Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 23, 2010 12:57 am

Avs pull Anderson

By Erin Brown

The San Jose Sharks have solved Craig Anderson . In doing so, they have chased him from the net.

The Colorado Avalanche pulled Anderson with 9:23 left in the third period. The starter allowed four goals on 33 shots. He was replaced by Peter Budaj , who allowed a goal a little less than three minutes later.

Anderson came into Thursday's Game 5 leading postseason goaltenders with a .948 save percentage. His 2.11 goals-against average ranked fifth.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:55 pm

Niemi difficult to beat after a loss

By Erin Brown

Fictional "SlapShot" goaltender Denis Lemieux felt shame for taking penalties. Chicago Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi must feel the same following a loss.

Niemi rebounded from Tuesday's Game 3 loss with a 3-0 triumph over the Nashville Predators Thursday night. It marked the second time this postseason he followed a loss with a shutout win.

The rookie has shown an uncanny ability to rebound promptly after a bad game.

During the regular season, the Finnish netminder went 8-1-1 after a loss. Four of those victories were shutouts. When including the postseason, Niemi is 10-2-1 with six shutouts.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:38 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Complete Bracket & Schedule

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. (Flyers lead 3-1)

• Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello says results vs. Flyers are unacceptable. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• It's win or die time for the Devils against Flyers in elimination game. [ New York Post ]

• Aggressive Flyers must block out injury woes for Game 5. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 3-1)

• Penguins victory in Game 5 would set up much needed rest. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins' Bill Guerin holding up his end of the bargain. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators goalie Brian Elliott wants a shot at redemption. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Avalanche need more offensive chances against Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

• Avs hopes riding high despite injuries to Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller . [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Joe Pavelski making name with clutch goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m. (Predators lead 2-1)

• Blackhawks' Stars looking at themselves for lack of offense. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' line changes coming to hopefully give team a spark. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators defense and goaltending keeping Blackhawks out of the net. [ The Tennessean ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Russian duo Semyon Varlamov and Alex Ovechkin lift Caps. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals get into Montreal goalie's head, forcing Carey Price to fold late. [ Washington Post ]

• Montreal's Hal Gill says game is decided by inches. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Bruins lead 3-1)

• Boston's Miroslav Satan finds spot past Ryan Miller in victory. [ Boston Globe ]

• Game 4 provides thrills worth a double take. [ Boston Globe ]

• Down 3-1, Sabres now have no room for error. [ Buffalo News ]

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

Henrik Sedin provides Canucks with a Hollywood ending. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Gary Bettman dismisses complaints about disallowed Canucks goal. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• A look inside the lives of Kings' fans in the Die-Hard section. [ Los Angeles Times ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Hot goalie Jimmy Howard gives the Red Wings a boost. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings' penalty kill improves after Game 1 fiasco. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes and fans need perspective, but not overhaul. [ Arizona Republic ]

Posted on: April 22, 2010 2:40 am

Three Stars: April 21

By Erin Brown

First Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin scored with 2:52 left in the game to give Vancouver the lead for good in its 6-4 win over Los Angeles. Sedin also registered an assist.

Second Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin led the Capitals with two goals and an assist for his second multiple-point effort in three games.

Third Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom tallied a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating in Washington's 6-4 win over Montreal.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Drew Stafford, Buffalo Sabres

Stafford jumped on the ice a little to early for a shift during overtime, leading to a too many men on the ice penalty for the Sabres. Boston's Miroslav Satan scored the game-winner the ensuing power play to give Boston a 3-2 victory.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 2:05 am
Edited on: April 22, 2010 2:07 am

Wraparound: A recap of Wednesday's games

Complete Bracket & Schedule


No. 6 Boston Bruins 3, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 2 (2OT)

Boston leads series, 3-1

Miroslav Satan scored a power-play goal after Buffalo was called for having too many men on the ice in the second extra period, and the Bruins beat the Sabres 3-2 at 27:41 of overtime on Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Recap | Stats


No. 1 Washington Capitals 6, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3

Washington leads series, 3-1

Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 8:51 left, sending Washington to a 6-3 victory Wednesday and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 6, No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 4

Series tied, 2-2

Henrik Sedin scored the go-ahead goal with 2:52 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks scored four times in a Wild third period to even the first-round series with a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 22, 2010 1:36 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 12:58 am

Samuelsson's consistency keeps Canucks afloat

By Erin Brown

Mikael Samuelsson does not talk about what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. He shows how it is done.

Samuelsson scored his fifth goal of the playoffs Wednesday night, sparking a third-period comeback by the Vancouver Canucks in their 6-4 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. The tally matched Samuelsson's career-high.

"I don't think I have to be that vocal -- that comes from the coach," Samuelsson told the Vancouver Province prior to the start of the series. "If they need me, maybe I'll do it but I've got to show by example."

Samuelsson has been the most consistent Canucks forward through four games, with goals in each contest as well as an assist in Game 3. He shares the league lead for goals with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg .

It is a complete reversal for the Swede, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. Samuelsson finished up last year's postseason with a 10-game goal drought.

The difference? The winger has played more prominent role Samuelsson plays in Vancouver's offense and he is letting his stick is do all the talking.

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:29 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Capitals lead 2-1)

• Canadiens' Carey Price ready to start in net for Game 4. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a star in the making. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals spend off day working on struggling power play. [ Washington Post ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-1)

Dennis Wideman and Mike Grier working well together for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek not likely to play in Game 4. [ Buffalo News ]

Lindy Ruff lets Sabres know to finish and not forget anything. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. (Kings lead 2-1)

• Canucks' Roberto Luongo says he's fine despite struggles. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Alain Vigneault believes Canucks are ready for this moment. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings enjoying series lead, heading into Game 4 at home. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 3-1)

• After winning Game 4, Penguins create some space between elimination. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Injury-plagued Chris Kunitz contributing in playoffs. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators clearly weren't happy with the referees. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Flyers lead 3-1)

• In the duel of goalies, Brian Boucher is outplaying Martin Brodeur. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Peter Laviolette, Flyers on verge of steamrolling the Devils in first round. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils offensive struggles continue against Flyers. [ New York Post ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Series tied 2-2)

• Sharks get redemption in Game 4, but still not scoring enough goals. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton remain upbeat. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Another draining overtime game, this time won by the Sharks. [ Denver Post ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Series tied 2-2)

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard rebounds with a shutout. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Without Shane Doan, it was the Red Wings who were the aggressor. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes get a break, but it doesn't help in Game 4. [ Denver Post ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Predators lead 2-1)

Shea Weber leads tough Predators defense in Game 3. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Jonathan Toews gets surprise, wasn't named finalists for the Selke Trophy. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Leading-scorer Patric Hornqvist remains out of Predators lineup. [ The Tennessean ]

Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:50 am

Three Stars: April 20

By Erin Brown

First Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby recorded four points, scoring two second-period goals and picking up assists on two others in Pittsburgh's 7-4 win over Ottawa. He now leads the postseason scoring race with 11 points.

Second Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

Howard registered his first career postseason shutout with a 29-save effort in Detroit's 3-0 win over Phoenix.

Third Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Sharks fans can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Pavelski, who scored the game-winner 10:24 into overtime. The 2-1 win for San Jose knots their series with Colorado at two wins apiece.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Brian Elliott, Ottawa Senators

Elliott became the latest goaltender to get yanked in mid-game. After making 13 saves in the first period, Elliott allowed three goals on five shots in the second.

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