa's season. [ Ottawa Sun ]

Sidney Crosby says the Penguins defense plays with a lot of guts. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins forced to sweat out video reviews. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead 3-2)

Logan Couture enjoying coming-out party during playoffs. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks' impressive victory leaving fluke goal in the past. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs offense an empty tank in Game 5 against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Series tied 2-2)

• Desperate Blackhawks grind out victory to tie series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Brian Campbell finally back in action. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators forward Jordin Tootoo suffers injury after getting hit with puck in face. [ The Tennessean ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 2 New Jersey Devils (Flyers won 4-1)

• Flyers goalie Brian Boucher puts past performance behind him. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Patrik Elias, rest of Devils stunned after being eliminated. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

Posted on: April 23, 2010 2:25 am
 

Three Stars: April 22

By Erin Brown

First Star: Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers

Boucher made 28 saves to record his second career postseason shutout and propel the Flyers to a series-clinching 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.


Second Star: Matt Carkner, Ottawa Senators

Carkner helped the Senators avoid elimination with his first career playoff goal 7:06 into triple overtime of Ottawa's 4-3 Game 5 win over Pittsburgh.


Third Star: Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks needed a victory and momentum following a tough start to this series and Couture provided it with two goals in San Jose's 5-0 win over Colorado.


Honorable Mentions


Posted on: April 23, 2010 1:49 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Thursday's games

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

Pittsburgh leads, 3-2

Matt Carkner scored at 7:06 of the third overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, forcing a sixth game in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 0

Philadelphia wins, 4-1

Brian Boucher 's series-clinching shutout and Ian Laperriere 's battered and bloodied face are the only pieces of evidence necessary to show why the Philadelphia Flyers are moving on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Recap | Stats

 

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 3, No. 7 Nashville Predators 0

Series tied, 2-2

Patrick Sharp scored his first two goals of the postseason, and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 and tied their opening series at 2-2 Thursday. Recap | Stats

 

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 5, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 0

San Jose leads, 3-2

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots to record his seventh career playoff shutout, Logan Couture scored twice and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 Thursday to take a 3-2 edge in their series. Recap | Stats


 
 
 
 
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