Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:26 am

Wraparound: A recap of Tuesday's games

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 0

Series tied, 2-2

Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout, Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal, leading Detroit to a 3-0 series-evening win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 on Tuesday. Recap | Stats


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 7, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 4

Pittsburgh leads series, 3-1

Sidney Crosby had four points, including two of Pittsburgh's five goals in the second, leading the Penguins to a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night and a 3-1 series lead. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 1

Philadelphia leads series, 3-1

Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to snap scoring funks and lead Philadelphia to a 4-1 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday and a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Recap | Stats


No. 7 Nashville Predators 4, No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 1

Nashville leads, 2-1

The Nashville Predators have their first 2-1 lead ever in an opening-round series. It's only fitting the first player they ever drafted played a key role. David Legwand was the No. 2 overall pick in 1998 when the franchise was getting started. Best known as a two-way player, he scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists as the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday and made some history. Recap | Stats


No. 1 San Jose Sharks 2, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1 (OT)

Series tied, 2-2

Joe Pavelski scored 10:24 into overtime and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots, giving the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and tying the series at two games apiece. All four games have been decided by a goal, the last three going into overtime. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:26 pm

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and teammate Ed Jovanovski look back at the puck during Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. A video review confirmed the puck, shot on net by Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula (not pictured), straddled the line as it slid through the crease. (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 11:08 pm

Atta Boyle!

By Erin Brown

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle wasted little time atoning for his gaffe.

Boyle scored 72 seconds into Tuesday's contest to give San Jose the early lead over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4. The blueliner teed up a slap shot in the left circle and fired it past Avs goaltender Craig Anderson .

Boyle scored on his own net in overtime Sunday night, giving Colorado a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead. The error came after a dominating performance by the Sharks, who outshot their opponent 50-15 in regulation.

Posted on: April 20, 2010 9:30 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 9:31 pm

Another clutch comeback for Detroit

By Erin Brown

The Detroit Red Wings can add another clutch comeback to their résumé.

Trailing 2-1 in its series with the Phoenix Coyotes, battle-tested Detroit posted its sixth straight Game 4 triumph.

Jimmy Howard made 29 saves for the first postseason shutout by a Red Wings rookie since Chris Osgood in 1996, and Henrik Zetterberg scored twice in Detroit's 3-0 win.

The Red Wings have not dropped a Game 4 decision to fall behind three games to one in a decade. That loss came to the Colorado Avalanche in the form of a 3-2 overtime decision on May 3, 2000.

The series rallies, however, have not always resulted in series wins. Detroit has lost two of its last five series when tying it at two apiece.

Clutch Comebacks
Date Opponent Round Game 4 Series
Apr. 20, 2010 Phoenix Conf. Quarterfinals W, 3-0 ?
May 7, 2009 Anaheim Conf. Semifinals W, 6-3 W, 4-3
May 2, 2007 San Jose Conf. Semifinals W, 3-2 (OT) W, 4-2
Apr. 27, 2006 Edmonton Conf. Quarterfinals W, 4-2 L, 4-2
Apr. 29, 2004 Calgary Conf. Semifinals W, 4-2 L, 4-2
Apr. 23, 2002 Vancouver Conf. Quarterfinals W, 4-2 W, 4-2

Posted on: April 20, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:08 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 6:30 p.m. (Coyotes lead 2-1)

Update: Doan out for Game 4 with upper-body injury

• Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom isn't what he used to be. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes' goalie Ilya Bryzgalov credits coach, teammates. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Defenseman Keith Yandle says it is no surprise the Coyotes are playing well. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. (Penguins lead 2-1)

• Penguins' Max Talbot rising his game at the right time. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators' forwards have lacked scoring punch, giving Pens the advantage. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Senators toast unless big guns start stepping up. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 2 New Jersey Devils at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (Flyers lead 2-1)

• It's not too late for Devils to turn tide, but they must win tonight. [ New York Post ]

• Devils say officials missed penalty call against Flyers in overtime. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• Series has been intense, but so far there hasn't been any nastiness. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 Nashville Predators, 9 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Predators hope to feed off fans' energy for Game 2. [ The Tennessean ]

Colin Fraser giving Blackhawks whatever they need. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Blackhawks know how to win on the road, ready for Nashville. [ Arlington Daily Herald ]

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

• Top-seeded Sharks eager to get back on ice after OT loss. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks veteran Milan Hejduk questionable for Game 4. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Columbine anniversary remembered by Sharks, Avalanche. [ Denver Post ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Capitals find the net and silence the Canadiens and their fans. [ Washington Post ]

• Second-period meltdown gives home-ice advantage back to Capitals. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• High-powered Capitals use Jaroslav Halak for target practice. [ Montreal Gazette ]

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

Mark Recchi spirited play helps Bruins take series lead. [ Boston Globe ]

• Symptom-free Marc Savard is able to begin skating for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's anemic power play is hurting team's chances to advance. [ Buffalo News ]

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

• Canucks forced to pull struggling Roberto Luongo in Game 3. [ Vancouver Province ]

• Canucks penalty killing is awful, allowing Kings to roll in Game 3. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Third season has been the charm for Kings' Michal Handzus. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Posted on: April 20, 2010 1:33 am

Three Stars: April 19

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Doughty scored his first career playoff goal and recorded three assists. His four points tied a Kings team record for most points by a defenseman in a playoff game, set by Paul Coffey in 1992.

Second Star: ★ ★ Michal Handzus, Los Angeles Kings

Handzus scored two power play goals a little more than eight minutes apart in the second period, and also registered an assist in Los Angeles' 5-3 win over Vancouver.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

The regular season goals-against average and save percentage leader, Rask closed out Patriots Day in Boston with a 32-save effort, including 12 in the final period.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

For as good as he was in Montreal's Game 1 win, he's been equally as bad over the last two games. Monday night, Halak allowed three goals on six second period shots and was given the hook.

Posted on: April 20, 2010 1:08 am

Wraparound: A recap of Monday's games

No. 1 Washington Capitals 5, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 1

Washington leads series, 2-1

Alex Ovechkin scored the fourth goal of Washington's second-period outburst, leading the Capitals to a 5-1 win over Montreal on Monday night and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Boston Bruins 2, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 1

Boston leads series, 2-1

Mark Recchi outmuscled 23-year-old Tim Kennedy and passed to Patrice Bergeron , who got off a quick shot from the low right circle. It was too quick for Sabres star goalie Ryan Miller . That goal with 7:03 left in the game broke a tie and gave Boston a 2-1 win on Monday night and a 2-1 lead over Buffalo in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoffs. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 5, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 3

Los Angeles leads series, 2-1

Michal Handzus scored two power-play goals, Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists, and the Los Angeles Kings chased Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo during a 5-3 victory over the Canucks on Monday night, taking a 2-1 series lead in their first home postseason game in eight years. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 20, 2010 12:32 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:39 am

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Wayne Simmonds , Drew Doughty , Rob Scuderi , Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings stand on the ice prior to taking on the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3, the first playoff game at Staples Center since 2002. (Getty Images)

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