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NHL Game Day Preview: Lightning-Penguins, Rangers-Capitals, Blackhawks-Canucks, Predators-Ducks

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Game 1: 3-0 Pittsburgh

Game 2: 7:00 Friday

Notes: After heading into the third in a scoreless tie, the Penguins scored two goals in 18 seconds that made the difference in Game 1… Pittsburgh’s 25th-ranked power play went 0-for-6 in Game 1… Tampa Bay had only one power play opportunity in the opening game… Martin St-Louis had two root canals Wednesday night after breaking three teeth from a Zbynek Michalek high stick - he will play in Game 2.

Quote worthy:
"You've got to get up. Sometimes it makes you mad and hopefully you get one on the next chance.” - Alex Kovalev, who scored Game 1’s first goal after slowly getting up from a Pavel Kubina trip.

STARS OF THE SERIES (THN star points in parenthesis)

1. Marc-Andre Fleury (3)

2. Dwayne Roloson (2)

3. Alex Kovalev (1)

What they’re saying in Tampa Bay: Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times writes about the lessons learned by Steven Stamkos in his first post-season NHL game.

What they’re saying in Pittsburgh: Expect the Pens’ top four defensemen to play a lot in Game 2, writes Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Poll:Who will win Game 2?


Game 1: 2-1 Washington (OT)

Game 2: 7:30 Friday.

Notes: After being held goalless (and to only two assists) in last year’s opening round loss to Montreal, Alex Semin scored the overtime-winner and had an assist in Game 1… Six of the eight total penalty minutes in Game 1 occurred in the first period… The Capitals blocked 32 shots in Game 1, the most in 29 post-season games under coach Bruce Boudreau… Alex Ovechkin led all players with six shots and six hits in Game 1… Henrik Lundqvist has a career 14-17 record in the NHL playoffs.

Quote worthy:
"We need to get more scoring chances. We've got to think ‘shot’ more. Our blueline, especially, has to think ‘shot.’ And the quicker you get it off, maybe they're going to be out of line." - Rangers coach John Tortorella.


1. Alex Semin (3)

2. Henrik Lundqvist (2)

3. Alex Ovechkin (1)

What they’re saying in New York: Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the probable return of the Christensen-Prospal-Gaborik line in Game 2 will create offense at the expense of defense.

What they’re saying in Washington: Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times writes about the Capitals’ new-found shot blocking prowess.

Poll:Who will win Game 2?


Game 1: 2-0 Vancouver

Game 2: 10:00 Friday

Notes: The Canucks won Game 1 of last year’s six-game showdown against Chicago, but ended up losing the series… Roberto Luongo had a 1.76 GAA in his last 26 regular season starts… Luongo’s Game 1 shutout was the second of his playoff career… The Sedins were held scoreless in Game 1 and both had less ice time than Alex Burrows… Marian Hossa led all players with six shots in Game 1… Chris Campoli, Ryan Johnson, Troy Brouwer and Ben Smith were the only Hawks who didn’t get a shot in Wednesday’s game… Dave Bolland missed Game 1 and won’t play Game 2.

Quote worthy: "We're going to try to hit those guys any chance we get. Those guys are playing a ton of minutes. Any time you get to bump them, it's going to wear them down. That goes a long ways in a long series." - Vancouver’s Tanner Glass on getting physical with Chicago’s stars such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.


1. Ryan Kesler (3)

2. Roberto Luongo (2)

3. Jannik Hansen (1)

What they’re saying in Chicago: Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times writes what the Hawks have to do to win Game 2.

What they’re saying in Vancouver: Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province writes about Alex Edler’s dominant physical play.

Poll:Who will win Game 2?


Game 1: 4-1 Nashville

Game 2: 10:30 Friday

Notes: Corey Perry had five shots and was minus-1 in Game 1… The Ducks got in Pekka Rinne’s face in the third period in an effort to throw the Predators goalie off his game and is a storyline to watch in Game 2… Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan combined for two shots and a minus-2 rating in Game 1… Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and Nashville right winger Sergei Kostitysn didn’t practice Thursday, but both are expected to play… With Game 1’s win, Pekka Rinne has four wins and no losses against Anaheim this season - the Ducks’ only win over Nashville came against backup Anders Lindback… Ducks coach Randy Carlyle hasn’t announced who his starter will be for Game 2.

Quote worthy: "He's one of those guys, when you think it's an empty net, it's not. He's the reason Nashville is where they are. He's so quick down low. When he goes down, his bowed legs touch either post and his glove hand is one of the quickest." - Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne on fellow Finn and Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.


1. Mike Fisher (3)

2. Pekka Rinne (2)

3. Shea Weber (1)

What they’re saying in Nashville: Josh Cooper of The Tennessean writes Game 1 scratch Colin Wilson is itching to get back into the lineup to prove himself.

What they’re saying in Anaheim: Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register writes the key to this series for the Ducks is being able to figure out Pekka Rinne.

Poll:Who will win Game 2?


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