NHL conference finals capsules



OTTAWA: The key for the Senators is simple: just get at least one puck in the net. Ottawa is 8 0 when it doesn’t get shut out in Wholesale Jerseys China
the playoffs. The Islanders blanked the Senators for their only win in the first round, and Philadelphia did it twice in the conference semis. is leading the way, just as he did in the regular season, with five goals and 12 points. He will certainly face the defensive pressure of John Madden in this round. If Hossa is slowed, the Senators will look to captain and , who each have four playoff goals, to pick up the slack. Both scored in the Game 6 victory over Philadelphia that ended the second round series. Patrick Lalime yielded only 10 goals to the Flyers, who were outscored 10 3 in the final two games after the teams split the first four contests. Lalime hasn’t allowed more than two goals since the Senators’ playoff opening 3 0 loss to the Islanders. The Senators have 10 power play goals and have killed 44 of 47 penalties 21 of 22 on the road. Ottawa held Philadelphia to 0 for 17 on the power play and scored two short handed goals.

NEW JERSEY: Madden leads the Devils, who always think defense first. Madden shut down in the first round against Boston, then made Lightning forward disappear in the second round. Jamie Langenbrunner picked up where he left off against Boston and scored the game winning goals in each of the first two games vs. the Lightning. But the Devils have been getting goals from all over as they roll four lines. Grant Marshall scored the series winning goal in the third overtime of Game 5. He had one goal in each of the final three games against the Lightning after scoring just nine in the regular season. All talk about the Devils in the playoffs goes back to their core players defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, and goalie , who is a finalist to be the league’s MVP and top goalie. Niedermayer has eight playoff points, third most on the club, and Stevens is a plus 10. He came back after missing most of Game 3 when he was struck in the ear by a puck and scored in Game 4. Brodeur is 8 2 with a 1.51 goals against average and three shutouts in 10 games.

MINNESOTA: The Wild will certainly be tired when the series opens at home Saturday afternoon. Not only did they have to come back from 3 1 deficits in each of their first two series the first team to do that they were forced to play Games 6 and 7 on consecutive days in both. The Wild won Game 6 in Minnesota on Wednesday, then took the seventh game Thursday in Vancouver. Dwayne Roloson gave up two quick goals in the second period of Game 7, before allowing the Wild to escape with a 4 2 victory. A groin injury forced him out of some playoff games already and he was nearly injured further when he was knocked over in the crease late in the third period of Game 7. If he can’t go, Manny Fernandez will provide able coverage in goal. Fernandez is 3 2 in the playoffs with a 2.22 goals against average and .923 save percentage. The defensive minded Wild showed offensive force in their final three wins over the Canucks, outscoring them 16 5. leads the NHL with 17 playoff points, including nine goals.

ANAHEIM: The Mighty Ducks’ road gets easier, at least as far as seeding. They already beat the No. 1 Stars and No. 2 Red Wings, and Jean Sebastien Giguere has been why. He’s stopped 354 of 373 shots and won eight of 10 games with one shutout. Anaheim has lost just twice despite only having a 24 20 scoring edge in the playoffs. You won’t find any Anaheim players in the scoring leaders, as Paul Kariya, Steve Thomas and Mike Leclerc pace the club with just six points each. The Ducks 8 1 in one goal playoff games have gotten just enough scoring.

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