Tag:Western Conference Semifinals
Posted on: May 1, 2010 11:53 pm
 

Three Stars: May 1

By Erin Brown

First Star: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Luongo finished with 36 saves, including 17 in the first period of Vancouver's 5-1 win over Chicago.


Second Star: Marc Savard, Boston Bruins

Playing in his first game in two months, Savard scored in overtime to give Boston a 5-4 win over Philadelphia.


Third Star: Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers

Richards rallied the Flyers in the second and third periods, scoring a goal and two assists in Philadelphia's 5-4 overtime loss.


Honorable Mentions

  • Mason Raymond , Vancouver Canucks: one goal, one assist
  • Daniel Briere , Philadelphia Flyers: one goal, one assist
  • Patrice Bergeron , Philadelphia Flyers: one goal, one assist

Posted on: May 1, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

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No. 6 Boston Bruins 5, No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4 (OT)

Boston leads, 1-0

In his first game in almost two months, Marc Savard scored on a delayed penalty 13:52 into overtime on Saturday to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Recap | Stats

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 5, No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 1

Vancouver leads, 1-0

Roberto Luongo made 36 saves and the Vancouver Canucks showed why they were the Western Conference's top scoring team this season, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 Saturday in the second-round series opener. Recap | Stats

Posted on: May 1, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:24 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 12:30 p.m.

• Flyers looking to take Game 1 in series' first dance. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins, Flyers have different styles, but get ready for a great fight. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m.

• Blackhawks know its all about stopping the twin duo of Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin . Henrik scored a career-high and NHL-leading 112 points. Daniel amassed a career-best 85 points in just 63 games.No team's top line boasts the same combination of firepower and hockey ESP, but then no top line features two players who literally have grown together since birth. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault waiting to last minute to pick fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 1-0)

• As Penguins move the puck more, the more effectively they have been on the power play. It's no surprise that the Penguins were four-for-four in the 6-3 victory over the Canadiens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Jordan Staal injured, likely out for some time for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' Josh Gorges says don't blame goalie Jaroslav Halak . [ Montreal Gazette ]

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

• It didn't take long for Sharks coach Todd McLellan to start sparring with Detroit counterpart Mike Babcock . Babcock stirred things up with his accusation after Game 1 that Devin Setoguchi embellished the Red Wings penalty that led to San Jose's winning goal, punctuating his charge with a geographic reference that made it more personal. "You're from Western Canada," Babcock said, "don't do that crap." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Johan Franzen starting to hid stride for Red Wings. [ Detroit Free Press ]


Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:37 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.

Jaroslav Halak had one of the biggest task of all. The goalie not only got pulled from Game 3, then was forced to sit the bench for Game 4. But he came back the final three games against the Capitals and stopped 131 of 134 shots to lift the Canadiens to victory. "We're going to try, probably, a different approach on how to score goals than Washington did and, hopefully, have a little bit more success against a guy who's playing very well with a lot of confidence," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins have their eye on Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens have little time to bask in first-round victory over No. 1 seed. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

As difficult as it might be for the Flyers, they have to focus on the series at hand. In the NHL, you can't get caught looking ahead, especially when you never know who will win the other series. Then eighth-seeded Canadiens won three games in a row and, just like that, the Flyers were booking hotel space in Boston instead of D.C. "When it was 3-1, obviously you think Washington is going to close it out," Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said Thursday. "It just goes to show you the parity in this league. Anything can happen on any night." [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Danny Briere enjoying his time on and off the ice as playoffs continue. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is being asked alot during playoffs. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Get ready for the most intense series yet. The Blackhawks and Canucks publicly have expressed their mutual disdain. Draw a bulls-eye on the back of Ryan Kesler , who called Hawks forward Andrew Ladd a coward. Odd comment on the heels of Ladd getting the best of the Vancouver center in a middleweight bout. Hate. Then hate some more. Some of this intolerance is real. Some of it is manufactured. But either way, get ready for one amazing series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Adam Burish expects fun, physical series vs. Canucks. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' Henrik Sedin never imagined he'd have chance to win Hart. [ Vancouver Sun ]

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

Joe Pavelski lived up to his nickname -- The Big Pavelski -- in Game 1 with two goals and assisting on another in the Sharks' Game 1 win over the Red Wings. But with all the plays he has made in the playoffs, it might be time for a new nickname. "He's hungry," Thornton said. "Right now he always seems to be on the puck." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov has rough night with all traffic in front of the net. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• In loss to Sharks, Red Wings' Dan Cleary scores first point of playoffs. [ Detroit Free Press ]


Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:40 am
 

Three Stars: April 30

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

San Jose's leading scorer during the conference quarterfinals continued his tear, scoring two goals and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. His third-period power play goal is his third game-winner in four games.


Second Star: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

Boyle registered his third multiple-point game of this postseason with three assists in San Jose's win.


Third Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings

Franzen extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.


Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:30 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Thursday's game

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

San Jose leads, 1-0

Joe Pavelski picked up where he left off in the first round by scoring two goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory Thursday over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the second-round Western Conference series. Recap | Stats


Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:22 am
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks makes a save late in the third period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 12:10 am
 

Sharks show focus, bite early in Game 1

By Erin Brown

If the first period of Game 1 is any indication, the San Jose Sharks are ready to bite off the head of that playoff monkey on their back.

Check out some of the first period stats for the Sharks:

• They scored three goals in 79 seconds, setting a new franchise record for fastest three goals in a playoff game.

• They dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 30 (60 percent) draws.

• They outhit the Red Wings, 20-9, with Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton leading the way with four hits apiece.

San Jose couldn't keep up the pace over the next two periods, but did just enough to hang onto a 4-3 victory.

Joe Pavelski continued his postseason tear with two goals and an assist. Evgeni Nabokov finished with 20 saves, including a clutch stop on Nicklas Lidstrom with 19 seconds to play. San Jose's big guns, often pinpointed for their absence during the postseason, are producing. Dan Boyle finished with three assists and Dany Heatley chipped in a goal and an assist. Thornton also registered a helper.

There is still a lot of hockey to be played in the series, but for one night at least, the Sharks can avoid criticism of an unfocused and shaky start.

 
 
 
 
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