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Daily Playoff Rundown - 5/24/10

by chewy 24. May 2010 10:03
 

 

4 Stars

#1 - Dustin Byfuglien (F - CHI) - Byfuglien is getting used to being the hero in Chicago.  For the third time in four games, he tallied the game winning goal.  Byfuglien leads the Hawks with 8 goals in the playoffs.

 

#2 - Antti Niemi (G - CHI) - He only faced 18 shots on the night, but was good enough on 16 of them to help close out the series with a sweep.

 

#3 - Patrick Marleau (F - SJ) - Say what you will about Thornton and Heatley, but clearly no blame can be placed on upcoming UFA Marleau for the Sharks failures.  He scored a critical short handed goal to tie the game up in the second period.  Marleu finished the playoffs with 8 goals in 14 games.

 

#4 - Kris Versteeg (F - CHI) - Versteeg finished the night with 2 points, assisting on one and adding an empty netter to close out the scoring.

 

Injury Update:

  • Duncan Keith lost some teeth in game 4, but returned almost immediately, not missing a shift
  • Andrew Ladd played just 2 minutes on the night after leaving the game.  No word on his injury.

 

Player Notes:

  • Evgeni Nabokov played a decent game and kept the Sharks in every one of their 4 losses.  He finished the playoffs with a respectable 2.56 GAA, having possibly played his last game in Black and Teal, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks.

Daily Playoff Rundown - 5/23/10

by chewy 23. May 2010 06:31
 

The Canadiens have been written off many times this postseason, but this time, it looks like its for good.  There isn't much cause for hope in Montreal after the Flyers completed their 3rd shutout of the series.

 

4 Stars

#1 - Michael Leighton (G - PHI) - For the third time in four games, Leighton was perfect in net for Philadelphia.  He only saw 17 shots on the night, but stopped every one of them.  Leighton's numbers since taking over for the injured Boucher have been unspeakable.

 

#2 - Claude Giroux (F - PHI) - Giroux scored the opening goal in the second and added an empty netter to seal the victory for the Flyers.

 

#3 - Ville Leino (F - PHI) - Leino also stepped up for Philly, scoring a beauty on a breakaway.

 

#4 - Chris Pronger (D - PHI) - Pronger was dominant on the night, shutting down the Montreal offense, as he logged over 31 minutes and contributed with a great setup on Leino's goal.

 

Injury Update:

  • Jeff Carter  returned for the Flyers and played about 14 minutes, getting 4 shots on goal
  • Ian Laperriere also returned for Philadelphia after missing 10 games due to concussion

 

Player Notes:

  • Tomas Plekanec hasn't scored a goal in 12 games.
  • Jaroslav Halak played well in the loss, stopping 22 of 24 shots he faced.

Daily Playoff Rundown - 5/22/10

by chewy 22. May 2010 07:06
 

Last night, San Jose went down 3-0 in the series to Chicago.  While Sharks fans can draw on Philly's comeback win last series for inspiration that anything is possible, the reality is, there's a huge difference between Boston and Chicago.  The Sharks may hang on for a game or two, but Chicago can start selling Game 1 tickets for the Finals whenever they please.

 

4 Stars

#1 - Dustin Byfuglien (F - CHI) -Once again, Byfuglien was the hero in Chicago, scoring the game winning goal in overtime on a one-timer from the slot.

 

#2 - Antti Niemi (G - CHI) - Niemi stood tall once again, stopping an amazing 44 shots, while surrendering just 2 goals in the win.

 

#3 - Patrick Marleau (F - SJ) - Marleau was dominant last night for the Sharks as he scored 2 goals for the 2nd straight game.

 

#4 - Dave Bolland (F - CHI) - In addition to holding Thornton in check most of the night, Bolland contributed with a beautiful goal and added an assist.

 

Injury Update:

  • Jeff Carter is still doubtful for game 4 today, but hasn't ruled it out.
  • Ian Laperriere may return for the Flyers in game 4

 

Player Notes:

  • Jonathan Toews extended his point scoring streak to 12 games with 2 assists on the night.  He now leads the league with 25 points and is an easy favorite for the Conn Smythe.
  • Despite the loss, Evgeni Nabokov played a great game, stopping 35 of 38 shots.

Daily Playoff Rundown - 5/21/10

by chewy 21. May 2010 08:05
 

 

4 Stars

#1 - P.K. Subban (D - MON) - Subban had the best playoff game of his young career last night.  He recorded three assists and even got up in the face of Chris Pronger a time a two.  Subban has been one of the biggest stories coming out of Montreal this postseason.  His playoff performance thus far has given him considerable value for next season's fantasy draft.

 

#2 - Jaroslav Halak (G - MON) - The goalies in the Eastern Conference finals continue to trade blows.  Last night, it was Halak's turn to shine, as he stopped 25 of 26 shots for the victory.

 

#3 - Dominic Moore (F - MON) - Moore continues to bring it all for Montreal.  He has been providing timely scoring throughout the playoffs, and that trend continued as a he gathered a goal and an assist.

 

#4 - Michael Cammalleri (F - MON) - Cammalleri kicked things off for the Canadiens, breaking Leighton's shutout streak half way through the first period with an impressive goal.  He extended his NHL-best total to 13 goals.

 

Injury Update:

  • Andrei Markov is officially done for the playoffs, and will even miss the first month or so of next season
  • Jeff Carter is back to practicing with the team.  No official time has been determined for his return.

 

Player Notes:

  • Michael Leighton's shutout streak came to a crashing halt, as he allowed 5 goals on 38 shots in the loss.
  • Simon Gagne once again provided goalscoring for the Flyers, giving him 7 in just 11 games.
  • Joe Thornton is heating up the conversation, saying the he finds Chicago forward Dave Bolland "easy to play against".    He said "I'm a pretty big guy and he's a little guy."  It's good to see Thornton manning up at a critical point in the series.

Daily Playoff Rundown - 5/19/10

by chewy 19. May 2010 08:30
 

4 Stars

#1 - Michael Leighton (G - PHI) - Leighton stopped all 30 shots he faced for his second straight shutout since replacing Brian Boucher.  His shutout streak now stretches to 165 minutes.  Leighton has an astounding 0.87 GAA in 5 games this postseason.

 

#2 - Patrick Marleau (F - SJ) - Marleau showed up for the Sharks, despite the loss.  He registered 2 goals on just 2 shots and was on the ice for more than 23 minutes.

#3 - Antti Niemi (G - CHI) - Niemi stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced to help Chicago claim game 2 in San Jose.  Niemi's GAA is down to 2.41 in the playoffs.

 

#4 - Jonathan Toews (F - CHI) - Toews had a goal and an assist against the Sharks.  That extends his point streak to 11 games, and leads all scorers with 23 points.

 

 

Player Notes:

  • Evgeni Nabokov struggled in net for game 2.  He allowed 4 goals on just 22 shots.
  • Ville Leino added two points for the Flyers, with a goal and an assist on the night.
  • Danny Briere scored his 9th goal of the playoffs, as he continues his recent scoring frenzy.

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