Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:27 am
 

Luongo playing with injured glove hand?

By Erin Brown

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo may have injured his glove hand.

The apparent injury occurred during the second period of Game 3. Los Angeles Kings winger Ryan Smyth leaped in the air to avoid a shot. When he landed, the blade of his right skate came down flush on top of Luongo's glove.

A trainer came out to check the Canucks goale, who was cringing. Luongo did not appear to be cut and stayed in the game.

Luongo may be favoring the hand, though and the Kings wasted little time trying to find out. On one of the first rushes after the incident, Smyth aimed a slap shot at Luongo's glove. Rather than grabbing the puck, the goaltender used it more like a blocker to knock the shot aside.

Update (11:31 p.m.): Luongo allowed two goals in 62 seconds during the second period. Both Kings goals came on Luongo's glove side. He has been pulled in favor of Andrew Raycroft .
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:27 pm
 

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. (Series tied 1-1)

• Capitals need to go back to Jose Theodore for Game 3. [ Washington Post ]

Jaroslav Halak shies away from war of words with Capitals [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens arleady exceeding expectations against one of league's best. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

Sabres look to reload without leading-scorer Thomas Vanek. [ Buffalo News ]

Steve Montador says Buffalo is ready to take on Bruins in Boston. [ Buffalo News ]

Steve Begin and Vladimir Sobotka provide Boston with grit. [ Boston Globe ]

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

• Goalie Jonathan Quick's first playoff victory was historic for Kings. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson goes from playoff newcomer to impact player. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Canucks hope to change their anemic road record from regular season. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Despite penalties, Flyers were the ones smiling at the end of Game 3. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils getting close to joining Rangers on sideline. [ New York Post ]

• Devils rookie Mark Fraser does his best to shake off nerves. [ New York Post ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead 2-1)

• Penguins can't help but remember 2007 trip to playoffs vs. Senators. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Evgeni Malkin and Max Talbot working well together. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins Stars too much for Senators to handle in Game 3. [ Ottawa Sun ]

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

• San Jose's 'Wrong Way Boyle' gives Avs victory in Game 3. [ Denver Post ]

• Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson truly was awesome. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks' Dany Heatley scratched with undisclosed injury. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

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

• Predators miss Patric Hornqvist net crashing against Blackhawks. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks get the message from coach Joe Quenneville. [ Chicago Tribune ]

Dave Bolland gives Blackhawks what they're looking for -- production. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Coyotes lead 2-1)

• Coyotes show grit, toughness without Shane Doan and Vernon Fiddler. [ Arizona Republic ]

Mike Babcock, Red Wings sticking with Jimmy Howard in goal. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Coyotes Czech Line comes up big with two key goals in third period. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:53 am
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:39 pm
 

Three Stars: April 18

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche

Anderson made 51 saves in Sunday's win over the San Jose Sharks, setting an NHL playoff record for most saves without allowing a goal in regulation. The shutout was the first of his postseason career.


Second Star: ★ ★ Antti Niemi, Chicago Blackhawks

Niemi rebounded from a shaky Game 1 start, making 23 saves in a 2-0 whitewash of the Nashville Predators. Eleven of his saves came in the third period.


Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Daniel Carcillo, Philadelphia Flyers

Despite logging a little more than seven minutes of ice time, Carcillo recorded the game-winning goal in overtime and an assist in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over New Jersey.


Honorable Mentions


Goat of the night: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

After his team dominated the Avalanche during regulation, outshooting them 50-15, Boyle's pass to Douglas Murray ended up in his own net, giving Colorado the 1-0 win and 2-1 series lead.



Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:19 am
 

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 2

Phoenix leads series, 2-1

Overcoming the loss of captain Shane Doan and another key player, Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata scored midway through the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 4-2 victory and a 2-1 series lead. Recap | Stats

 

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 2

Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Malkin scored his third playoff goal, and Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats

 

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3, No. 2 New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)

Philadelphia leads series, 2-1

Daniel Carcillo scored 3:35 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference series. Recap | Stats

 

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

Series tied, 1-1

Antti Niemi , a rookie, didn't dwell on his first playoff game two nights earlier when he gave up two goals, one on a bouncing puck in a 4-1 loss in the series opener. That loss put Sunday night's game into the must-win category for the Blackhawks with Games 3 and 4 in the Western Conference series slated for Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday. Recap | Stats

 

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 1, No. 1 San Jose Sharks 0 (OT)

Colorado leads series, 2-1

Ryan O'Reilly was credited with a bizarre goal 51 seconds into overtime following an errant clear by defenseman Dan Boyle , giving the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 victory against San Jose on Sunday night and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference series. Craig Anderson was simply splendid in net all night, stopping 51 shots. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:41 am
Edited on: April 19, 2010 1:22 am
 

Sharks' dominating effort derailed by own goal

By Erin Brown

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle cemented his place in blooper videos for years to come.

Boyle broke a 0-0 tie 51 seconds into overtime by shooting the puck past Evgeni Nabokov into his own net. Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly received credited for the goal.

The snafu came after a dominating performance by the Sharks. San Jose outshot Colorado 50-15 in regulation, with 42 of those coming over the the final two periods.

Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson 's 50 saves without allowing a goal during regulation set an NHL record.



Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:57 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:39 am
 

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi blocks a shot by Nashville Predators' Martin Erat during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Chicago. Niemi became the first Blackhawks player since Ed Belfour on April 19, 1996 to record a postseason shutout. (AP)


Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:42 pm
 

Hawks hard to beat when Kane rolls

By Erin Brown

When Patrick Kane racks up points, the Chicago Blackhawks often pick up wins.

Kane recorded his fifth multiple-point game of his playoff career Sunday night in a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators. He registered an assist on Dave Bolland 's eventual game-winner, and added an insurance goal early in the third period.

Chicago improved to 4-1 in the playoffs when Kane gets at least two points. During the regular season, the Blackhawks were 15-8 when Kane recorded two or more points.

The former first-overall pick now has 11 goals and 17 points in 18 postseason games.

Kane's multi-point playoff games
Date Opponent Goals Assists Result
April 18, 2010 Nashville 1 1 W, 2-0
May 11, 2009 Vancouver 0 3 W, 7-5
May 2, 2009 Vancouver 1 1 W, 6-3
April 30, 2009 Vancouver 2 0 L, 5-3
April 27, 2009 Calgary 1 1 W, 4-1
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:40 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Sharks' Heatley not in lineup for Game 3

By Erin Brown

The San Jose Sharks will be without Dany Heatley for Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup against the Colorado Avalanche.

Heatley is out with an undisclosed injury and day-to-day.

Manny Malhotra will fill in for Heatley on San Jose's top line, which includes Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau .

The Sharks' third leading scorer during the regular season with 82 points, Heatley has one assist and a minus-2 ratings through two playoff games.


 
 
 
 
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