Western Conference Quarterfinals Recap - 4/21
*Playoff Game 4: Blackhawks 5 Canucks 0 *
Canucks lead the series 3-2.
The Hawks, again facing elimination, entered the game strongly and offensively decimated the Canucks on home ice.
On the power play Marian Hossa started off the night getting the puck behind Luongo, and Duncan Keith kept it going just 24 seconds later giving Chicago a 2-0 lead.
Patrick Kane would also make use of the power play and the Hawks would end the first period up 3-0.
Chicago added two more to end the second ahead 5-0 with some skirmishes and fighting behind the net involving Kevin Bieska and Troy Brouwer but resulting in no penalties aside from the standard fighting and game misconduct.
Vancouver killed a double minor for high sticking with five minutes to go in the game, but still could not get any numbers up on the board.
Crawford made 36 saves to get the shutout as Chicago nabs a second blow out game to stay alive in the series.
They force a game six back in Chicago, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
CHI GOAL 5:54 PPG – Marian Hossa (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: D. Keith (1) & C. Crawford (2)
CHI GOAL 6:18 Duncan Keith (3) Slap Shot – Assists: R. Johnson (1) & M. Kruger (1)
CHI GOAL 12:17 PPG – Patrick Kane (1) Assists: D. Keith (2) & B. Campbell (2)
CHI GOAL 1:26 Marian Hossa (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Sharp (1) & B. Bickell (2)
CHI GOAL 4:47 Duncan Keith (4) Slap Shot – Assists: M. Hossa (2) & P. Sharp (2)
*Playoff Game 3: Sharks 6 Kings 3 *
Sharks lead series 3-1
After a scoreless first period in Staples Center, San Jose scored three in a row to take the lead by halfway through the second.
The Kings answered with two making it a one goal game and getting the crowd on their feet after utilizing their 30 second time out.
San Jose’s Joe Pavelski helps the sharks star of the third period with two early goals, going up 5-3 and getting a stronger hold on the lead they took early in the game.
Alexei Ponikarovsky scores the King’s only goal in the third period, as L.A. fails to capitalize on numerous power play opportunities including a huge five-on-three chance with 3:28 to go in the game.
Solid goaltending from Antti Niemi gets the Sharks the win and the ticket home for a chance to take the series.
Game 5 will be Saturday night at H.P. Pavilion, a must win situation for the Kings at 10:30 p.m.
SJS GOAL 3:58 Ryane Clowe (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Vlasic (1)
SJS GOAL 5:12 Jason Demers (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: L. Couture (2) & D. Heatley (2)
SJS GOAL 9:28 PPG – Ryane Clowe (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: L. Couture (3) & I. White (4)
LAK GOAL 11:00 Brad Richardson (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: R. Smyth (3)
LAK GOAL 16:04 Justin Williams (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: W. Mitchell (1)
SJS GOAL 2:28 Joe Thornton (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: P. Marleau (2) & K. Wellwood (2)
SJS GOAL 3:22 Joe Pavelski (3) Tip-In – Assists: D. Boyle (3)
SJS GOAL 11:42 Torrey Mitchell (1) Tip-In – Assists: K. Wellwood (3) & I. White (5)
LAK GOAL 13:11 Alexei Ponikarovsky (1) Tip-In – Assists: J. Johnson (3) & T. Lewis (2)
3rd Star: Marian Hossa (2 goals, 1 assist)
2nd Star: Antti Niemi (35 saves)
1st Star: Duncan Keith (2 goals, 2 assists)
News and Notes
Ducks Jarkko Ruutu suspended one game
Ruutu is suspended from tomorrow night’s game in the Anaheim-Nashville series for a late hit to Martin Erat in game four last night.