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knee injury. Hertl missed over three months of action
09-15-2015, 12:22 PM
knee injury. Hertl missed over three months of action
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. <mybb-bad-sm> . - Valentin Zykov assisted on the eventual winner and then added
an insurance goal into an empty net as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar downed the
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League post-season action. Baie-Comeau now leads their playoff series 2-0.
Charles Hudon opened the scoring for the Drakkar at 2:07 into the first period
and Dominic Poulin added the winning goal just over two minutes later on a play
started by Zykov. Christopher Clapperton opened the scoring for the Armada just
41 seconds into the game. Baie-Comeaus Philippe Cadorette made 23 saves for the
win while Blainville-Boisbriands Etienne Marcoux kicked out 29-of-31 shots in a
losing cause. --- FOREURS 4 MOOSEHEADS 2 HALIFAX — Louick Marcotte scored once
and set up three more and Antoine Bibeau stopped 31 shots as Val-dOr doubled up
the Mooseheads to take a 2-0 series lead. Samuel Henley, Randy Gazzola and
Guillaume Gelinas had a goal and an assist apiece for the Foreurs. Jonathan
Drouin and Brendan Duke supplied the scoring for Halifax while MacKenzie Weegar
assisted on both of his clubs goals. Zachary Fucale gave up four goals on 19
shots before giving way to Kevin Darveau, who stopped the only shot he faced in
12:50 minutes of relief. ---
<mybb-bad-sm> . Glenn was a first-round draft pick in 1994 by the
New York Jets out of Texas A&M. He started 176 games during his career with
New York, Houston, Dallas, Jacksonville and New Orleans.
<mybb-bad-sm> . It dropped the opener of the trek by a 3-0 score
at Calgary, then was doubled up by Phoenix in a 4-2 setback on Thursday.
Taylor Hall returned from injury to score a pair of goals and Devan Dubnyk made
38 saves for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row on the road and fell to
5-9-1 as the guest this season.The San Jose Sharks are out for revenge in the
opening round of the playoffs, as they attempt to knock out the team that
eliminated them from last springs postseason. The Sharks have home-ice advantage
this time against the Los Angeles Kings, who are visiting the SAP Center for
Thursdays Game 1 battle between the Pacific Division rivals. This marks the
third all-time playoff meeting between these clubs and second in a row. The
Kings gutted out a low-scoring seven-game victory in last seasons second round,
one that left the franchise spent ahead of a five-game loss to the Chicago
Blackhawks in the conference finals. San Jose lost the first two games of last
years playoff matchup versus Los Angeles before rallying to get back into the
set. The Sharks defeated L.A. in six games in the 2011 conference quarterfinals.
That was the last time the Kings, who won the franchises first Stanley Cup title
in 2012, were knocked out in the first round. These California rivals played a
close five-game season series in 2013-14, with the Kings owning a 3-1-1 edge.
The teams combined for just 21 goals and skated in four games decided by a
single goal. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick won both of his games this season
versus the Sharks, giving up just three goals, and is 11-4-5 versus them in the
regular season lifetime as well as 6-7 in the playoffs with a 2.25 goals against
average and three shutouts. Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe winner, has excellent
career playoff numbers, going 29-21 with a .929 save percentage and 2.03 in 50
lifetime postseason appearances. Like Quick, the Sharks boast a goaltender with
a Stanley Cup-winning resume in Antti Niemi, who won a title with the Chicago
Blackhawks in 2010. However, the 30-year-old Finn was less impressive in his
first two appearances in the playoffs with the Sharks before a solid run in
2013. Niemi went 7-4 with a 1.87 goals against average and .930 save percentage
lasts spring as the Sharks swept their first-round series before a tight
sevenn-game loss to the Kings.
<mybb-bad-sm>. San Joses No. 1 has had his struggles down the
stretch this season, perhaps the result of having played in 64 games, and hell
have backup Alex Stalock hovering over his shoulder. Niemi went 2-1-1 with a
2.67 GAA in this seasons series, while Stalock lost his only start despite
giving up just one goal. Niemi is 6-6 in the playoffs against the Kings with a
2.74 GAA and .897 save percentage. Although Sharks head coach Todd McLellan
would not officially reveal his starter for Game 1, all signs point to Niemi
getting the call over Stalock. Both the Kings and Sharks are deep at both ends
of the ice, but L.A. uses its depth more for defense than offense. The Kings
allowed an NHL-best 2.05 goals per game this season, but were ranked 26th in
offense (2.42 gpg). San Jose had a balanced attack, placing fifth in the league
with 2.35 goals against per contest while tying St. Louis for sixth in scoring
(2.92 gpg). Both teams enter this playoff battle without many injuries to note.
Kings No. 1 defenseman Drew Doughty is dealing with a bruised left shoulder, but
he expects to play in Game 1. The Sharks, meanwhile, saw forward Tomas Hertl
return late in the regular season from a knee injury. Hertl missed over three
months of action and 45 games after L.A. captain Dustin Brown delivered a
knee-on-knee hit on the Czech rookie. Hertl had 15 goals and 10 assists in 37
games this season and is hoping to prove himself in his first NHL postseason.
San Jose was 29-7-5 as the home team this season and will host Game 2 on Sunday.
The Kings were 23-14-4 as the visiting club in 2013-14. Projected Kings Lines
Gaborik - Kopitar - WilliamsKing - Richards - CarterToffoli - Stoll -
BrownClifford - Lewis - Nolan Muzzin - DoughtyRegehr - VoynovMitchell - Martinez
Projected Sharks Lines Pavelski - Thornton - BurnsMarleau - Couture - NietoHertl
- Sheppard - WingelsTorres - Desjardins - Havlat Vlasic - DemersStuart -
BraunHannan - Boyle <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> <mybb-bad-sm> ' ' '
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