NHL: Chicago Blackhawks take care of business against Minnesota Wild

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“I don’t want to pin this loss on Josh,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “Credit them and their team.” Penguins 4, Islanders 0: Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years, and host Pittsburgh beat New York to take a 3-2 series lead. Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the third for Pittsburgh Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for New York but gave up breakaway goals to Crosby and Kennedy and botched a lazy wrist shot from Murray. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma benched goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who had started 79 straight postseason games but struggled in Game 4. “I was a little bit nervous the whole day; you wouldn’t be human if you weren’t,” Vokoun said. Senators 6, Canadiens 1: Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Cory Conacher scored twice on a shaky Peter Budaj as visiting Ottawa routed Montreal. The Senators took the series 4-1 in moving on for the first time since 2007. Zack Smith, Kyle Turris, Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Condra also scored for Ottawa, a seventh seed in the East but bolstered down the stretch by the return of top players on defense Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowan. P.K. Subban scored for Montreal, which failed to solve Anderson. The Canadiens scored only nine goals in the series, while their own spotty goaltending allowed 20. source: http://www.mercurynews.com/other-sports/ci_23212890/nhl-chicago-blackhawks-take-care-business-against-minnesota

Chicago Blackhawks beat Minnesota Wild 5-1, take series

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

They got off to a record start and captured the Presidents’ Trophy for finishing with more points than any other team. Now, they’re eyeing the biggest prize of all. And after bowing out in the first round the past two years, they sure are looking good. Hossa scored off a feed from Jonathan Toews late in the first period. Marcus Kruger made it 2-0 with a wraparound early in the second, and Hossa chased the Wild’s Josh Harding when he knocked in a rebound minutes later. Then, after Torrey Mitchell scored for Minnesota, Chicago’s Andrew Shaw scored against Darcy Kuemper. Patrick Sharp added his fifth goal of the series early in the third period, and that was more than enough for Crawford. Coming off his second career playoff shutout, he saved 21 shots, and the Blackhawks became the third team to advance in this postseason, along with San Jose and Ottawa. They also bucked a recent trend of early exits for Presidents’ Trophy winners. The team with the most regular-season points had been eliminated in the first round in three of the previous four years. The Wild were hoping to replicate what the Los Angeles Kings did last year and win the Stanley Cup as the eighth seed, but the Blackhawks simply had too much skill, speed and depth. source: http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?id=9097192

Blackhawks close out Wild with 5-1 win

“And even if you are scoring, it doesn’t excuse you from playing a complete game in the playoffs. We know that and we’re not going to let that frustrate us. And we know as a team we’ll find a way to get some timely goals.” As Chicago enjoys a few extra days off to rest and plan for the next round, there’s still plenty of work left to do, coach Joel Quenneville said. “I still think we have to be better,” he said. “I’m not doing cartwheels the last two games. I still think there’s another level we’ve got to get to to be more consistent in our game. “I think it’s good for everybody to get the taste of the playoffs,” he said. “I think we still have to get a different type of pace to our game that’s catching up to the other series that are being played and what the playoffs are all about. “It’s not the regular season. There’s another appetite that we have to get as well. I don’t think we should be happy with where we’re at with our play and let’s get angry as we go along here.” As for the Wild, the young team must look at the future of coach Mike Yeo. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-close-wild-5-1-055028736–nhl.html

Report: Boogaard family sues NHL for son’s death


The newspaper reported the family claims in the lawsuit that the NHL is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday night that league has not received the lawsuit and generally does not comment on pending litigation. Boogaard was found dead of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol on May 13, 2011. He was 28. He was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that is caused by repeated blows to the head. The Times reports the suit was filed late Friday by the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, in the Circuit Court of Cook County. “To distill this to one sentence,” William Gibbs, attorney for the Boogaards, told The Times, “you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail.” Boogaard was under contract with the New York Rangers at the time of his death. He played his first five NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild and one season with the Rangers after signing a four-year, $6.5 million contract with New York in July 2010. Boogaard sustained a concussion during his last game on Dec. 9, 2010. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/05/12/derek-boogaard-family-sues-nhl-death/2154343/


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