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Karri Ramo came off the bench in relief of starting goalie Jonas Hiller Saturday night and provided enough spark to help the Calgary Flames eliminate the Vancouver Canucks from the playoffs with a 7-4 triumph.

Hiller allowed a goal on three shots before Ramo came in. Ramo allowed a goal on the first shot he faced (from Radim Vrbata) and ended up with 17 saves on 19 shots. With the win, the Flames advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and only the second time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Flames will meet the Anaheim Ducks in the next round of the playoffs. Ramo may get more action than he did in the first round. He finished the first round with a 1-0 record in two appearances. His goals-against average was .211 and his save percentage, .905.
Apr 26 - 12:18 AM

Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller had a night to forget, allowing five goals on 31 shots in the Canucks' playoff-eliminating, 7-4 loss to the Flames in Calgary Saturday night.

Miller and the Canucks were enjoying a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Canucks tied things up. They also had a 4-3 lead in the second period. But the Flames found the net four times in the third period, although Miller was pulled for an extra attacker for two of those goals. Miller, acquired as a free agent after a long impressive career with the Buffalo Sabres, finished the series with a 1-1 record in three appearances, a goals-against average of 2.31 and a save percentage of .910.
Apr 26 - 12:10 AM

Jannik Hansen scored a goal and added an assist but that wasn't enough as he and the Vancouver Canucks were defeated 7-4 by the Flames in Calgary Saturday night and were eliminated from the playoffs.

Hansen scored his goal on a wrist shot at 7:32 of the first period, giving the Canucks a 2-0 lead after Brandon McMillan's opening goal at 2:36. When Radim Vrbata scored to make it a 3-0 lead for the Canucks at 9:42 of the first, it seemed as though Vancouver was well on its way to tying the series at 3-3 and extending it to a seventh game. But the Flames bounced back with three goals before Luca Sbisa took a Hansen pass and gave Vancouver a 4-3 lead at 10:36 of the second period. The Flames scored four goals in the third period, however, and that was all she wrote for the Canucks.
Apr 26 - 12:06 AM

Jiri Hudler and the Calgary Flames were on fire Saturday night, eliminating the Vancouver Canucks from their Western Conference First Round playoff series with a 7-4 victory.

Hudler scored two goals and added two assists on an unforgettable night for the upstart Flames, who eliminated the favored Canucks in six games. Calgary, which was 6-1-2 in its final nine home games in the regular season, hadn’t made it out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2004. The Canucks built a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Flames came back with three goals to tie the game. After Vancouver took a 4-3 lead in the second period, the Flames score four more unanswered goals in the third period, sending the hometown crowd into a tizzy. Hudler's goals were his second and third of the series. His assists, on second-period goals by Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, were his second and third of the series. Four of the Flames had three points -- Gaudreau (a goal and two assists), Matt Stajan (a goal and two assists), Monahan (a goal and two assists) and David Jones (three assists).
Apr 26 - 12:00 AM

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves but the Predators squandered first-period leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and were edged 4-3 by the Blackhawks in Chicago Saturday night.

The loss eliminated the Preds from the Western Conference First Round playoff series. The Hawks took the series in six games. Rinne finished the series with a 2-4 record. His goals-against average in the post-season was 2.68 and he had a .909 save percentage. Rinne had an outstanding season and is one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's premier goalie. In the playoffs, however, Rinne was, well, average. It'll be a long off-season for the veteran goalie.
Apr 25 - 11:49 PM

Goalie Corey Crawford came off the bench and turned in a strong effort to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 Saturday night.

The win gave the Hawks the right to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as they eliminated the Preds in six games in the best-of-seven, Western Conference First Round playoff series. Crawford play a relatively key role in the game. Crawford, who hadn’t started since Game 2 in Nashville, redeemed himself for a shaky start to the series by stopping all 13 shots he faced, although the Predators could fire only two shots at him in the first and four in the third. Crawford relieved Scott Darling in the first. Darling was shaky, allowing three goals on 12 shots before being yanked. Crawford finished the series with a 1-0 record in three appearances, a goals-against average of a not-too-pretty 4.19 and a save percentage of .850. Despite his poor series, he finished off in fine fashion and don't be surprised if the veteran gets the bulk of the action between the pipes for the Hawks in the next round.
Apr 25 - 11:43 PM

James Neal gave Nashville a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Predators wound up losing 4-3 to the Blackhawks in Chicago Saturday night.

With the loss, the Preds were eliminated from the Western Conference First Round playoff series. The Hawks took the series in six games. But it wasn't easy. Neal gave the Preds high hopes of tying the series at 3-3 when he scored his third and fourth goals of the post-season at 1:10 and 8:09 of the first period. Matt Cullen, with his only goal of the playoffs, made it 3-1 for Nashville in the first period. The Hawks would tie it up 3-3 before the period, though, and won the game and the series on a Duncan Keith slap shot late in the third. Neal finished the series with four goals after failing to pick up a point in the first three games.
Apr 25 - 11:34 PM

Defenseman Duncan Keith notched three points -- including the game-winning goal in the third period -- to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 triumph over the visiting Nashville Predators Saturday night.

Keith had a goal and two assists as the Hawks eliminated the Preds 4-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference First Round Series. Star center Jonathan Toews also contributed a goal and two assists to Chicago's triumph. The Hawks overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, bouncing back to tie the score 3-3 before the end of the period. The Hawks' big guns took care of the goals, with Patrick Sharp, Toews and Patrick Kane all scoring in the first period. Sharp and Toews both scored their third goals of the playoffs, while Kane netted his second. Kane's tying goal came with six seconds left in the first period. After no scoring in the second period, the stage was set for Keith, who took a pass from Toews and fired a slap shot into the Nashville net for the game winner with 3:48 left in the third period. Keith also posted a game-high six shots on net. In the series, he produced two goals and five assists.
Apr 25 - 11:23 PM

Goalie Ben Bishop turned away 26 Detroit shots but the Lightning couldn't give him any offensive support Saturday night.

The result was a 4-0 victory for the Red Wings. Tampa Bay now trails the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 back in Detroit Monday night. Bishop did all right Saturday but was outshone by Detroit goalie Petr Mzarek, who wouldn't let anything past him. Bishop's goals-against average in the post-season is 2.32 and his save percentage is .916. His record, of course, is 2-3.
Apr 25 - 9:21 PM

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 28 saves en route to a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning in playoff action in Tampa Bay Saturday.

It was Mrazek's second shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He held the Lightning goalless on three power plays, too. The win gave Detroit a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series. The Wings will have a chance to advance to the second round of the post-season with a win in Game 6 of the series Monday night. Mrazek has been the Wings' best player in this opening-round series. He is 3-2 against the Lightning in the post-season, with a goals-against average of 1.91. His save percentage is .937. The Lightning was favored to win the series but, if the Wings take it, it'll be largely because of Mrazek's magnificence.
Apr 25 - 9:16 PM

Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson produced two assists Saturday to help the Red Wings shock the Lightning with a 4-0 shutout in Tampa Bay.

It was the second time in this Eastern Conference First Round playoff series that Ericsson had two points in a game. He had only 12 assists (and three goals) in 82 games during the regular season. Saturday's win gave the Wings a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay. Game 6 will take place Monday night in Detroit. Riley Sheahan opened the scoring Saturday with a goal at 19:37 of the first period. It was Sheahan's second goal of the series. Drew Miller made it 2-0 with his first goal of the playoffs at 15:46 of the second period. The Wings scored two more in the third period -- the first a power-play goal by Pavel Datsyuk at 15:37 and then an empty-netter by Danny DeKeyser at 18:22. Datsyuk's goal was his third of the post-season and Dekeyser's was his first. This game was all Detroit.
Apr 25 - 8:56 PM

Gabriel Bourque was made a late addition to Nashville's line up for Game Six on Saturday night as they try to stave off elimination against Chicago.

Bourque will play the left wing along with Paul Gaustad and Viktor Stalberg, however Stalberg is the only one to hit the score sheet with three points in five games.
Apr 25 - 7:54 PM

There will be no line up changes for Calgary as they try to close out the Vancouver Canucks in Game Six on Saturday night.

Markus Granlund will be joined by fellow forward Drew Shore along with defender Corey Potter in the stands. It does not appear that Coach Hartley has any confidence in these three.
Apr 25 - 7:26 PM

There will be no line up changes for Vancouver as they head into Saturday night's Game Six against Calgary, who leads the series 3-2.

Linden Vey will be joined by fellow forward Brandon McMillan and defender Ryan Stanton in the press box. It does not appear that Coach Desjardins has any confidence in these three, unfortunately.
Apr 25 - 7:24 PM

There will not be any line up changes for Chicago as they head in Game Six against Nashville on Saturday night. Chicago leads the series 3-2.

Teuvo Teravainen will be joined by forward Joakim Nordstrom, as well as defenders Kyle Cumiskey, David Rundblad, and Michael Paliotta. Displaced netminder Antti Raanta will be in the press box with the gang, as well.



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