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05/07/2013 01:52 AM

Preview: Canucks (0-0) at Sharks (0-0)

Date: May 07, 2013 10:00 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan sees no need to remind his team of the precariousness of a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Sharks nearly squandered that advantage the last time they held it, needing the full seven games to eliminate Detroit in the second round two years ago.

With many of the same core players still around, McLellan is content to let past experience serve as the teaching tool heading into Game 4 of the series on Tuesday night at the Shark Tank.

``We just left it alone,' McLellan said. ``Our group is mature enough. They should know what's coming, what to expect and how to respond.'

Given the comments coming out of the dressing room on Monday, it's clear McLellan is correct. Players echoed the mantra that the fourth win in a series is always the hardest and insisted nothing had been won yet despite a decisive 5-2 win in Game 3 that followed two narrow victories in Vancouver.

``I was here when we went through that and we let a team back into a series,' center Logan Couture said. ``Obviously it went seven games. We were fortunate to win it. We let them back in. That's something we don't want to do. We want to put them away in Game 4.'

There's one big difference from that series two years ago when the Sharks eked out three straight one-goal wins to build their cushion over the Red Wings. Their edge over the Canucks so far has been more convincing, especially in the 5-2 thrashing on Sunday.

The power play clicked to tie a franchise record with three goals, the defense kept pressure off goaltender Antti Niemi and the Sharks showed discipline to stay out of the penalty box even when the game got testy.

The Canucks feel there is another factor: embellishment.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa singled out Couture and Sharks captain Joe Thornton for exaggerating contact to draw penalties. Bieksa said Couture flails every time he is touched and blamed Thornton for taking off his glove and shaking his wrist to draw a slashing penalty on Dan Hamhuis that led to a 5-on-3 goal that opened the scoring Sunday.

``Those are two Canadian guys that are supposed to be playing the game with integrity,' Bieksa said. ``Maybe our team has to do more of that. Maybe we have to sell calls.'

The Canucks have earned quite a reputation for embellishment themselves over the years with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows considered two of the main violators.

In fact, Kesler crumbled to the ice grabbing his throat after taking a high stick from Patrick Marleau on the helmet strap Sunday. Kesler quickly recovered and stayed in the game for the ensuing power play.

The Sharks had eight power plays in Game 3, while Vancouver got only two chances with the man advantage.

``That's always something we talk about especially when they have a potent power play like they have,' Marleau said. ``At playoff time you have to try to stay disciplined and not let your emotions get the better of you sometimes after the whistle with pushing and shoving.'

The talk of diving may have been a tactic to divert the conversation from Vancouver's brutal recent playoff past.

After beating the Sharks in the Western Conference finals and taking a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup finals over Boston two years ago, the Canucks have been downright abysmal in the postseason.

Vancouver has lost nine of its past 10 playoff games, having also fallen behind 3-0 in the opening round a year ago to Los Angeles before being eliminated in five games.

The Canucks have 15 goals in that span as a normally potent offense led by the Sedin twins has disappeared of late in the postseason.

``There's some good chances there 5-on-5,' coach Alain Vigneault said. ``So far we haven't been able to put the puck in the net. I have to believe that for one game we can do it.'

The other big question for the Canucks comes in goal where former starter Roberto Luongo played well the first two games in place of the injured Cory Schneider before Vigneault made a switch from Game 3.

Schneider allowed five goals on 28 shots and was replaced after giving up three in the opening 4:07 of the third period.

Luongo stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief and has a .915 save percentage in this series.

Vigneault said he has made a decision about his starter for Tuesday, but won't announce it until after he tells the players.

The focus now is on figuring out how to beat the Sharks four straight times after losing the first six meetings between the teams this season.

``I believe we can win one game,' Vigneault said. ``We haven't beaten the Sharks once this year. I believe we can do it tomorrow.'

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05/07/2013 01:10 PM

2013 NHL Playoff Results

May 6, 2013

NHL First Round

-- Home teams are 15-8
-- Favorites are 15-8 straight up
-- Favorites that won are 8-7 on the puck-line
-- The Under has gone 13-6-4

Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

Minnesota Chicago (-270) 2-1 (OT) Favorite Under (5)

Los Angeles St. Louis (-125) 2-1 (OT) Favorite Under (5)

Detroit Anaheim (-145) 3-1 Favorite Under (5)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Toronto Boston (-180) 4-1 Favorite Push (5)

NY Islanders Pittsburgh (-220) 5-0 Favorite Under (5.5)

San Jose (+120) Vancouver 3-1 Underdog Under (5)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ottawa (+125) Montreal 4-2 Underdog Over (5)

NY Rangers Washington (-130) 3-1 Favorite Under (5)

Los Angeles St. Louis (-130) 2-1 Favorite Under (5)

Detroit (+120) Anaheim 5-4 (OT) Underdog Over (5)

Friday, May 3, 2013

NY Islanders (+200) Pittsburgh 4-3 Underdog Over (5.5)

Ottawa Montreal (-135) 3-1 Favorite Under (5)

Minnesota Chicago (-250) 5-2 Favorite Over (5)

San Jose (+115) Vancouver 3-2 (OT) Underdog Push (5)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

NY Rangers Washington (-125) 1-0 (OT)
Favorite Under (5)

Toronto (+170) Boston 4-2 Underdog Push (6)

Anaheim (+110) Detroit 4-0 Underdog Under (5)

St. Louis Los Angeles (-145) 1-0 Favorite Under (4.5)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pittsburgh (-170) NY Islanders 5-4 (OT) Favorite Over (5.5)

Chicago Minnesota (+145) 3-2 (OT) Underdog Push (5)

Montreal Ottawa (-135) 6-1 Favorite Over (5)

Vancouver San Jose (-145) 5-2 Favorite Over (4.5)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Boston (-130) Toronto 5-2 Favorite Over (5)

Washington NY Rangers (-145) 4-3 Favorite Over (5)

Anaheim Detroit (-130) 3-2 (OT) Favorite Push (5)

St. Louis Los Angeles (-140) 4-3 Favorite Over (4.5)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Pittsburgh NY Islanders - - -
Montreal Ottawa - - -
Chicago Minnesota - - -
Vancouver San Jose - - -

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Boston Toronto - - -
Washington NY Rangers - - -
Los Angeles St. Louis - - -
Detroit Anaheim - - -

Thursday, May 9, 2013
NY Islanders Pittsburgh - - -
Ottawa Montreal - - -
Minnesota Chicago - - -
San Jose Vancouver - - -

Friday, May 10, 2013
Toronto Boston - - -
NY Rangers Washington - - -
Anaheim Detroit - - -
St. Louis Los Angeles - - -

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Pittsburgh NY Islanders - - -
Montreal Ottawa - - -
Chicago Minnesota - - -
Vancouver San Jose - - -

Sunday, May 12, 2013
NY Islanders Pittsburgh - - -
Ottawa Montreal - - -
Washington NY Rangers - - -
Boston Toronto - - -
Minnesota Chicago - - -
Detroit Anaheim - - -

Monday, May 13, 2013
NY Rangers Washington - - -
Toronto Boston - - -
San Jose Vancouver - - -
Los Angeles St. Louis - - -

*If Neccessary

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05/07/2013 05:09 PM


Montreal at Ottawa
The Canadiens look to bounce back from their 6-1 loss in Game 3 and build on their 8-3 record in their last 11 games after giving up 5 goals or more in the previous game. Montreal is the pick (+125) according to Dunkel, which has the Canadiens favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Montreal (+125). Here are all of today's picks.


Game 17-18: Montreal at Ottawa (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montreal 11.996; Ottawa 10.972
Dunkel Line & Total: Montreal by 1; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Ottawa (-145); 5
Dunkel Pick: Montreal (+125); Over

Game 19-20: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 12.738; NY Islanders 11.324
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-160); 6
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-160); Under

Game 21-22: Chicago at Minnesota (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 12.292; Minnesota 10.808
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-175); 5
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-175); Under

Game 23-24: Vancouver at San Jose (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Vancouver 10.956; San Jose 10.701
Dunkel Line & Total: Vancouver by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: San Jose (-165); 5
Dunkel Pick: Vancouver (+145); Over

Long Sheet

Tuesday, May 7


MONTREAL (30-16-0-5, 65 pts.) at OTTAWA (27-18-0-6, 60 pts.) - 5/7/2013, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MONTREAL is 11-23 ATS (+34.2 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
MONTREAL is 7-14 ATS (-8.5 Units) on Tuesday nights over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 27-17 ATS (+44.4 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 17-10 ATS (+28.1 Units) on Tuesday nights over the last 2 seasons.
OTTAWA is 11-23 ATS (-15.9 Units) in home games vs. division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTREAL is 11-8 (+2.0 Units) against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 11-8-0 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
10 of 18 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.5 Units)


PITTSBURGH (38-13-0-0, 76 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (25-18-0-8, 58 pts.) - 5/7/2013, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 38-13 ATS (+17.1 Units) in all games this season.
PITTSBURGH is 38-13 ATS (+17.1 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 54-34 ATS (+91.8 Units) in road games on Tuesday nights since 1996.
PITTSBURGH is 16-4 ATS (+9.2 Units) after a division game this season.
NY ISLANDERS are 9-23 ATS (+33.7 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
NY ISLANDERS are 10-24 ATS (+34.8 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 14-6 (+1.6 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 14-6-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
9 of 18 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-1.4 Units, Under=-0.7 Units)


CHICAGO (38-7-0-6, 82 pts.) at MINNESOTA (27-20-0-4, 58 pts.) - 5/7/2013, 9:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 38-13 ATS (+17.8 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 325-341 ATS (+718.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
CHICAGO is 38-13 ATS (+17.8 Units) second half of the season this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 9-5 (+0.3 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 9-5-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.5 Units)


VANCOUVER (26-17-0-8, 60 pts.) at SAN JOSE (28-16-0-7, 63 pts.) - 5/7/2013, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
VANCOUVER is 5-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) after allowing 4 goals or more this season.
VANCOUVER is 4-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.
VANCOUVER is 6-12 ATS (-8.6 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
VANCOUVER is 1-7 ATS (-9.1 Units) in the first round of the playoffs over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 11-1 ATS (+9.5 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
SAN JOSE is 15-3 ATS (+9.6 Units) in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE is 11-2 ATS (+7.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
VANCOUVER is 18-6 ATS (+10.8 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 73-43 ATS (+14.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
VANCOUVER is 91-88 ATS (+197.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season since 1996.
VANCOUVER is 199-179 ATS (+380.1 Units) in road games second half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANCOUVER is 10-9-0 straight up against SAN JOSE over the last 3 seasons
8 of 16 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.5 Units)


Armadillo's Write-Up

Tuesday, May 7

Penguins won 10 of last 13 games, are 28-9 in last 37 games vs Islanders, but needed a PP goal in OT to win Game 3, when they were outshot 36-25 (79-58 last two games); three of five Pitt goals came on power play (3-5)- New York was 0-3 on power play. Islanders lost five of their last six games overall, but won five of last seven home games. Penguins won six of last seven visits to Long Island, with last five of those going over total. Eight of last eleven series games overall went over total. Islanders have outscored Pittsburgh 3-0 in third period of series, but Penguins did win only OT game.

Home team is 3-0 in Chicago-Minnesota series; Wild had been outscored 21-7 in losing six of its last seven home games before winning in OT in Game 3; they're 0-9 on power play in series, allowed a shorthanded goal in Game 2, they're 5-8 in their last 13 games overall. Blackhawks won 11 of last 14 games overall, eight of last 12 on road; they won four of last five games with Minnesota. Over is 5-2-2 in last nine Wild games, 1-5-1 in last seven Chicago games. Minnesota scored total of 14 goals in its last eight games. Chicago is just 1-9 on power play in series, with only goal scored in Game 1.

Home side won nine of last ten Montreal-Ottawa games; Canadiens lost last four games in this building (2-1ot/5-1/2-1so/6-1). Last 11 series games went OMOMOMOMOMO, so is it Montreal's turn to win here? Senators are 8-4 in last twelve games overall, with 11 of last 14 staying under the total. Ottawa lost three of last four home games; they were 3-11 on power play in Game 3 bloodbath, after being 0-6 in first two games. Canadiens are 4-6 in last ten road games. There were 236 penalty minutes, nine ejections in last game, and an Ottawa timeout with 0:17 left in a 6-1 game fanned the flames a bit.

Sharks were underdog in this series, but are 6-0 vs Vancouver this season and go for sweep here, allowing total of five goals in three series wins; San Jose is now 15-6 in last 21 games overall; they won first round series six of last eight years, are used to success in spring. Canucks are 3-8 in last eleven games overall; they're actually 5-4 in last nine visits to Shark Tank. Under is now 6-2-3 in last 11 San Jose-Vancouver games. Canucks scored only eight goals in last five games overall. San Jose was 3-8 on power play last game, after being 1-9 in first two games. Canucks don't have first period goal in series.


Tuesday, May 7

Trend Report

7:00 PM
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games
Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Ottawa's last 14 games

7:00 PM
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing NY Islanders
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Islanders last 9 games

9:30 PM
Chicago is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Minnesota is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home

10:00 PM
Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Vancouver is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Vancouver
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 6 games at home

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05/07/2013 05:18 PM


Tuesday, May 7

Tuesday's NHL playoff action: What bettors need to know

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders (+146, 6)

Pittsburgh leads series 2-1.

Sidney Crosby hasn't missed a beat since returning from a little over a month's absence with a broken jaw. After collecting two goals and three assists in two contests, Crosby and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins look to push the host New York Islanders to the brink of elimination on Tuesday in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. The captain set up three goals in Game 3 on Saturday afternoon - including Chris Kunitz's power-play tally in overtime - as Pittsburgh seized a 2-1 advantage in the series.

The Islanders would be wise to limit the damage in the first period and do their best to tame the Penguins' potent power play. Pittsburgh has scored an NHL-best eight goals in the opening session, while its 3-for-5 effort with the man advantage in Game 3 proved too big of a mountain to overcome. "Our penalty kill has to be better. The best way to do that is to stay out of the box," New York defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. "Those (penalties) can end up killing us."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, ROOT Sports (Pittsburgh), MSG Plus (New York)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: After being acquired prior to the trade deadline, Jarome Iginla certainly is paying dividends with his new team. The veteran, who recorded his 29th career postseason goal in Game 3, has seven points in his last four contests dating back to a two-assist effort versus Carolina on April 27. After being sidelined with lower-body injuries, defenseman Brooks Orpik and James Neal participated in the team's optional practice on Monday.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS: Kyle Okposo has provided quite the punch in this series - and we're not just talking about the one he landed on Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen in Game 2. The former first-round pick went on to score the winning tally in that contest before netting the first short-handed goal of his career on Saturday. "He's been a horse for us all season," center Josh Bailey said of Okposo. "But I think now you're really seeing the determination that he has and that he plays with. Lots of us have fed off that."


* Over is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings in New York.
* Penguins are 6-1 in the last seven meetings in New York.
* Over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings.
* Penguins are 36-16 in the last 52 meetings.


1. Pittsburgh is 6-for-13 on the power play in the series, while New York is just 1-for-11.

2. The Islanders are vying to win their first home playoff game since 2002.

3. The Penguins recorded 4-2 victories in both regular-season tilts on Long Island.

Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators (-140, 5)

Ottawa leads series 2-1.

Three games does a bitter rivalry make - at least when it comes to the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. The Eastern Conference first-round series between the Canadian neighbors has quickly devolved into a brawl-filled, vitriol-laced hate fest following a brutal Game 3 in which the seventh-seeded Senators pummeled Montreal physically and on the scoreboard. Ottawa can take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series when it hosts the Canadiens in Tuesday's Game 4.

The teams had never met in the postseason, but they combined for 236 penalty minutes and nine players received game misconducts in the Senators' 6-1 rout Sunday - a game Ottawa led by only 2-1 after two periods before the game got out of hand in every aspect. There were 14 fighting majors in the third period alone and the sniping extended to behind both benches. Montreal coach Michel Therrien was incensed that the Senators called timeout with only 17 seconds left in the game, calling the move "classless" and accusing counterpart Paul MacLean of trying to "humiliate" his team. MacLean claimed he was "forced to protect" his players. “It got a little bit stupid in the end, but that’s hockey,” MacLean said.

TV: 7 p.m. CNBC, CBC

ABOUT THE CANADIENS: Montreal captain Brian Gionta, as well as regular-season leading scorer Max Pacioretty, returned to the lineup Sunday after one-game injury absences. Gionta had a glittering chance to get his team back in the game when he broke in alone early in the third period, but his backhander was denied by Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. "It was definitely the turning point of the game and it spiraled out of control from there,” Gionta said. Canadiens netminder Carey Price had his second poor performance of the series, allowing the six goals on 30 shots. That continued a theme from the regular season that has seen Price hold the opposition under three goals only four times in his last 13 appearances.

ABOUT THE SENATORS: Rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau was a most unlikely hero in Game 3, registering his first career hat trick. Pageau delivered a memorable go-ahead goal on a shot while his face was bloodied and he lost a tooth on a high stick from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban. "I might put it under my pillow and see what happens," Pageau quipped of the knocked-out tooth. He was not called up from Ottawa's AHL affiliate until last month and entered the series with only nine NHL games on his resume. Still, Pageau is as responsible for this series as any player, scoring the game-winning goal in the regular-season finale vs. Boston - a win that allowed Montreal to claim the No. 2 seed and set up the matchup with the Senators.


* Home team is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.
* Canadiens are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Ottawa.
* Over is 8-3-1 in Canadiens' last 12 overall.
* Under is 34-13-10 in Senators' last 57 overall.


1. Senators D Eric Gryba, who was suspended two games for his jarring hit on Lars Eller in Game 1, is eligible to return Tuesday. He is expected to take the place of D Patrick Wiercioch, who was hurt in Game 3.

2. Canadiens RW Brendan Gallagher was among three players named as finalists for the Calder Trophy that goes to the league's top rookie. Gallagher scored 15 goals in the regular season and has two goals in the playoffs.

3. Ottawa G Craig Anderson has turned aside 112 of 118 shots for a save percentage of .949, as compared to Price's .905.

Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild (+156, 5)

The Minnesota Wild looked like a different team at home in Game 3, outshooting the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks for the first time in their Western Conference first-round series to win their first postseason game in five years. The eighth-seeded Wild host Game 4 on Tuesday hoping to even the series at two games apiece. Rookie Jason Zucker’s shot from a sharp angle 2:15 into overtime gave Minnesota a 3-2 victory on Sunday after falling twice at Chicago: 5-2 in Game 2 and 2-1 in overtime in Game 1. The Blackhawks held a 85-55 shot advantage through the first two games, but the Wild used their relentless forecheck and home-ice energy to generate 37 shots on Sunday and keep the series within their grasp.

Chicago forward Patrick Kane set up both goals by the Blackhawks in Game 3 and leads the series with five points - all assists. Minnesota netminder Josh Harding turned aside 25 shots to earn his first career playoff victory on Sunday and will start Game 4 with Niklas Backstrom still ailing from an injury suffered while warming up for Game 1. Corey Crawford has started all three games for Chicago and was absent from the Blackhawks’ practice on Monday in order to rest for Tuesday’s contest. Chicago is the only team with a power-play goal in the series, going 1-for-9 with the man advantage, while Minnesota has not scored in nine opportunities. The Blackhawks also got a short-handed goal from Michael Frolik, suggesting their special teams might be the difference in a tense Game 4 against the Wild.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS2, NBCSN, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, Fox Sports North

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Rookie Brandon Saad was named as one of three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Monday along with Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens. Saad recorded 10 goals and 27 points and a plus-17 rating while playing most of the season on Chicago’s top line with Marian Hossa and captain Jonathan Toews. “There’s a lot of great rookies this year that had a good season so it’s definitely an honor and I’m very excited,” Saad told reporters following practice on Monday. The 20-year-old has yet to record a point in the series and finished minus-2 in Game 3. Ray Emery and Dave Bolland practiced with the team on Monday but neither will be in the lineup on Tuesday due to lower-body injuries.

ABOUT THE WILD: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who registered his first two points of the series with a goal and an assist on Sunday, was also instrumental in Minnesota’s last playoff victory on April 14, 2008, when he scored the winning goal in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche. Bouchard is one of five Wild players from that game who is still with the team, along with goaltenders Harding and Backstrom, captain Mikko Koivu and Stephane Veilleux, who was recalled from the AHL on Sunday and has not played an NHL game since April 7, 2012. Koivu has yet to record a point in the series and is minus-3 despite averaging over 20 minutes time on ice per game and firing six shots. Zach Parise, who leads the team with 12 shots, scored his first of the postseason to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead early in the third period of Sunday’s victory.


* Under is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings in Minnesota.
* Home team is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
* Blackhawks are 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Under is 6-0-1 in Blackhawks' last 7 road games.


1. Chicago’s last three losses have all come on the road.

2. The Blackhawks lost consecutive games just four times during the regular season.

3. Each of Minnesota’s last three playoff victories have been 3-2 overtime decisions.

Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks (-163, 5)

San Jose leads series 3-0.

The sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks can earn themselves a trip to the second round Tuesday as they look to complete a sweep of their Western Conference first-round series when they host the Northwest Division champion Vancouver Canucks. San Jose, which never has swept a playoff series, walked into Rogers Arena and scored twice in the third period to post a 3-1 victory in Game 1 and steal home-ice advantage from third-seeded Vancouver. The Sharks pulled out a 3-2 win in Game 2 as Patrick Marleau tied the contest with 56 seconds remaining in the third session and former Canuck Raffi Torres tallied at 5:31 of overtime.

Vancouver switched goaltenders for Game 3, going from Roberto Luongo to Cory Schneider with the hope of turning the series around. The move backfired early in the third period as San Jose scored three goals in a 2:27 span to turn a close game into a rout. Schneider, who was returning from an undisclosed injury that sidelined him for four contests, was pulled after allowing five goals on 28 shots.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS, CSN California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE CANUCKS: Coach Alain Vigneault has a tough decision on his hands regarding his starting goaltender for Game 4. During his postgame press conference, Vigneault admitted that Luongo was not the reason the Canucks lost the first two games. Considering Schneider struggled in his return while Luongo stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief, the latter could be back between the pipes Tuesday. Daniel Sedin recorded his 66th career postseason point with an assist on Sunday, tying him with Pavel Bure for third place on the franchise list. The Canucks found themselves short-handed eight times and paid the price as San Jose scored three power-play goals. "I don't know what happened except that we spent way too much time in the penalty box," captain Henrik Sedin said. "We have to stay calm. It's really just a few small things that are costing us, like taking the extra penalty."

ABOUT THE SHARKS: Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski were the offensive stars on Sunday, combining for four goals and three assists. Couture, who scored twice and set up two tallies, became the fourth player in franchise history to register four points in a playoff game. He joined Sergei Makarov (1994), Mike Ricci (1999) and Jeremy Roenick (2008). Couture also is the fourth Shark to score two power-play goals in a postseason game and the first to record two in the same period. Marleau also scored Sunday, giving him a goal in each game of the series. Couture and Marleau tallied nine seconds apart, falling one second shy of the record for the fastest two goals in franchise playoff history. John MacLean and Ron Sutter scored eight seconds apart against the Dallas Stars in 1998.


* Under is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in San Jose.
* Under is 6-2-3 in the last 11 meetings.
* Canucks are 0-6 in the last six meetings.
* Under is 15-6-3 in Canucks last 24 overall.


1. Including the regular season, San Jose is 6-0-0 against Vancouver in 2013.

2. Vancouver C Ryan Kesler won 13-of-24 faceoffs in Game 3. The rest of the Canucks combined to win 17-of-47 draws.

3. Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic will play in his 72nd career postseason game Tuesday, giving him sole possession of first place on the franchise list among blue-liners. He tied Mike Rathje for the top spot on Sunday

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05/07/2013 05:19 PM

Short Sheet

Tuesday, May 7

Quarterfinals, Game Four (Ottawa Leads, 2-1)
Montreal at Ottawa, 7:05 ET CNBC
Montreal: 6-0 SU revenging a road loss by 3+ goals
Ottawa: 11-23 SU at home vs. division opponents

Quarterfinals, Game Four (Pittsburgh Leads, 2-1)
Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, 7:05 ET NBCSN
Pittsburgh: 9-1 SU away off a road game
NY Islanders: 5-15 SU at home playing with same-season revenge

Quarterfinals, Game Four (Chicago Leads, 2-1)
Chicago at Minnesota, 9:35 ET NBCSN
Chicago: 19-5 SU off a road game
Minnesota: 15-8 Over off an overtime win

Quarterfinals, Game Four (San Jose Leads, 3-0)
Vancouver at San Jose, 10:05 ET CNBC
Vancouver: 1-7 SU in first round playoff games
San Jose: 11-1 SU off a win by 2+ goals
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05/07/2013 07:01 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/06/13 4-­3-­1 57.14% +­450 Detail
05/05/13 4-­3-­1 57.14% +­620 Detail
05/04/13 7-­1-­0 87.50% +­3185 Detail
05/03/13 2-­5-­1 28.57% -­2370 Detail
05/02/13 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­935 Detail
05/01/13 3-­2-­1 60.00% +­600 Detail

Totals 25-­17-­4 59.52% +3420

Tuesday, May 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Pittsburgh 0 0th NY Islanders +138 500 POD # 2

NY Islanders 0 Over 6 500

Montreal 0 0th Montreal +120 500 POD # 1

Ottawa 0 Over 5 500

Chicago - 9:30 PM ET Chicago -149 500

Minnesota - Over 5 500 POD # 4

Vancouver - 10:00 PM ET San Jose -149 500

San Jose - Montreal +120 500 POD # 1

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05/08/2013 08:10 AM

Preview: Bruins (0-0) at Maple Leafs (0-0)

Date: May 08, 2013 7:00 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) - The day after a punishing playoff game that featured 99 hits, burly Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was feeling it.

Not that he was complaining. Still it had to hurt a little more, given that Boston won Monday night's game 5-2 to regain the upper hand in the series. The Bruins lead 2-1 going into Game 4 Wednesday night.

Despite the pain, the 26-year-old Fraser was in a good mood at Tuesday's skate.

``Sometimes you might feel a bump or a bruise and you're not even sure how you got it,' the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder said after practice.

After a night when Boston outhit Toronto 51-49, Fraser was asked if he leapt out of bed Tuesday to head to the rink.

``Actually, today I did,' he said with a grin. ``A big part of that has been the significant change of the weather, the sunshine.'

For Toronto coach Randy Carlyle, the summer-like day was a welcome reminder to his players that all is not lost, despite a second defeat in three games in their first playoff experience since 2004.

``I used to say everybody's in doom and gloom, but the sun did come up today,' the coach said. ``It was sunny out there.

``That would be the way we'd want to flush things and turn the page on it. Today's a new day. Let's start. Let's build. Let's focus. All those things are things that we try to provide.'

Carlyle and his coaching staff got a helping hand Tuesday when the clocks in the dressing room malfunctioned. They were six minutes off, meaning a group of Leafs arrived on the ice late for practice. They were greeted with some good-natured derision from teammates who made it on time.

``You can't change what happened and that can't really be your focus on what today brought,' Carlyle said. ``Today was about flushing what happened last night, recognizing what happened and then going into the preparation mode of tomorrow.

``Our focus has to be on what we can improve on for tomorrow night's game. Can we improve on our turnovers? Can we improve on the out-and-out turnovers that led to their goals? Can we improve on our execution with the puck?

``Those are all the little things that we have to focus on and that's part of the process versus the result. Any mental coach will tell you that you can't labor on the result being the ultimate. It's the process that you have to live in your mind that helps you get ready for it.'

Carlyle has managed to keep his team poised off the ice in the midst of a playoff-starved, hockey-mad city. On the ice, he is bidding to mold a squad woefully short on playoff experience - and one facing a playoff-savvy Bruins team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago.

In the wake of a loss in which the Leafs were punished for mistakes, Carlyle looked to the positives as he tried to rebuild his team's confidence.

``What did we do well? That's what we're trying to pick out,' Carlyle said. ``We're trying to focus on the things that we did well that gave us a chance in the hockey game.'

Carlyle's morning message to his squad was repeated by his players later in the day.

``For the most part we played a pretty good game,' said winger Joffrey Lupul, an influential voice in the locker room. ``We created a lot of chances. We definitely worked hard.

``We've just got to eliminate some of those mistakes.'

That includes losing faceoffs; Carlyle even wondered why his centers kept getting thrown out of the faceoff circles Monday night.

Boston coach Claude Julien, whose team excels at faceoffs, knew exactly what Carlyle was doing.

``When you lobby for something, it's because you're looking for a bit of a break next game,' he said. ``And that's what Randy is doing right now.

``It's going to be interesting to see whether the referees and the linesmen just do their job next game and not worry about who's crying wolf.'

Boston's Patrice Bergeron led the league in faceoff wins during the regular season, 62.1 percent. David Krejci ranked 15th.

One person Carlyle doesn't have to convince of the Leafs' abilities as a team is Julien.

``We know that we're in for a dogfight and the next game's going to be a challenge,' Julien said. ``They know they can play with us and they've proven it.'

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05/08/2013 08:11 AM

Preview: Capitals (0-0) at Rangers (0-0)

Date: May 08, 2013 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers had such a simple plan when they got home from Washington in an 0-2 hole against the Capitals: find a way to get one win.

It worked so well in a hard-fought 4-3 victory on Monday night that they are heading into Wednesday's Game 4 at Madison Square Garden with the very same objective.

``All we were focused on is doing whatever we could to try to win a game,' Rangers coach John Tortorella said. ``We did that, and now we need to try to win one more game, and we'll see what happens from there.'

While the Capitals stayed off the ice on Tuesday to recover, the Rangers held a full practice. They were without forward Rick Nash, who was given a ``maintenance day,' and Darroll Powe, who was injured on Monday and is unlikely to play in Game 4.

If the Rangers can win again Wednesday, they will assure themselves of hosting Game 6 after a game in between in Washington on Friday.

After netting only one goal in the two road losses - including a 1-0 overtime defeat in Game 2 - the Rangers' offense broke out. New York even scored a power-play goal and added another tally just as another advantage ended.

``We didn't break,' said Rangers forward Derick Brassard, who had a goal and two assists on Monday. ``I think our bunch was really positive. Guys were really confident that we tried to find a way to win the game. At the end of the game our top line came out strong for us. They were competing hard all game. They came out huge for us to get that goal.

That winner was scored by Derek Stepan, who deflected a pass from Nash in behind goalie Braden Holtby with 6:25 left in regulation. It was the Rangers' second tiebreaking goal of the third period.

It never would've happened if defenseman Ryan McDonagh hadn't deftly kept the puck in the Washington end just before it was about to leave the zone at the left point. McDonagh moved the puck to Mats Zuccarello, who got it to Nash for the winning play.

The moment was sweet redemption for the 23-year-old McDonagh, whose delay-of-game penalty when he inadvertently shot the puck out of play led directly to Mike Green's overtime goal in Game 2 on Saturday.

``He makes a mistake, and to me that's not a mistake, it's just happenstance,' Tortorella said of the Game 2 penalty. ``It never bothers him. It killed him after the game, but that's what, at such a young age, that he has. He is able to recover and go out and play. It doesn't surprise me at all how he handled himself.'

McDonagh also has the daunting task of trying to keep top Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in check. Ovechkin had no points while logging over 22 minutes of ice time in Game 3.

Ovechkin wasn't one of the few players the Capitals made available to reporters at the team hotel on Tuesday, but coach Adam Oates addressed comments from McDonagh that Ovechkin seemed tired before the Rangers scored the winning goal.

``I don't think he was tired,' Oates said. ``I think that I didn't do a good enough job getting him in his rhythm, probably because of penalties.'

The Capitals were short-handed six times and received only three power plays of their own. The last came with 1:54 remaining after Ovechkin was high-sticked by Brad Richards.

Washington pulled Holtby for an extra skater, giving the Capitals a 6-on-4 skating advantage, and put on lots of pressure in the Rangers' end. While the Capitals controlled the puck as time ran down, they never got a shot in on goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

``They did a really good job of protecting him,' Oates said of Lundqvist. ``We probably just could have tried a better way to get to the net just to start the process of him not being able to cover his rebounds, get to the second waves. We were probably too cute with it.'

The Capitals scored on two of their seven power-play chances in their two wins.

``These guys have been through this before. It's playoffs. You're not going to win every game,' Oates said. ``There are a lot of things we could fix. You have got to give them a little bit of credit.'

Outside of Powe's injury, the Rangers continue to get healthier. They got forward Brian Boyle back earlier in the series, and he had a goal and assist on Monday, and defenseman Marc Staal returned in Game 3 from a serious eye injury sustained on March 5.

Rugged forward Ryane Clowe has been sidelined by a suspected concussion since the final week of the regular season. He went through battle drills in practice on Tuesday, and might be able to rejoin the lineup in Powe's place on Wednesday.

``Like any other player, you want to play,' Clowe said. ``Sometimes it's not thinking about the smart decision. At this time of year, I want to play. I did some contact stuff on ice, some battle stuff I haven't done yet. I felt pretty good, and we'll see how the rest of the day goes.'

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05/08/2013 08:13 AM

Preview: Kings (0-0) at Blues (0-0)

Date: May 08, 2013 9:00 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The defending Stanley Cup champions certainly looked the part while evening their series against the St. Louis Blues, whose best move is turning the page.

The Los Angeles Kings dominated the second half of Game 4, powering past a pair of deficits behind forechecking that put the Blues on their heels, and have all the momentum in a series that's tied at 2-2.

The Kings' plan is simple for Game 5 Wednesday night in St. Louis: Keep the pedal down and play physical but smart.

``There hasn't been much difference in the games whether it's home or road,' coach Darryl Sutter said. ``It's all one-goal games and they're all third-period games and you just by shift by shift.'

The Blues have a day to re-boot the system and still have home-ice advantage, by virtue of finishing a single point ahead of the Kings for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The home team has won all four games, each by a goal.

``Who's got control of anything right now?' coach Ken Hitchcock said. ``They dialed it up, so there's another level out there and it's our job now to answer the level. We've got home ice, we've earned it, and it's best of three now and we'll see where it goes.'

St. Louis has won eight in a row at home, allowing one goal each time, and are facing a team that's been vulnerable away from the Staples Center. The Kings have a nine-game winning streak at home and have dropped eight in a row on the road, including a pair of shootouts in April.

The Blues appeared primed for a knockout punch in Game 4 with two early goals, setting the tone for an uncharacteristic wide-open 4-3 final that matched the scoring total the entire series for both sides. The Kings shrugged off that deficit, scored twice in 1:16 in the third to seize their first lead, and never looked back.

``I think we've been getting better every night,' forward Jeff Carter said. ``We've been in that position before and these guys don't get too down on themselves. We just chipped away.'

The Kings became the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup last year, knocking off the first, second and third seeds. They trailed in the third period just once, in the opening round. They had to dig deep in Game 4, erasing a two-goal deficit for the first time since 2001. The last two periods, the Kings outshot St. Louis 23-10.

``There's a lot of resilience in this room,' forward Dustin Penner said. ``Obviously, we draw on experiences from last year.'

The Blues couldn't sustain their opening jump and perhaps stunned after falling behind never mounted much of a counter-attack.

``If we want to grow as a playoff team and be successful in the future, we have to start bearing down,' defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. ``We just took our foot off the gas a little bit. I think maybe we just thought it was going to come a little easier for the rest of the game.'

The Kings capitalized on sloppy plays that Blues captain David Backes said left goalie Brian Elliott ``hung out to dry.'

Carter scored the Kings' first goal on a 2-on-1 break after T.J. Oshie's shallow dump-in deflected off a Kings skate and defenseman Barret Jackman lost an edge and tumbled at center ice. Defenseman Jordan Leopold got burned on a pinch that created a 3-on-1 break on Penner's goal that tied at 2. Patrik Berglund strayed from his assignment, allowing Anze Kopitar to wriggle free and tie it at 3.

The Blues were caught flat-footed not long afterward when Justin Williams, perhaps the Kings' top offensive threat throughout the series, scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection. Williams had six shots in the game.

``Scoring three on them is fine and dandy, but giving up four goals is not our style,' Backes said. ``The turnovers in the neutral zone fed their offense.'

Got Kopitar out of a slump, too, busting a 19-game goal drought.

``You feel about 100 pounds lighter,' Kopitar said. ``So I felt pretty good after that.'

Oshie scored his first two career playoff goals but ended up minus-3 along with linemates Berglund and David Perron. Forward Vladimir Sobotka was among the rare standouts at plus-2 with two assists.

Two days earlier, Hitchcock was much happier with the overall play. Jonathan Quick earned a 1-0 shutout in Game 3 but the Blues missed several golden scoring chances.

``We just have to get back to doing the things that made us successful,' defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. ``This time of the year it's real close. You don't have to change a lot but sometimes it makes a big difference.'

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05/08/2013 08:15 AM

Preview: Red Wings (0-0) at Ducks (0-0)

Date: May 08, 2013 10:00 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf knows the Anaheim Ducks could be getting frustrated.

Instead, he thinks they're just getting started.

The Ducks have controlled long stretches of their matchup with Detroit, outshooting and outscoring the Red Wings over the first four games while getting superior goaltending from Jonas Hiller. Yet the series is even heading into Game 5 on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

Second-seeded Anaheim's stellar regular-season record and formidable talent haven't mattered to the Red Wings, who sneaked out two overtime victories despite playing with a lead in just one of the series' four games.

It's a recipe for tension in the Ducks' dressing room heading into a pivotal point of the first-round series. But to Getzlaf and his teammates, every element of the playoff march is a privilege, particularly after the Ducks missed the postseason in two of the past three years.

``We're far from frustrated,' the Anaheim captain said Tuesday after the Ducks' long flight from Detroit to Orange County. ``This is playoff hockey. This is the best time of the year, and we're in a best-of-three series now. We always knew it was going to be a long series. ... It's been a grind throughout the year. We've always been able to rise up to the occasion, and we're hoping for that tomorrow (in Game 5).'

The Ducks expect to have little trouble regrouping after they barely missed a chance to take a 3-1 series lead in Game 4 on Monday night. After Anaheim blew a third-period lead, Damien Brunner's overtime goal evened the series for the Red Wings, who appeared to be on the ropes after getting shut out by Hiller in the first 100 minutes of the teams' two games at Joe Louis Arena.

``One goal the other way (in Game 4), and everybody is happy around here,' Getzlaf said.

Instead, the Ducks must find additional determination to get past their playoff-tested opponents. Anaheim will have the advantage of its favored matchups on home ice in Game 5 and a potential Game 7, yet neither team believes matchups or friendly crowds have made much impact on this series.

``Quite frankly, the matchups only work if your team is playing well and you get a lead,' Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. ``If you don't get a lead, you may have some great defensive matchups, but you're going to have to change because you need to score goals. We'll get the last change (in Game 5), which will help, because I thought the last game they were definitely trying to get (Pavel) Datsyuk's line against one specific line, and we tried to change it a few times. It's a difficult thing to do.'

Datsyuk scored the tying goal with 6:33 left in regulation in Game 4 for the Red Wings, who finally flexed their offensive skills at home after five-plus periods without a score.

The Red Wings made an obvious effort to get more shots at Hiller in Game 4, sending pucks at the Anaheim net at every opportunity. Hiller was solid all night, but the Red Wings' mentality eventually led to Brunner's winning goal.

``The plan was to get more shots, and shoot from worse angles,' Detroit's Valtteri Filppula said. ``We did a good job. We were able to get pucks back in the offensive zone. I didn't think we did that enough in the previous game.'

The Ducks are hoping to increase their own offensive pressure on Jimmy Howard on Wednesday. Howard acknowledged he hadn't been Hiller's equal in the series, giving up 12 goals on 120 shots, but he played tremendously well in Game 4 when the Ducks pressed for a possible clinching goal.

``I just wanted to give the guys a chance to win,' Howard said. ``They deserved that. I knew I had to be better. I wanted to be better. ... In the playoffs, all it takes is a goalie to get hot, and anything can happen.'

Although Anaheim has generated plenty of offensive chances, the Ducks could use a goal from high-scoring Corey Perry, who won the Richard Trophy with 50 goals in 2011 during his MVP season. He hasn't found the net in the playoffs, and he missed on a couple of golden chances in Game 4.

``If those went in, we wouldn't be having this conversation,' Perry said Tuesday. ``They had a lot of shots (in Game 4), but we had some good chances, too. We've got to create more chances, keep plugging away, and hopefully get some ugly ones.'

Boudreau criticized a few unnamed Ducks after Game 4 for being ``passengers' - passive participants who didn't do enough work to help Anaheim. Major lineup changes seem unlikely after the Ducks' fairly solid play throughout the series, but Boudreau is eager to get his team rolling quickly, before any struggles lead to a potential elimination game.

Detroit again will be without Justin Abdelkader, who must finish his two-game suspension for a big hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman. The veteran defenseman sat out Game 4 with apparent after-effects from the collision, and Lydman didn't skate in the Ducks' optional practice after traveling Tuesday.

While the Ducks prepared for the pressure of Game 5, the Red Wings worked on minor adjustments for their latest trip to Honda Center, where they've won three of their four games this season.

``We have to go in their barn and steal another game,' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

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