Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 18, 2010 4:59 pm

Coyotes' Doan leaves with injury

By Erin Brown

The Phoenix Coyotes have lost the heart of their for the rest of Game 3.

Shane Doan left the game early in the second period to an "upper body injury" and is unlikely to return.

The Coyotes captain crashed the net and got tangled with Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Doan tumbled over netminder Jimmy Howard and into the boards. Doan was slow to get up and grimaced on his way to the Phoenix bench. He eventually headed to the team's locker room.

Through the first two games, Doan recorded two points and a league-leading 15 hits for the Coyotes.

Posted on: April 18, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2010 3:41 pm

Wings to be fined for octopus twirl?

By Erin Brown

As is playoff tradition in Detroit, fans tossed octopi on the ice prior to Game 3 of the Phoenix Coyotes-Detroit Red Wings contest.

What happened after could be costly for the Red Wings.

As the cephalopods were brought to the Zamboni tunnel, Joe Louis Arena building operations manager Al Sobotka grabbed one, stepped onto the ice and twirled it over his head. He lost control of the octopus, which landed on the ice behind the Coyotes' net.

Opposing general managers complained about Sobotka's tradition in the past, saying guts fly all over and stick to the ice. The NHL banned the action during last year's playoffs and informed the Red Wings they would be fined $10,000 for further octopi twirls.

Sobotka, the team's Zamboni driver since 1971, said then he would not continue the action.

"I don't have [the money], for one," Sobotka told the Detroit News last April. "And I don't think the Red Wings are going to pay it. So we'll have to obey the rules."

So now we're left wondering -- are the Wings willing to foot the bill since it is the first home playoff game of 2010 or has the NHL softened its stance on scattered octopi matter?

Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:08 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 2 New Jersey Devils at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 6 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Flyers center Jeff Carter by lack of production. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers hope fans, home-ice advantage will help take series against Devils. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Devils prepare for shift to Philadelphia, look to matchup better in Game 3. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Ottawa Senators, 6:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Pittsburgh's Alexei Ponikarovsky painful looks to score in Game 3. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Senators look to control Sidney Crosby as series shifts to Ottawa. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• When things get crucial, look for Pittsburgh's Max Talbot to contribute. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 8 Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Avs Rob Blake has become Public Enemy No. 1. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Colorado third-line winger Kevin Porter is out for Game 3. [ Denver Post ]

Paul Stastny's ties with dad go back a long time. [ Denver Post ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Nashville leads 1-0)

• Predators look to win another game on road, take commanding lead. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi looks to shake off fluke from Game 1. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks look for a change in strategy for Game 2. [ Chicago Tribune ]

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 3 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Coyotes looking to ruin Red Wings day with a Game 3 win. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Mike Emrick says Phoenix could make a great Cinderella story. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Red Wings seemed more inspired, intense in Game 2. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

Alex Ovechkin gets energized and so do the Capitals. [ Washington Post ]

• Goaltending questions face Capitals for rest of the series. [ Washington Times ]

No. 3 Buffalo vs. No. 6 Boston (Series tied 1-1)

• No luck of the bounces this time for Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Buffalo News ]

Zdeno Chara's hit a huge moment in the series for Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Leading-scorer Thomas Vanek's injury a huge blow to Sabres. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Series tied 1-1)

• Kings the better, and smarter, team, thanks to Rob Scuderi. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Anze Kopitar helps push Kings past Canucks. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 2:03 am

Three Stars: April 17

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom posted a four-point night, including a hat trick. Backstrom's first sparked Washington's rally to overcome a 4-1 deficit, his second squared it at four apiece and his third was the overtime game-winner.

Second Star: ★ ★ Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

It isn't often a three-goal night goes to waste, but that's exactly what the Canadiens' did with Kostitsyn's effort. The first of his playoff career, Kostitsyn's hat trick was the first by a Canadiens player since 1993.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar's two points came at crucial times for the Kings, who knotted their series with the Vancouver Canucks. Kopitar set up teammate Wayne Simmonds on a 3-on-1 to the tie game at two apiece, then scored his first career playoff goal in overtime.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals

For the second straight year, Theodore entered as Washington's No. 1 goaltender and failed to get through the second game. He allowed goals on the first two Canadiens shots and was pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov. Theodore becomes the first goalie since Ed Belfour in 1990 to allow two goals on two shots in a playoff game.

Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:39 am

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

No. 6 Boston Bruins 5, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Series tied, 1-1

In cracking the Buffalo Sabres' third-period lockdown, Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara scored two minutes apart and led the Bruins to a 5-3 comeback victory on Saturday that tied the first-round, Eastern Conference playoff series at 1. Recap | Stats


No. 1 Washington Capitals 6, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Nicklas Backstrom completed a hat trick by scoring only 31 seconds into overtime, helping the top-seeded Capitals finish a Wild comeback to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 Saturday night and even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 3, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Anze Kopitar scored on a power play 7:28 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday, tying the Western Conference series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 1:24 am

A late-night duel worth staying up for

By Erin Brown

If you are a fan of goaltending duels, it pays to be a night owl.

The Vancouver Canucks-Los Angeles Kings matchup is shaping as a goaltending clinic put on by Roberto Luongo and Jonathan Quick .

Through two games, Luongo and Quick have played evenly, each posting a league-leading 2.21 goals-against average. Quick, however, gets the edge in save percentage. He tops all postseason goaltenders with a mark of .928, while Luongo is fourth at .915.

Whereas other series have involved at least one meltdown by a netminder thus far, Luongo and Quick have been downright stubborn in letting pucks get through. And that's pretty impressive given the offensive talent they're facing from players like Vancouver's Henrik Sedin or Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar among others.

Unfortunately, since all the games in this series begin at 10 p.m. and the first two have gone to overtime on both occasions, those needing to be up early for work likely are missing out on some great netminding.

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:02 am
Edited on: April 17, 2010 1:11 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 3 Buffalo at No. 6 Boston, 1 p.m. (Buffalo leads 1-0)

Bruins looking to create top-of-the-crease chaos for Game 2. [ Buffalo News ]

• Injured Jochen Hecht hopes to be back for next series. [ Buffalo News ]

• Boston looking for more hits, better shots in Game 2. [ Boston Herald ]

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 8 p.m. (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Excited Alex Ovechkin says he'll settle down for Game 2. [ Washington Times ]

• Ovechkin blames himself for Game 1, says he must play better. [ Washington Post ]

• Canadiens known they haven't won series yet, focused on Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Kings looking to put first-time nervousness behind them. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Vancouver's Aaron Rome is day-to-day, hopes to play in Game 2. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Calm defensemen Alexander Edler having big impact against the Kings. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

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

• Game 2 was a watershed game for Sharks' playoff hopes. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Evgeni Nabokov allows five goals, but comes up big late for Sharks. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs Rob Blake should be suspended for hit on T.J. Galiardi . [ Denver Post ]

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

• Devils rookie Matt Corrente plays well in playoff debut. [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• Flyers goalie Brian Boucher saving best for the playoffs. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Guys like Claude Giroux coming up big are what playoffs are all about. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (Nashville leads 1-0)

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi has disappointing Game 1. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Nashville finally gets some lucky playoff bounces in series opener. [ The Tennessean ]

• Predators sign on to stay in Nashville until 2012. [ The Tennessean ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Series tied 1-1)

• Penguins fans shouldn't be mocking goalie Marc-Andre Fleury . [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

Andy Sutton 's crushing hit on Jordan Leopold gets Pens going. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott determined to play better next game. [ Ottawa Sun ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Red Wings get best out their best players to earn Game 2 win. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Phoenix's Shane Doan getting physical against Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Detroit's Daniel Cleary promises to step up play. [ Detroit News ]

Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:16 am

Three Stars: April 16

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby played a role in both goals in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over Ottawa. He struck 8:45 into the first period to erase Ottawa's early lead, then set up Kris Letang on the game winner with a superb effort trying to elude Jason Spezza. He even preserved Pittsburgh's lead with a goal-line poke check late in the game.

Second Star: ★ ★ J.P. Dumont, Nashville Predators

Dumont scored two third-period goals in Nashville's 4-1 win, its first playoff victory on the road in team history. His first knotted the game and his second put the Predators ahead for good.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Zetterberg recorded his first career postseason hat trick. His second goal, which came with 6:06 to play, ended up being the game-winner in Detroit's 7-4 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

Doan earned third-star honors in Phoenix, but it is hard to overlook the role he played in killing the Coyotes' chance at a comeback. With his team already trailing 5-4, Doan was called for interfering with Nicklas Lidstrom. Detroit ended up scoring on the power play.

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