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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 04/29/2011

NHL playoffs: Thursday roundup

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Canucks lead series 1-0)

Game 1: Canucks 1, Predators 0
Playing just two nights after their emotional Game 7 overtime victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Canucks showed no signs of exhaustion as they dominated play for much of the night and got all the offense they would need on Chris Higgins’second-period goal. Vezina trophy finalist Pekka Rinne was phenomenal in net for the visiting Predators, keeping his team in the game with 29 saves as Nashville was outshot 30-20. But Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who struggled mightily for much of the first round and was benched for Game 6, returned to form with his third career postseason shutout to help the Canucks to a sixth consecutive Game 1 victory - the longest active streak in the NHL.
Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler (L) and Kevin Bieksa (R) knock Nashville’s Martin Erat off the puck during the Canucks’ Game 1 victory. (ANDY CLARK - REUTERS)

Quote of the night: “We are a group that needs absolutely everybody and tonight we had too many passengers.” — Nashville Coach Barry Trotz on the Predators’ lack of effort in Game 1

Game 2: Saturday at Vancouver, 9 (Versus)

Game 3: Tuesday at Nashville, 9 (Versus)

Game 4: Thursday, May 3 at Nashville, 8:30 (Versus)

*Game 5: Saturday, May 7 at Vancouver, 8 (Versus)

*Game 6: Monday, May 9 at Nashville, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Wednesday, May 11 at Vancouver, TBD (Versus)

- Read the full story from Thursday’s Game 1

- Box score

- Only goalie Pekka Rinne showed up for the Predators in Game 1, giving the impression that the rest of the team failed to make the trip to Vancouver, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- It was a tumultuous but joyful 24 hours for Alex Burrows who became a first-time father exactly one day after his overtime goal propelled the Canucks into the second round (Vancouver Sun)

- Calling Keith Ballard’s clean hip check in Game 1 a penalty continues a baffling string of postseason penalty enforcement (and non-enforcement) that is changing the way players play, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- Predators are more spectators than spectacular in second round opener (Nashville City Paper)

- Pekka Rinne shines as Nashville drops Game 1 (Nashville City Paper)

- Nashville Coach Barry Trotz shows more fire in five-minute postgame press conference than Predators did in 60 minutes on the ice (Vancouver Sun)

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay

Game 1: Tonight at Washington, 7 (Versus)

Game 2: Sunday at Washington, 7 (Versus)

Game 3: Tuesday at Tampa Bay, 6:30 (CSN, Versus)

Game 4: Wednesday at Tampa Bay, 7 (CSN)

*Game 5: Saturday, May 7 at Washington, 12:30 (NBC)

*Game 6: Monday, May 9 at Tampa Bay, TBD (CSN, Versus)

*Game 7: Wednesday, May 11 at Washington, TBD (CSN, Versus)

Quote of the day: “If they don’t win, it’s a failure. It’s Goliath against David. That’s what it is. We’d better get our slingshots ready.” — Tampa Bay Coach Guy Boucher on the pressure facing the Caps. (Bruce Boudreau disagrees, naturally.)


Alexander Semin and the Caps are hoping to get the jump on Tampa Bay in Game 1 Friday night at Verizon Center. (Jonathan Newton - THE WASHINGTON POST)

- Chat live with Katie Carrera about Game 1 today at 1 p.m. right here

- After looking up at Tampa Bay in the standings for much of the season, the Caps once again must find a way to get past the Lightning to reach the conference finals

- Check out Katie’s full breakdown of this series between Southeast Division rivals

- Red-hot 41-year-old netminder Dwayne Roloson could be the Caps biggest concern in their matchup with the Lightning, writes Tarik El-Bashir in his latest On Hockey piece

- From Capitals Insider: The Caps know they’re up against a significantly more capable and explosive offense against the Lightning than they saw in Round 1

- More from the Insider: Washington must minimize its turnovers against the opportunistic counter attack of Tampa Bay

- Video: The Caps are ready to face the Lightning in their second-round series

- The wounds from Washington’s 2-0 collapse against the Lightning in the 2003 playoffs still linger and Tampa’s series win forever changed the course of both franchises, writes Box Seats fan blogger Kareem El-Alaily

- Box Seats fan blogger Ryan Cooper knows Caps-Lightning might not have the national appeal of Caps-Pens or Caps-Habs, but this type of series is how you build a rivalry

- From the D.C. Sports Bog: Comcast SportsNet looks at five of the greatest playoff moments in Caps franchise history

- Video: Are the Caps benefitting from their long lay-off or is too much rest a concern

- Lightning Coach Guy Boucher takes physical aim at Caps (St. Petersburg Times)

- For the first time since 2007-08, the Caps had to work to earn the Southeast Division title, adding more fuel to their budding rivalry with the Bolts (Tampa Tribune)

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 3 Boston

Game 1: Saturday at Philadelphia, 3 (NBC)

Game 2: Monday at Philadelphia, 7:30 (Versus)

Game 3: Wednesday at Boston, 7 (Versus)

Game 4: Friday at Boston, 8 (Versus)

*Game 5: Sunday at Philadelphia, 3 (NBC)

*Game 6: Tuesday at Boston, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday at Philadelphia, TBD (Versus)

- Chris Pronger’s welcome return to the lineup gives the Flyers a big, physical boost heading into their series with Boston (Philadelphia Inquirer)

- After finishing off Buffalo in seven games, the Flyers must quickly turn their focus to Boston - a team anxious for a shot at revenge (Philadelphia Inquirer)

- The Flyers have momentum. The Bruins have motivation. Welcome to the rematch. (Boston Herald)

- After coughing up a 3-0 series lead one year ago, the Bruins will no doubt have revenge on their minds as they take the ice against the rival Flyers (Boston Herald)

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit

Game 1: Tonight at San Jose, 10 (Versus)

Game 2: Sunday at San Jose, 3 (NBC)

Game 3: Wednesday at Detroit, 8 (Versus)

Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Detroit, 7 (Versus)

*Game 5: Sunday, May 8 at San Jose, 8 (Versus)

*Game 6: Tuesday, May 10 at Detroit, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday, May 12 at San Jose TBD (Versus)

- San Jose has an ever-so-slight edge on the Red Wings entering their conference semfinal series, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- The Sharks are too similar to the Red Wings to become Detroit’s next great rival, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Drew Sharp

- More from Sharp: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard needs to shake off the rust early and step up once again

- With his series-clinching goal, Joe Thornton took a significant step toward erasing his reputation as a postseason underachiever (San Jose Mercury News)

- A year after losing four one-goal games in a five-game loss to the Sharks in the conference semifinals, the Red Wings are rested and ready for their shot at redemption (Detroit Free-Press)

- Sharks and Red Wings renew their postseason rivalry Friday night (San Jose Mercury News)

- More from the Free-Press Johan Franzen trying to work his way back for Red Wings

*if neccessary

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:12 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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