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2011 NHL Playoff Coverage
Nashville Predators 0 Vancouver Canucks 1 (Game 1; Canucks lead series 1-0)
The second round of the NHL Playoffs started last night out in Vancouver as the Canucks took on the Nashville Predators, marking the first time the two teams have ever met in the post season.
Canucks would put 30 shots on Pekka Rinne but only get one past him; lucky for the Canucks that is all they would need as Roberto Luongo would stonewall the Predators.
The only goal of the game came at 12:14 of the second period by Canucks Chris Higgins when he put a wrist shot past Rinne.
Three Stars of the game
Pekka Rinne – Predators
Mason Raymond – Canucks
Roberto Luongo – Canucks
Up into the Netting
The NHL announced the three finalist for the Hart Trophy for the leagues MVP:
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Later today the NHL will announce the three finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy awarded to the top coach.
Rangers head coach John Torterlla remains confident in Marian Gaborik.
Versus will be covering the 2011 IIHF World Championship that starts April 30 at 10:00 a.m. EST from Bratislava, Slovakia when Team USA will face off against Austria in the preliminary round. Versus will have New Jersey Devil and member of the silver medal winning Olympic Team USA Zach Parise as a guest analyst.
Speaking of Worlds – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Sami Lepisto whom will be on the blueline for Team Finland has been posting pictures including this picture of one of the pairs of shoes for the team.
Is Lepisto feeling the pressure? Finland’s head coach Jukka Jalonen is under pressure for a medal.
According to Jeff Marek on Twitter under the agreement from last season the NHL refs made $13,500 per playoff round while linesmen took home $9,750.
Marcus Kruger will join the roster for Team Swden as Tom Wandell is out.
According to the NHL official Twitter account the first round had 49 games played which matched the most ever played in a NHL first round.
The Green Men of Vancouver have told the guys on Puck Daddy Radio that they will be at game 2 and that “Carrie Underwood is going to hate us.”
Toronto Maple Leafs sigh Swedish goaltender Mark Owuya to a two-year deal. Owuya’s brother Sebastian is a defense prospect of the Atlanta Thrashers playing in the WHL.
Video of Mark Owuya on the Swedish version of American Idol (via Juha Hiitelä):
Goalies heading to Worlds: Maple Leafs James Reimer will start for Canada at Worlds today while Windsor Spitfires Jack Campbell will join Team USA.
Today’s NHL Playoff Lineup
Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals
7:00 EST on Versus, TSN and RDS
Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks
10:00 EST on Versus, TSN and RDS