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NHL conference final matchups

East final

Buffalo (1) vs. Ottawa (4)

Last playoff meeting: 2006, Buffalo won conference semifinal 4-1.

First round: Buffalo 4-1 over N.Y. Islanders; Ottawa 4-1 over Pittsburgh.

Second round: Buffalo 4-2 over N.Y. Rangers; Ottawa 4-1 over New Jersey.

Season series: Ottawa won 5-3 but three of their eight meetings were decided by a single goal and one went to a shootout.

Top playoff scorers: Buffalo-Daniel Briere 11 points (2 goals-9 assists), Chris Drury 10 (7-3), Dainius Zubrus 8 (0-8); Ottawa - Dany Heatley 14 (5-9), Jason Spezza 12 (5-7) Daniel Alfredsson 11 (6-5).

Playoff goaltending: Buffalo, Ryan Miller, 8-3, 2.07 goals-against average, .928 save percentage; Ottawa, Ray Emery, 8-2, 2.04, .919.

Power play: Buffalo 9-for-59; Ottawa 10-for-44.

Sabres quote: "The bad blood is there from before. We have a big rivalry with Ottawa. We always have tough games against them. We're looking forward to it." - Buffalo's Thomas Vanek.

Senators quote: "It's not deja vu as far as this team is concerned. This is a very different hockey club than last year." Ottawa coach Bryan Murray.


West final

Detroit (1) vs. Anaheim (2)

Last playoff meeting: 2003, Anaheim won conference quarter-final 4-0.

First round: Detroit 4-2 over Calgary; Anaheim 4-1 over Minnesota.

Second round: Detroit 4-2 over San Jose; Anaheim 4-1 over Vancouver.

Season series: Split 2-2.

Top playoff scorers: Anaheim - Chris Pronger 11 points (3 goals-8 assists), Ryan Getzlaf 7 (3-4), Samuel Pahlsson 7 (1-6); Detroit - Pavel Datsyuk 11 (5-6), Nicklas Lidstrom 11 (3-8), Henrik Zetterberg 8 (4-4).

Playoff goaltending: Anaheim, J.S. Giguere, 5-1, 1.28 goals-against average, .952 save percentage, Ilya Bryzgalov, 3-1, 2.09, .929; Detroit, Dominik Hasek, 8-4, 1.51, .930.

Power plays: Anaheim 9-for-55; 10-for-63.

Wings quote: "We feel pretty good about ourselves. I just hope we can keep our momentum going and our success going. We know we're playing another great team." - Detroit's Chris Chelios after the Wings eliminated the Sharks.

Ducks quote: "We weren't very sharp. It just seems we never really got into the groove of the games from a positive standpoint after that. Our focus has to be at the top of its game for the first period of the first hockey game. It was monumental last year that they were able to come into here and really stole the first two games. We didn't score. Our frustration level got up at times." - Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on his team's Game 1 loss to the Oilers in last year's Western Conference final.


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