NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Sunday Edition): Keenan takes blame for loss, Sharks first line back together and Sundin has productive practice
San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8)
- The Sharks’ top line all scored one time, as San Jose managed to stay alive by defeating the Ducks in overtime last night. Marleau, Thornton and Setoguchi wanted to be reunited and coach McLellan granted their wish. After yesterday’s performance, there is no doubt as to who the number one unit is in San Jose. Evgeni Nabokov was sharp yesterday.
- Anaheim was not happy with the overtime goal scored by Patrick Marleau. Even though they lost, the Ducks still remain confident heading home.
Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Columbus Blue Jackets (7)
- Chris Osgood is ready to roll for Round 2. Meantime, fourth line center Darren Helm has added a nice element to the team’s fourth line.
- The Blue Jackets season in review courtesy of Aaron Portzline. Looking forward to next season, the Jackets need to look to add depth.
Vancouver Canucks (3) versus St Louis Blues (6)
- Ryan Kesler is fast becoming the favorite Canuck player for many of the team’s fans. In encouraging news, Mats Sundin had another good practice yesterday. Speaking of injuries, Willie Mitchell took some of practice off due to general soreness but should be alright.
- With players returning from injury next season, the Blues’ power play should be much improved.
Chicago Blackhawks (4) versus Calgary Flames (5)
- The Blackhawks plain dominated the Flames yesterday night. The Flames were just stupid last night, writes Steve Rosenbloom. “We want to keep some gas on the pedal,” said coach Joel Quenneville. Here is an interesting profile on Dustin Byfuglien.
- Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t really know why he was pulled in last night’s game. The man who pulled him, Mike Keenan, took responsibility for last night’s loss. The Flames are now on the brink of elimination.