Tag:Western Conference Quarterfinals
Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:13 am

Wraparound: A recap of Friday's games

A roundup of the night's action:

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 2, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 1

Series tied, 1-1

Sidney Crosby scored a goal, prevented one and his artful playmaking led to Kris Letang 's winner late in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference first-round series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

No. 2 New Jersey Devils 5, No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3

Series tied, 1-1

Dainius Zubrus powered his way in front and scored off his own rebound with 4:04 to play and the New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Friday to even the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

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

Nashville leads series, 1-0

J.P. Dumont called it a lucky goal. He flipped the puck at the net and after it bounced past surprised Chicago goalie Antti Niemi , it hit the post and went in. Dumont wasn't through, however. He finished off his impressive final period with the go-ahead score and the Nashville Predators added two empty-netters to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 for their first-ever road playoff victory. Recap | Stats

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 7, No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes 4

Series tied, 1-1

Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals, including the winner with 6:06 left, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4 on Friday to even the first-round Western Conference series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 6, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 5 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Devin Setoguchi deflected in a loose puck in front of the net for a power-play goal 5:32 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks rallied to even their first-round series, beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 in Game 2 on Friday. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 17, 2010 1:58 am

Setoguchi knots series with OT winner

By Erin Brown

Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley may have been pegged as the Sharks to watch this postseason, but going forward, keep an eye on Devin Setoguchi .

The winger recorded two goals Friday night, including the overtime winner in a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The teams are tied at one apiece in the series.

He now shares the team lead in points with three (two goals, one assist).

Setoguchi appeared to score midway through the third period. He crashed the net and knocked a loose puck in, but was whistled for goaltender interference.

Posted on: April 17, 2010 1:00 am

Game 2 a crucial win for Wings

By Erin Brown

Game 2 may not have seemed like a must-win for the Detroit Red Wings, but it was exactly that.

The Red Wings survived a see-saw battled with the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night, ultimately winning, 7-4.

Starting a series 0-2 is relatively uncharted territory for the Red Wings. Since 1995, they've dropped the first two games just five times. Detroit went on to lose the series in four of those scenarios.

But coming back from a Game 1 loss to tie the series? The results are drastically better. Detroit has rallied from an 0-1 deficit six times in the past 15 years and gone on to win five of those series.

Salvaging a series
Year Round Opponent Result
2010 Conf. Quarterfinal Phoenix ?
2007 Conf. Semifinal San Jose W, 4-2
2004 Conf. Semifinal Calgary L, 4-2
2002 Stanley Cup Final Carolina W, 4-1
1998 Conf. Semifinal St. Louis W, 4-2
1997 Conf. Final Colorado W, 4-2
1997 Conf. Quarterfinal St. Louis W, 4-2

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:41 pm

Dumont strikes twice against former team

By Erin Brown

J.P. Dumont reminded the Chicago Blackhawks what they gave up on 10 years ago.

The Predators winger scored two third-period goals, lifting Nashville to a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

It is definitely special," Dumont said. "It's the first playoff road win for us, too. That's the most important thing. "But it is always special when you play against your former team, especially in the playoffs."

Dumont erased Chicago's one-goal lead 91 seconds into the third period. His backhand shot from the right boards took an odd bounce in front of Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi and floated into the top corner.

"It was a lucky bounce, but we'll take it," Dumont said.

Dumont struck a little more than nine minutes later to put Nashville ahead for good.

Nashville secured the win with empty net goals by Jerred Smithson and Martin Erat in the final minute.

A first-round pick of the New York Islanders in 1996, Dumont joined the Blackhawks in a trade two years later. He made his NHL debut with Chicago in 1998 but failed to stick with the big club during a two-year stint. The Blackhawks traded him to Buffalo in March 2000.

In 72 games with Chicago, Dumont recorded 19 goals and 33 points.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:58 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:03 pm

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Members of the Chicago Cubs baseball team watch from a skybox as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. (Left to right, back row: Derrek Lee , Chad Tracy , Sean Marshall . Middle row: Alfonso Soriano , Jeff Baker , Geovany Soto , Tyler Colvin , Mike Fontenot . Front Row: Justin Berg , Randy Wells , Jeff Samardzija , James Russell , Carlos Silva , Carlos Zambrano .) (Getty Images)

Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:28 pm

Wings regroup, Yotes confident going into Game 2

By Erin Brown

CBSSports.com's Wes Goldstein is in Phoenix, Ariz. for the first two games of the Phoenix Coyotes-Detroit Red Wings series. We chatted Friday night prior to Game 2.

Brown: What is the mood like in the Red Wings' locker room?

Goldstein: Serious. I don't think they are rattled by a loss. And the Yotes are feeling pretty good. Confident, but not arrogant.

Brown: Did any of the Detroit players view the Game 1 loss as having to deal with something bigger than the game itself? (i.e. Phoenix not winning a playoff game at home in 10 years)

Goldstein: No. They don't get caught up in those kind of things. Nicklas Lidstrom told me he expected Phoenix to have a lot of emotion from the home crowd.

Brown: How are the Wings planning to deal with it for Game 2? Any major changes to the lineup?

Goldstein: Justin Abdelkader is in the lineup for Justin Williams .

Brown: How about the game plan?

Goldstein: Detroit wants to get more pressure down low. Mike Babcock says he wants the third and fourth lines to be "harder" on the puck. Dan Cleary will play with Darren Helm , and Babcock says he'll have Kris Draper , Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader on the fourth line.

Brown: And the Coyotes... you mentioned they are feeling more confident.

Goldstein: I think they're getting used to the underdog thing and having no one believe they can win. They are making it work for them.

Posted on: April 16, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 7:56 pm

Change overtime rules? Are you kidding?!

By Erin Brown

We used to have respect for Versus' coverage of the NHL until Friday night.

Prior to the start of the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game, they posed the following question to fans: Do you like the current playoff format?

Fans had the option of saying, yes, they liked the format or no, they prefer the format used during the regular season (5-minute overtime, followed by a shootout).

They're joking, right?

Playoff hockey is some of the most exciting action you'll see in all of sports. When games get to overtime, the intensity just magnifies with each passing second. Playoff hockey without the prospect of two, three, possibly four or five overtimes? Where's the fun in that?

Last night's Kings-Canucks game was a perfect example, with Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick making a glove save to snuff a 2-on-1, and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo matching him at the other end with a goal-line save.

What's your take? Do you like the playoff overtime rules the way they are, or would you prefer to see changes made?

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:49 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Ottawa leads 1-0)

• Ottawa's Milan Michalek is out for the season with a torn ACL. [ Ottawa Citizen ]

Sidney Crosby, teammates starting to hate Senators. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury hopes for rebound. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins see some room for improvement in Game 2. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins could give Ruslan Fedotenko the playoff hook. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

• Flyers not satisfied with one win in New Jersey. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Philadelphia's Chris Pronger making his presence felt on blue line. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire not worried about matching lines with Flyers. [ New York Post ]

• New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk vows for payback the rest of the series. [ New York Post ]

Andrew Peters and Vladimir Zharkov are healthy, but will they play? [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

• Nashville's David Legwand anticipates fresh start in playoffs. [ The Tennessean ]

• Nashville needs to find more scoring to keep up with Blackhawks' offense. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi doesn't let nerves get in way. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks, older and wiser, looking to make deep run in playoffs. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks need these five key players to step up in the playoffs. [ Arlington Heights Daily Herald ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Phoenix leads 1-0)

Justin Abdelkader to replace Jason Williams in lineup for Red Wings. [ Detroit News ]

• After getting beat up in Game 1, Red Wings plan to counter Coyotes' aggressive play. [ Detroit News ]

• Phoenix looking to continue hit parade in Game 2 vs. Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Public funds would back Phoenix Coyotes bidder Jerry Reinsdorf. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes believe they can win in overtime vs. Red Wings if needed. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Colorado leads 1-0)

• Colorado veteran John-Michael Liles turning into key player. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks coach Todd McLellan says series isn't a duel between himself and Joe Sacco. [ Denver Post ]

• A 2-0 Avalanche lead would almost certainly escalate the tensions. [ Denver Post ]

• Every series could be the last for Sharks star Patrick Marleau. [ Mercury News ]

• Sharks team looks like same old rerun instead of newness we were promised. [ Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Washington coach Bruce Boudreau not happy with Stars play against Montreal. [ Washington Times ]

• Capitals' Game 1 loss doesn't mark crisis, but is cause for concern. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals fans show their colors, flood city with red. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Buffalo leads 1-0)

• Bruins struggle to convert chances against Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek continues to stay hot late in the season. [ Buffalo News ]

• Buffalo's Andrej Sekera gets first chance to play in playoffs. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Despite loss, goalie Jonathan Quick gave Kings chance in overtime. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson not concerned about team's lack of experience. [ Vancouver Province ]

Terry Murray moves enforcer Raitis Ivanans up to the fourth line. [ Los Angeles Times ]

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