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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. Marian Hossa jersey cheap 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 Daniel Alfredsson jersey cheap and Martin Havlat jersey cheap, 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 Joe Thornton jersey cheap in the first round against Boston, then made Young jersey cheap Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier jersey cheap 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 Martin Brodeur jersey cheap, 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. Marian Gaborik jersey cheap 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.

Julius Honka jumps into lineup



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StorylineThe eighth place Bruins are trying to secure a playoff spot in the Wholesale NHL Jerseys
East, so this game should have plenty of intensity. The Stars are playing out the string, but are 4 2 1 in their past seven games, so they aren’t just mailing it in.

The ol’ Bruins buddies have put up good numbers when playing against one another. Seguin has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 7 games against Boston. Marchand has 11 points (5 goal, 6 assists) in 8 games against Dallas. Marchand is a darkhorse for MVP with 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists), fifth in the NHL. Seguin ranks 11th in scoring with 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists)

Key number 59.7 percent

That’s the faceoff winning percentage for Boston center Patrice Bergeron jersey cheap, who has won more draws than any player in the league at 1,010.

NotableDallas (31 34 11) is coming off a 4 1 loss at Montreal Tuesday and is 11 22 5 on the road.

Boston (40 30 6) is coming off a 4 1 win over Nashville Tuesday and is 20 16 0 at home.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap is expected in goal for Dallas. He is 11 11 4 with a 3.35 GAA and .892 save percentage. He has not played in the past seven games and was pulled in his last start March 14 in Edmonton. In his last four appearances, Niemi is 0 2 0 with a 5.18 GAA and .816 save percentage.

Tuukka Rask jersey cheap is expected to start in goal for Boston. He is 34 20 4 (ranking 6th in wins) with a 2.35 GAA (11th) and .910 save percentage.

Dallas ranks 15th in scoring at 2.72 goals per game and 28th in GAA at 3.16.

Boston ranks 12th in scoring at 2.84 goals per game and 13th in GAA at 2.64.

Boston ranks 26thth in save percentage at .900. Dallas ranks 29th at .895.

Dallas ranks 20th in PP Success jersey cheap at 18.1 percent and 30th in penalty kill at 74.0 percent.

Boston ranks 8th in PP Success jersey cheap at 20.7 percent and 4th in penalty kill at 85.1 percent.

Patrick Sharp jersey cheap had hip surgery Tuesday and is out for the season. Antoine Roussel jersey cheap (hand) and Mattias Janmark (knee) are also expected to miss the rest of the season.

Julius Honka was called up from the AHL Wednesday and is expected to play. Dallas once again has eight defensemen and the expected scratches are Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap and Greg Pateryn.

The Bruins are 14 7 0 since assistant coach Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien as head coach.

He said it”He might have hit the wall. We’ve played him a lot. He gave us two solid periods, and then a couple got by him. But he’s played a lot of hockey for us, and we’ve pushed the limit for him.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap, who allowed three third period goals in a 4 1 loss at Montreal Tuesday.

“We needed it. Me stepping in there, I just wanted to make sure that I gave us a chance to win, and the guys did the rest. It was a great team effort because we blocked [24] shots, which is huge.”

it took a team effort drop the Stars’ defensive numbers into the NHL’s cellar



VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Stars are on pace to have the worst goaltending numbers in the NHL this season, but players and coaches say those stats have been earned by the entire team.

While Dallas sat 30th in goals against average at 3.29 and 30th in save percentage at .892 heading into Thursday’s game at Vancouver, Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap and Antti Niemi jersey cheap have maybe faced higher percentage scoring chances than any other goalies in the league.

“It goes a lot deeper,” captain Jamie Benn jersey cheap said. “They’re an easy target to pick on, because if you see the Dallas Stars jersey cheap are giving up 5, 6, 7 goals a night, everybody points a finger at the goalies first. But it’s 18 other guys playing in front of them, and it’s on all of us.”

The goaltending/team defense issue has been front and center during a stretch Cheap Jerseys from China
that has been the worst of the season. Dallas has been outscored 17 4 in losses to Ottawa, San Jose and Edmonton and has used both goalies in all three games. The Stars have pulled their goaltender 13 times, most in the NHL.

That’s part of the structure of having two goalies who are equal, and coach Lindy Ruff said a lot of his moves have been to motivate the team, not to punish the goalie.

“The goaltender didn’t leave the guy uncovered at the side of the net. The goaltender wasn’t the one who didn’t get in the lane on the penalty kill,” Ruff said after a 7 1 loss Tuesday at Edmonton. “Let’s spread it around a little bit here. We need more from them, but we need more from the leaders of the team.”

Ruff said the leading scorers have been trying to create scoring too much at times and have been guilty of allowing opponents to go on the counterattack. Benn played a role in the first two goals in San Jose en route to a 5 1 loss Sunday. Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap had a turnover that put the Stars on the penalty kill and turned into a game changing goal against Edmonton.

Patrick Sharp jersey cheap leads the Stars at minus 20, Spezza is minus 16, Tyler Seguin jersey cheap is minus 15 and Benn is minus 9. Those are the four worst on the team. Ruff said he would like to see the top players playing with the intensity of fourth liners such as Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap and Adam Cracknell jersey cheap, and that could create not only fewer chances against but maybe more puck possession and attack zone time.

“The model for us are the McKenzies and Cracknells. They’re really out there trying to prove they can be an everyday NHLer, and the 100 percent [they give] doesn’t drop off on any shift,” Ruff said.

“Our best players have got to do the right things. Sometimes that’s boring or hard, because the other team is trying to check you, the other team is trying to catch you from behind, the other team is trying to make it tough on you.”

And while the Stars might be changing coaching staffs at the end of the season, Ruff said he believes in the system that allowed Dallas to post 50 wins last year. He said he is going to push his team to be aggressive and play hard at both ends of the ice until the season is over.

“I know it’s hard, but we had a lot of Success jersey cheap with that format last year, and I’m not changing now,” Ruff said. “If one piece is missing inside our D zone, our D zone isn’t that good. But if every piece is there doing their job, it can be hard to create against us.”

“As hard as it is right now, you have to play for each other and play as a team,” Lehtonen said. “If even a couple of guys let down, it just doesn’t work. You need everybody at this level pulling the same rope, and that means goalies have to do their part too.”.

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Jordie Benn jersey cheap was quick with the self deprecating humor Monday when asked about facing his brother Jamie for the first time when the Stars play the Montreal Canadiens jersey cheap.

“Probably, when he steps on the ice, I’ll get yelled at to get off,” Jordie joked. “So I’ll be on the bench watching him play.”

The reference is to coaches’ wanting the best defenders out against the best players, and Jordie doesn’t rate quite high enough to go head to head with his Art Ross Trophy winning Young jersey cheaper brother. But the fact that Jordie is doing quite well since being traded away from Jamie isn’t lost on either sibling.

When the two face off for the first time at any level Tuesday in Montreal, there will be much focus on the physical battle between the brothers and best friends. But just as important is that Jordie has been making his own name since a February trade split them up.

“I’m excited that he can be his own person now,” Jamie told reporters in Montreal.

Jordie added: “He’s one of my biggest fans. I think he’s proud that I’m here and doing my own thing now.”

Jamie, who is two years Young jersey cheaper than Jordie, blazed a path out of junior hockey after being drafted by the Stars in 2007. The gifted winger helped Kelowna to the Memorial Cup finals, helped the Texas Stars to the AHL finals and quickly became captain of the NHL Stars. He rocketed to stardom, eventually winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Olympics.

Jordie followed him to the Dallas area, moving in with Jamie and catching on with the CHL’s Allen Americans in 2009. A defensive defenseman, Jordie eventually earned promotions to the Texas Stars and then all the way up to the NHL. With Jordie serving as a seventh defenseman and getting his share of healthy scratches, many speculated that he got the job simply to keep his brother happy.

But along the way, Jordie proved the doubters wrong. He earned playing time over Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap, Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap and Stephen Johns, and when the Canadiens decided they needed some help on defense, they traded for him.

In his 12 games since the trade, Jordie has two goals and is averaging almost 17 minutes of ice time per game. More important, the Canadiens have gone 8 3 1 with Benn in the lineup and re established themselves as Stanley Cup contenders.

“Now he can be Jordie Benn jersey cheap and not Jamie Benn jersey cheap’s brother,” Jamie said after the trade. “I think this is going to be great for him, and he can move on and move forward with his career. And I’m excited to see what happens with him.”

The two played together on hockey and baseball teams in their youth on Vancouver Island and have been pretty much inseparable since. So it’s going to be different for them facing off against each other. While they smile at the thought of the battle, both are competitive enough to make their first meeting pretty intense.

But when the game is over, they’ll still call each other pretty much every day and root for Success jersey cheap on different teams.

“It was tough to see him go, but it was fun to experience the NHL life while we had the time together,” Jamie said.

“It was a fun roller coaster in Dallas, but it’s a new adventure now,” Jordie said.

An adventure in which the older brother might just get a spotlight of his own.

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star: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap was named second star of the week by the NHL. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov jersey cheap was first star and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf jersey cheap was third star.

Lehtonen went 3 0 1 with a 0.98 GAA and .959 save percentage. He earned his 36th career shutout in the process.