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post #21 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-24-2009, 11:59 AM
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Shades of Curt Schilling. Martin Brodeur overcame a bloody ankle and put the New Jersey Devils on the verge of eliminating the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brodeur overcame a first-period skate cut and tied Patrick Roy's NHL record for playoff shutouts at 23, making 44 saves in New Jersey's 1-0 victory over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Brodeur was fortunate to escape a much more serious injury after colliding with Chad LaRose about 20 feet in front of the net going for a loose puck. LaRose's skate blade hit the back of Brodeur's ankle and caused a 4-inch cut.

Brodeur stayed in the game despite the pain and the blood.

"It cut right through my sock," Brodeur said. "It was more of a bruise. It's not like it sliced. It just hit me. At first I wasn't sure because I could see the blood. When you get cut by a skate, you don't know what's going on. I'm not that tough. I probably wouldn't have continued if I had to take stitches."

Schilling made bloody ankles famous during the 2004 playoffs against the Yankees when he pitched Game 6 of the ACLS with a bloody sock.

This stage wasn't as big, but Brodeur was just as good in getting even with the Hurricanes just 48 hours after losing Game 4 on a last-second goal by Jussi Jokinen on a play he felt he was the victim of goalie interference.

The anger Brodeur displayed after that game was rare, smashing his stick against the boards.

However, he was totally focused Thursday in giving New Jersey a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

New Jersey can eliminate the Hurricanes on Sunday in Carolina. If a seventh game is necessary, it would be here Tuesday night.

"I think it was one of the good ones that I played," Brodeur said. "I felt really good. I was on top of it. Again, I'll have to erase everything tomorrow, but I am happy about it."

Cam Ward was almost as good, stopping 41 shots. David Clarkson provided the only goal with a rare power-play goal for New Jersey.

"There was a lot of opportunities both ways -- shot for shot," Ward said. "Marty made the saves, now we've just got to find a way. We are down 3-2 here, our backs are against the wall and there is a must win on Sunday. We've got to be excited to come to the rink to play on Sunday. We can't be scared."

Jokinen came closest to scoring against Brodeur. His deflection in the second period, hit off the goal post, bounced off Brodeur's rear end and was on the goal line when Brodeur got a glove on the puck.

LaRose had three outstanding chances, including two in the final period. He was stopped on a 1-on-1 with Brodeur after skating through the defense with 8:35 left and again in the slot with 4:21 to go.

Brodeur made his last save in the final minute, stopping Whitney on a slap shot.

Fast Facts

• Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy for the most playoff shutouts in NHL history (23) with 44 saves in a critical Game 5 win.

• David Clarkson scored the lone goal of the game on a power play in the second period, his second of the series.

• Andy Greene and Patrik Elias were credited with assists.

• Cam Ward was nearly as impressive as Brodeur for Carolina, with 42 saves in the loss.

• This was the fourth straight one-goal game of the series.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

When the game ended the crowd was shouting "Mar-tee! Mar-tee!"

"It's nice but it's all about winning," Brodeur said. "Playing with a great team, shutouts will happen when you play so many games. It's a lot more dramatic in the playoffs, there are second efforts everywhere. There are a lot of flukey goals. It makes it difficult to get shutouts."

Clarkson, who tied the game 3-all Tuesday, scored at 11:22 of the second period with Patrick Eaves serving a tripping penalty.

Defenseman Andy Greene, who was in the lineup because Bryce Salvador suffered a knee injury Tuesday, took a shot from the right point that Clarkson deflected past Ward.

"My job was pretty easy there," Clarkson said. "I just stand in front of the net. Greeny had an unbelievable shot and I luckily got a stick on it.

The Devils were 1-of-19 on the power play in the series when Clarkson converted.

Ward kept Carolina in the game midway in the third period with a snapping glove save on a blast by Zach Parise.

"If you took all the video of all the chances for both teams and stopped it just short of the two guys standing in the pipes, you'd think that this would've been 7-6," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.

Notes: Canes LW Sergei Samsonov missed the game because of an undisclosed injury. D Anton Babchuk, who had four power-play goals in the regular season vs. the Devils was a healthy scratch. Dwight Helminen replaced Samsonov. Tim Conboy, who played in Game 1, took over for Babchuk. ... Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner missed his third straight game because of a lower-body injury. Salvador was out with a knee injury. ... The Canes were 0-for-5 on the power play and they are 1-for-19 in the series.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils - Recap - April 23, 2009 - ESPN
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PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers were determined and desperate, angry at themselves for being on the brink of elimination against the team that embarrassed them while ending their season a year ago.

The Pittsburgh Penguins might want to go looking for that same desperation, now that they've let the Flyers back into a series that appeared to be over.

Arron Asham and Claude Giroux, role players on a team filled with goal scorers, got the first two goals as the Flyers avoided elimination by beating the Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night to force Game 6 in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

"There's no more excitement and challenge to be down in a series and know there's no tomorrow," said Flyers goalie Martin Biron, who made 28 saves in his second career playoff shutout.

After winning 2-1 in Philadelphia despite being outshot 46-26 on Tuesday night, the Penguins were in position to finish off the Flyers in Game 5 on home ice for a second successive season, just as they did by winning 6-0 to decide the Eastern Conference finals last season.

Not so fast -- and the Penguins weren't, their speed and skill negated by the Flyers' desperation and a clampdown defense led by Biron.

"That was the message before the game, that we needed Marty to be great," coach John Stevens said.

The Flyers still have a huge challenge, as they are 0-13 in series after trailing 3-1, and they haven't forced a Game 7 since losing to Edmonton in the 1987 Stanley Cup finals. But they can do that if they win Game 6 on Saturday in Philadelphia.

"We had an opportunity to get that fourth win. It's something we wanted to do as quickly as possible and we had a chance to do it at home," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We knew they were going to be battling for their lives."

Should the Flyers win Saturday, the pressure shifts back to Pittsburgh, which hasn't blown a 3-1 series lead in 34 years.

"We're still down in the series," said Mike Knuble, who scored the Flyers' final goal in the third period. "All we can do is force another game in Philly. We achieved that goal, but they're going to be ready for us. Maybe they'll feel a little more threatened. Maybe they didn't feel threatened up 3-1."

The Flyers managed to keep it scoreless despite being outshot 15-5 in the first period and then got the all-important first goal when their fourth line outworked the Penguins' Sidney Crosby-led first line for Asham's goal. They put it away when Giroux and the Flyers' third line took advantage of another Pittsburgh mistake, a poor pass by defenseman Philippe Boucher, for Giroux's second of the series early in the third period.

"We were more excited to win than nervous to lose," Giroux said. "That's important. When you work hard, you get rewarded."

Marc-Andre Fleury, so strong in goal while making 45 saves in Game 4, couldn't save the Penguins in this one with their stars, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, shut down by the Flyers in a game that saved Philadelphia's season, at least for one more game.

The Penguins spent much of the first period pressing for the first goal that would have made their 110th consecutive sellout crowd even more of a factor but couldn't get it despite taking the final eight shots of the period.

Fast Facts

• The Flyers have won just three of their last 10 playoff games.
• Sidney Crosby's streak of playoff games with at least one point ended at eight.

• Mike Richards, who led the Flyers with 50 assists this season, has just three in his last 10 playoff games.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Instead, the Flyers did.

Bill Guerin tried to make a drop pass to Crosby as the Penguins' top line opposed the Flyers' No. 4 line. Daniel Carcillo intercepted and fed the puck ahead to Asham for a slap shot just inside the blue line that eluded Fleury to the glove side, at 6:32 of the second.

"He [Asham] was asked to go out and play a certain role and he gets a goal on a great shot," Biron said. "That really gives the guys a boost when you see that, the energy and emotion to keep the game going."

The Penguins sensed the momentum from the first period slip away when the Flyers got a goal not from one of their six scorers with 25 or more goals but a fourth-liner. Each player on that line -- Asham, Carcillo and Jared Ross -- has a goal in the series.

"Nobody told us it was going to be tonight," Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar said. "After the first goal, they were concentrating on playing well defensively."

Malkin appeared to have tied it less than two minutes later when he put in a rebound of Gonchar's slap shot from center point, but the goal was waved off because Malkin kicked the puck toward the net. The Penguins did not argue.

That might have been the break the Flyers needed to finally win in Mellon Arena, where they had lost their last five playoff games, and they took advantage of it to make it 2-0 when their third line scored.

Game notes
The Penguins made two lineup changes, playing forward Miroslav Satan and Boucher and benching forward Petr Sykora and defenseman Kris Letang. Satan hadn't played for Pittsburgh since being sent to the minors March 4. ... Biron is 3-7 against Pittsburgh in playoff games. ... Of the 229 teams to trail 3-1 in an NHL playoff series, only 20 rallied to win. Pittsburgh lost a 3-1 lead when it won the first three games against the Islanders in 1975 but then lost the next four.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - Recap - April 23, 2009 - ESPN
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In between Bobby Ryan's two electric goals in a 4-minute span of Game 4, Anaheim's remarkable rookie accidentally broke a big pane of glass between the benches.

The Ducks will soon find out whether they also shattered the top-seeded San Jose Sharks' will with their 4-0 victory Thursday night. Ryan has a feeling his underdog club is awfully close to that breakthrough.

"I don't think they certainly expected this," Ryan said. "We have said all along we're not your typical 8 seed. We think we belong in that upper echelon in the Western Conference. A roller-coaster year put us there, but we thought we could make some noise, and it's showing on their faces."

Jonas Hiller backed Ryan's scoring with 31 saves in his second playoff shutout as the Ducks rocked their rivals yet again, taking a 3-1 lead. Game 5 is Saturday night at the Shark Tank, where Anaheim already won twice in the first-round series.

Fast Facts

• Bobby Ryan scored twice in the second period and Anaheim tacked on two late goals to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Presidents' Trophy winners.

• Jonas Hiller had his second shutout of the series and second career postseason shutout.

• Ryan Whitney had one assist. He has an assist in every game of the series.

• The Ducks are one win away from winning their first playoff series since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.

• Joe Thornton's goal-less streak has reached 10 straight postseason games.

• San Jose has lost four of its last five playoff games.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Corey Perry had a late goal and an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists as the Ducks emphatically moved within one victory of becoming the eighth No. 8 seed to win an NHL playoff series since 1994.

Their dynamic top line of Getzlaf, Ryan and Perry again was relentless, ignoring the Sharks' defense and dominating puck possession. Ryan, the Ducks' 22-year-old Calder Trophy finalist, has four goals in the four-game series, while Getzlaf has five points.

When Anaheim also clamped down on Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the Sharks' top scorers, Hiller's job was relatively easy.

"They almost had no chance for rebounds," Hiller said. "I saw the puck quite well. ... I think everybody knows the fourth game is the most difficult to win. I think we showed a reaction tonight after the last game, where we were not happy how we played. Tonight, everybody was fighting and giving a little more."

Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves in another unspectacular effort for the Sharks. Although they won the Presidents' Trophy with a franchise-best 117 points, they're now one game away from the worst postseason flop yet in a recent history full of embarrassing faceplants.

San Jose was knocked out in the second round in each of the past three seasons, leading to coach Ron Wilson's firing. The Sharks have never advanced past the conference finals -- and unless their top two lines awaken from their four-game slumber, the franchise could be in for a wholesale overhaul.

"I'm not surprised that they were hungry. I'm disappointed that we weren't," said Todd McLellan, the Sharks' rookie coach. "That's the only word I can use: disappointed. I think our character was questioned tonight, and we'll have to see how we respond."

McLellan didn't single out any culprits, but a few were obvious: Thornton has just two assists in the series; Marleau has one goal after scoring 38 in the regular season; and San Jose's dependable second line of Joe Pavelski, Milan Michalek and Ryane Clowe has combined for three points, including no goals for Pavelski or Michalek.

"We have to find a way to score more goals," said Nabokov, whose save percentage for the series is below 90 percent. "When you're losing the series, a lot of things get questioned. Obviously, there's something they're doing right, and something we're not doing right."

Ryan was the NHL's rookie leader with 31 goals and 57 points despite not joining the Ducks until mid-November, and he's been just as good in the postseason. He was selected a Calder finalist Wednesday, although the modest American said he'd vote for Columbus goalie Steve Mason.

He opened Game 4's scoring early in the second period, dangling in the slot before beating Nabokov. Ryan was serenaded with chants of "Bobby! Bobby!" -- and moments later, his errant stick broke the glass, causing a roughly 20-minute delay.

Less than a minute after play resumed, Ryan found himself alone in nearly the same spot in the slot, where he slammed home a rebound of Perry's shot.

Drew Miller added an empty-net goal with 40.1 seconds left.

Game notes
Anaheim made the only roster adjustment for either team from Game 3, scratching C Petteri Nokelainen and putting Ryan Carter on the ice for the first time in the series. ... A 3.8-magnitude earthquake hit Orange County about 2 1/2 hours before game time, and an aftershock gently rocked the Honda Center between the first two periods. ... D Francois Beauchemin is the only other Ducks rookie to score two goals in a playoff game, doing it April 25, 2006, against Calgary.

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks - Recap - April 23, 2009 - ESPN
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After three easy victories, the Detroit Red Wings found themselves in a dogfight in Game 4 of their first-round playoff matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Luckily, the defending Stanley Cup champions saved up one last bit of magic -- and got some help from a controversial call.

Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 46.6 seconds left, giving the Red Wings a 6-5 victory and a series sweep over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The call that led to the man advantage was hotly disputed by the Blue Jackets, who were assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice. Replays showed that Fredrik Modin came on the ice and handled the puck while Jake Voracek was still a few feet from the bench.

Experience Rules

The Red Wings not only swept the Blue Jackets in their first-round series, they dominated. Detroit, the defending Stanley Cup champs, schooled playoff rookie Columbus. Here's a look:
Goals 18 7
SOG 140 110
PP goals 7 3
PIM 32 58
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said it was a picky call that decided the game.

"By the rulebook, it's probably the right call. By the circumstances of the game, I didn't like the call. ... Unless it's obvious, let's play," said Hitchcock, who said the third period had been loosely called to that point.

Marian Hossa had two goals, Nicklas Lidstrom and Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Cleary also scored for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who will await their conference semifinal opponent.

"It definitely was the hardest [game of the series]," said Hossa, who signed on with the Red Wings for one year solely to win a Cup. "We got lucky at the end when they had six on the ice."

Franzen scored on a rebound after Jiri Hudler skated along the goal line and had his shot blocked by goalie Steve Mason.

"It was a good move by Huds," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Anytime the pressures on at the end of a game, all you've got to do is take it to the net. That's what he did."

Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and Kris Russell each had a goal and an assist, and R.J. Umberger and Modin also scored for Columbus, making its first foray into the playoffs in the franchise's eight seasons.

"We were great. Our fans were great tonight," Nash said. "That was our best game by far. We proved to ourselves, we proved to the whole city, that we can keep up with them."

Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists for the Red Wings, who won a series on the road for the eighth straight time. Their last series-ending win in Detroit was in the 2002 Stanley Cup finals against Carolina.

The Red Wings had pounded the Blue Jackets by a combined 12-2 in the first three games.

With a rowdy crowd of 18,889 roaring on every Columbus hit, shot and save, the Blue Jackets finally gave their fans a taste of playoff intensity. The crowd stood for the entire third period.

Fast Facts

• Johan Franzen scored in the closing minute of a 5-5 game to end the Blue Jackets' first trip to the postseason.

• Marian Hossa scored twice for Detroit, and Brad Stuart had a pair of assists as the Red Wings advanced to the second round for the fifth straight season.

• The teams combined to score six goals in the second period -- four of which were scored by Columbus. Entering that period, the Blue Jackets had scored three goals in the entire series.

• The last time the Red Wings allowed that many goals in one period of a playoff game was Game 6 of the 2006 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Oilers.

• Detroit outshot Columbus 41-32 in this game.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We had a hard time putting them away," Franzen said. "This was their first playoff, so they wanted to play hard for the crowd."

Detroit led 3-1 after a period, but things got interesting as Columbus scored twice to tie it and then later came back from another two-goal deficit to head into the third period tied at 5.

"We had the game in a good situation there, but we made some mistakes," Babcock said. "Give them credit, they played with a lot of heart. And their fans were fantastic."

Rostislav Klesla's seeing-eye backdoor pass led to Nash's goal to cut it to 3-2. Columbus, last in the NHL all season on the power play, then converted its second man-advantage in two tries when Umberger skated in unimpeded from the left wing and slid a backhander past goalie Chris Osgood. Mason even assisted with a long stretch pass to initiate the rush.

The arena shook.

Hossa netted the next two goals -- his first of this postseason -- for a 5-3 lead. But the Blue Jackets didn't fold.

On a 2-on-1, Russell whistled a wrister past Osgood. Then defenseman Aaron Rome, inserted into the lineup because Jan Hejda was out after blocking a shot with his ankle, flipped two shots from the left point. The second led to a juicy rebound for Modin for an easy backhander.

"We got caught up in that emotional roller-coaster," Babcock said.

The last time Columbus scored four goals in a period? That was on March 7, when the Blue Jackets piled on the Red Wings 8-2 in Detroit in one of the benchmark games in franchise history.

Osgood's regular-season save percentage (.887) ranked 44th of the 47 goalies with enough starts to qualify statistically. His goals-against average (3.09) was 40th of 46.

But he had been money in the first three games, stopping 76 of the 78 shots he had seen. But by the end of Game 4, the crowd was taunting him with chants of "Oz-zie! Oz-zie!"

"We showed character all year," Hitchcock said. "It's never been a question for us."

Game notes
Osgood finished with 27 saves, Mason with 35. ... The Red Wings were 3-for-6 on the power play, Columbus finished 2-for-2. ... Detroit is the first defending Stanley Cup champion to simply win a playoff series of any kind since the Colorado Avalanche did seven years ago. One Cup winner didn't make the postseason the next year and the others all lost in the first round.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Recap - April 23, 2009 - ESPN
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Haha. My Penguins need to win the series already.
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NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner and defenseman Bryce Salvador are expected to miss Game 5 of the Devils' first-round playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Langenbrunner, who had a career-high 29 goals this past season, will miss his third straight game with a lower body injury suffered in Game 2.

Salvador hurt his left knee in the second period of the Hurricanes' 4-3 Game 4 win on Tuesday night. Andy Greene will replace him in the lineup.

Devils coach Brent Sutter said there is a chance Langenbrunner will return in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, which is tied 2-2 heading into Thursday night's game at New Jersey.

New Jersey Devils RW Jamie Langenbrunner misses Game 5 against Carolina Hurricanes - ESPN
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NEW YORK -- Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings are finalists for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.

The league announced the finalists Thursday. The winner will be revealed June 18.

Lidstrom is seeking his seventh Norris and fourth in a row. He ranks third among NHL defensemen in scoring with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists).

Chara is a finalist for the second straight season. He led a Bruins defense that allowed the fewest goals per game in the league.

Green led all defensemen in scoring with 73 points (31 goals, 42 assists) to become a finalist for the first time. He's the first defenseman to score 30 goals in a season since the Capitals' Kevin Hatcher in 1992-93.

Zdeno Chara, Mike Green, Nicklas Lidstrom finalists for Norris Trophy - ESPN
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TORONTO -- Calgary Flames forward Andre Roy has been suspended one game by the NHL after initiating contact with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Aaron Johnson during pregame warmups Wednesday night.

The league issued the suspension Thursday and Roy will miss Game 5 on Saturday. He will also be fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

The Flames won Wednesday night's game 6-4 in Calgary, sending the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series back to Chicago tied 2-2.

Calgary Flames forward Andre Roy suspended one game, will miss Game 5 - ESPN
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Defenseman Brent Burns is the latest Minnesota Wild player to have surgery since the season ended.

Burns had surgery on his right shoulder Thursday and the team said it went well. He'll stay in the hospital overnight and the shoulder will be immobilized up to a month, but Burns should be at full strength in time for next season.

The Wild also said Burns' post-concussion symptoms have "improved greatly."

Goalie Niklas Backstrom already had hip surgery since the season ended, and forward Derek Boogaard had shoulder surgery and forward Andrew Brunette knee surgery.

Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron will have surgery next week to address a disc problem in his back that bothered him occasionally last season. He'll need at least six weeks to recover.

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