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NHL Game Day Preview: Blackhawks aim to crash Canucks crease

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Game 1: 2-1 Capitals (OT)

Game 2: 2-0 Capitals

Game 3:
3:00 Sunday

Michal Neuvirth has stopped 46 of 47 shots in this series so far… The Capitals have blocked 53 shots in the series… Over the last nine games of the regular season and first two games of the playoffs, the Rangers power play is 1-for-31… San Avery returned to New York’s lineup for Game 2… Marc Staal and Dan Girardi (28:35, 28:15) are second and third in the league in time on ice so far in these playoffs… Brandon Dubinsky has been underwhelming and a target for hits from the Capitals… Washington is the least penalized team in the post-season through two games.

Quote Worthy: “When the hammer’s down, you just gotta keep going, cause they can easily steal two there and come back tied, so we gotta keep going.” – Washington’s Jason Chimera.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)

1. Alex Semin (3)

2. Brooks Laich (3)

3. Henrik Lundqvist/Jason Chimera (2)

What they’re saying in Washington: Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times writes that the Capitals are expecting New York’s best game of the year.

What they’re saying in New York: Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the Rangers need to put their best players together and start getting offensive, now.

Poll:Who will win Game 3?


Game 1: 4-1 Predators

Game 2: 5-3 Ducks

Game 3: 6:00 Sunday

Notes: Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan will miss Games 3 and 4 after being suspended for stomping on Jonathon Blum’s foot in Game 2… Brad Winchester or Matt Beleskey are expected to be inserted on Line 1 in place of Ryan… The Predators are 3-0 all-time when playing Game 3 on home ice… The Preds were 10-2-1 in their final 13 home games this season… Three of Anaheim’s six goals this series have come on the power play, two with a 5-on-3 advantage… After being our Black Hole in Game 1, Ryan Getzlaf was named first star of Game 2 with a three-point night… Ray Emery made his first playoff start in four years in Game 2 and turned aside 31 shots… Martin Erat lost four teeth after getting hit in the face by Sheldon Brookbank… Nashville’s three power play goals in the series is already more than they scored in their entire first round match with Chicago last season… Patric Honrqvist had nine shots in Game 2, setting a franchise record for Nashville… Randy Carlyle used his timeout early in Game 2 while his team had a two-man advantage and they scored twice.

Quote Worthy:
"That's not Bobby Ryan's style. This is a first time offence if anything, and...I'm surprised. I didn't even see it until after the game, was surprised to see what happened during the game. There's no place for that.” - Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Ryan’s stomp.


1. Mike Fisher (3)

2. Ryan Getzlaf (3)

3. Pekka Rinne/Corey Perry (2)

What they’re saying in Anaheim:
Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register writes about coach Carlyle’s smart move to call an early timeout in Game 2.

What they’re saying in Nashville: Bryan Mullen of The Tennessean writes the Predators have keyed in on power play success.

Poll:Who will win Game 3?


Game 1: 2-0 Canucks

Game 2: 4-3 Canucks

Game 3: 8:00 Sunday

Notes: After not getting a shot in Game 1, Blackhawks grinder Ben Smith had two goals in Game 2… Roberto Luongo looked strong early, but showed signs of struggling as Game 2 went on… Chicago had the fourth-best power play in the regular season, but are 0-for-5 through two games… Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have one assist between them and are a combined minus-10… Chris Campoli’s plus-3 is Chicago’s best… the Sedins were held pointless in Game 1, but came back with four points in Game 2… Alex Edler, who missed 31 games with a back injury, was a physical force for the Canucks… Mikael Samuelsson missed Game 2 with sickness, but is expected to return for Game 3… Raffi Torres didn’t skate Friday due to food poisoning, but is expected to return to the lineup after serving his suspension for a hit on Jordan Eberle of Edmonton… Toews played 22:04 in Game 2 and didn’t get a shot on net... Luongo had shutout the Hawks for 94 minutes and 50 seconds before Smith’s first Game 2 goal.

Quote Worthy: “Sometimes, you get away from doing the basic things. That’s how we scored on him. If everyone buys in, we’re going to get our goals and put pressure on him. We can’t let him see too many shots because he’s one of the best goalies in the world. We just need to keep crashing the net and we found a way to do it.” – Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg on Roberto Luongo.


1. Daniel Sedin (3)

2. Ryan Kesler (3)

3. Roberto Luongo/Alex Edler (2)

What they’re saying in Vancouver: Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province writes the Blackhawks will be looking to create traffic and second and third chances in front of Luongo to generate offense in Game 3.

What they’re saying in Chicago: Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune agrees and writes the Hawks will need to create traffic in front of Vancouver’s net to be successful.

Poll:Who will win Game 3?


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