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Niklas Kronwall believes his team was better in game two than they were in game one.

The Wings won game one and were blown out in game two, but the only reason this series is tied is because of goaltender Petr Mrazek's performance in the first game. "I know it might be hard to believe if you're simply looking at the stat sheet," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, "but I thought we executed overall a lot better in this game than we did in Game 1." Detroit will have to perform better than they did in the first two games of this series or they probably won't be advancing to the next round.
Apr 19 - 10:15 AM

Mike Babcock said he will shuffle his lineup around after Saturday's 5-1 blowout loss to Tampa Bay.

"It is what it is," Babcock said after Saturday's loss. "We'll be fortunate we'll get Abby back next game, so we'll be able to move people around and put us in a little better situation that way, better matchups. Plus we'll have last change at home." The Wings will need to be a whole lot better than they were in game two if they want to advance to the next round. The series now shifts back to Detroit tied at one.
Apr 19 - 10:10 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen have found a natural chemistry in the post-season.

Tarasenko has four points (three goals and one assist), while Steen has three points (one goal and two assists) in their first two playoff games of the year. "(I) played with Steener together when Jori (Lehtera) wasn't here," said Tarasenko. "We played at the beginning of the season together too. It wasn't hard to bring the chemistry back. As long as we score and help the team, this is a good line."
Apr 19 - 10:07 AM

Alex Steen registered two assists in Saturday's 4-1 win over Minnesota in game two of their series.

Steen picked up the primary assists on both of Vladimir Tarasenko's first two goals of the game (he finished with three goals on the night). Steen has been an important part of St. Louis' offense during the season and that hasn't changed in the playoffs. The 31-year-old has a goal and three points in two playoff games this year. The series is now tied at one.
Apr 19 - 10:03 AM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said he liked the way the team's off-season acquisitions improved as the season went on.

"Well, I think you look at Spezza, and you can probably add [free-agent signee] Ales Hemsky, and I think there was a real transition period for them, so things take time no matter what player you add," said Gaglardi. "They came in and they were used to playing a different brand of hockey, and it took time for them to change how they played. I know there weren’t a lot of second-line centers that outpointed Jason Spezza, and there might not have been any in the second half of the season. I just think that he was so much better in the second half, and I think that projects out to next season."
Apr 19 - 9:58 AM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Galardi doesn't believe his team needs to lang a big free-agent this summer.

"I think any team that relies on free agents to fix their problems, that’s a bad place to be," Galardi told the Dallas Morning News. "I think they can definitely help if you find the right one, but you have to build from within, that’s where the strength is going to come from. I think in a perfect world, you’d go golfing on July 1 (the first day of NHL free agency). I’m not sure if we’re in that spot yet, but I can tell you I like our team and where we’re going. As a rule of thumb, you’re going to pay too much or give too much term to get a free agent. I think it’s more likely that we would be more involved in trade talk to tinker with the makeup of our team. But I’m not uncomfortable starting next season with pretty much what we ended this season with."
Apr 19 - 9:55 AM

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said that Teuvo Teravainen was just "ok" in game two.

"I thought he played a real good Game 1. Did some good things," Quenneville said. "Game 2 was just OK. I think there’s some things you get accustomed to as you go along — [working] the puck areas and utilizing your speed and strengths is something I’m sure he’ll get more comfortable with as we go along."
Apr 19 - 9:49 AM

Despite having a difficult regular season, Patrick Sharp has been productive in his first two playoff games of the year.

Sharp scored 16 goals and 43 points in 68 games which was way down from his numbers just one year ago (34 goals and 78 points). On the bright side, he has been able to find the back of the net in back-to-back games to open the post-season. ‘It’s the playoffs — the most important thing is winning. In our locker room we don’t care who’s scoring as long as we’re winning games. It was nice from an individual standpoint to get a couple of goals to start the series and kind of turn the page on the regular season. But I stand by what I said — nobody really cares who scores."
Apr 19 - 9:46 AM

Corey Crawford won't be Chicago's starter in game three against Nashville, but his coach expects him to be a professional about it.

"I would expect ‘Crow’ to handle it like a pro," Joel Quenneville said. "I think he would be understanding knowing that competitive instinct (of wanting) to be in the net (and) you can’t wait to get it back (in) there. I’m sure he’s probably not happy. But I can’t really say exactly how he handled it." Crawford has struggled mightily in the first two games of the playoffs, and backup goaltender Scott Darling has really elevated his play.
Apr 19 - 9:30 AM

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said starting goaltender Scott Darling in game three is a "no brainer".

"Scotty is coming off a spectacular outing and is deserving of getting a start at home based on how well he played in that game," Quenneville said Saturday. Corey Crawford has struggled in the first two games of their first round series against Nashville, which not many people expected. If Darling keeps winning, Chicago will have no choice but to stick with him.
Apr 19 - 9:27 AM

Nicklas Backstrom found himself back on the first line in practice Saturday.

Backstrom replaced Evgeni Kuznetsov between Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward while Kuznetsov moved down to the second unit between Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. Just an FYI as Backstrom is coming off a three point effort in Game 2.
Apr 19 - 9:24 AM

Alex Ovechkin said on Saturday that he thinks the Washington Capitals fans are louder than the Islanders.

Well that ought to rile up the Islander faithful as Game 3 will be played in Nassau County Coliseum Sunday. "Tomorrow is going to be a more interesting game, a more intense game and the crowd is going to be cheering for them," Ovechkin said Saturday. "But that’s OK. It’s not my first year in the NHL. I don’t think it’s going to be as loud as Verizon, but we’ll see." Ovechkin has a goal through the first two games of the series.
Apr 19 - 9:20 AM

Clarke MacArthur admitted that he and his teammates need to do a better job of shutting down P.K. Subban.

Subban picked up two assists, despite playing just nine minutes in game one (ejected for slash on Mark Stone), and he scored a huge goal in game two to give Montreal their first lead of the game. "He’s got a cannon, he showed that," said Senators winger Clarke MacArthur. "That was a bomb. He’s a gamer, what are you going to say? He’s in on all the plays, he’s got a heavy shot and you’ve just got to be aware of him when he’s on the ice. You’ve got to finish your checks on him and try to wear him down. He’s playing big minutes."
Apr 19 - 9:19 AM

Mark Borowiecki admitted that his team needs to stick to their game plan after they take the lead.

Ottawa scored the first goal in each of their two playoff losses to Montreal and that isn't sitting well with Borowiecki and his teammates. "Any time you get that first one, you want to lock it down," said Borowiecki. "You’re not going to win games 1-0 very often, but you kind of want to give yourself a chance. It’s just a product of us kind of getting away from our game plan." Ottawa trails 2-0 in the best of seven series against Montreal.
Apr 19 - 9:15 AM

Marc Methot believes that coming home will be a huge advantage for the Senators.

Ottawa dropped the first two games of the series in Montreal, but they will look to get back into it in game's three and four at home. "It’s nice to get back in our own beds, get a chance to regroup in front of our home crowd, so hopefully we will get a chance to get a couple of points out of it. Being able to play in front of our home crowd is, and should be, a huge advantage for our club."
Apr 19 - 9:13 AM



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