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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


Entering a pivotal Game 3 on Buffalo ice, Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette was faced with a difficult decision. Would he give his starter, Sergei Bobrovsky, the nod after a rough stretch in Game 2, or would he ride the hot hand and opt for Brian Boucher?

Laviolette elected to start Boucher, and the netminder answered the call nicely by stopping 35 of 37 shots on the night. With the score tied 1-1, Danny Briere lit the lamp early in the second to give Philadelphia a lead it would not relinquish in enemy territory.

The Sabres found life late in the second period, drawing within a goal on Nathan Gerbe's wrister. But this night belonged to the man in the crease, as Boucher held Buffalo scoreless in the third and Kimmo Timonen tallied an empty netter in the closing seconds as Philadelphia prevailed, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.

NHL Network presents: Game 2 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


After a brilliant performance by Ryan Miller stymied the Flyers' offense in Game 1, Philadelphia was in desperate need of a strong showing in Game 2, on both ends of the ice, to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole before heading to western New York. While Buffalo edged Philly in Game 1, the Sabres knew they needed to convert on more chances in the Flyers' zone in order to seize command in the best-of-seven series.

Both teams came out with a purpose offensively in the first period of Game 2, as Buffalo and Philadelphia scored three times apiece in the opening 13:14 of the contest. Then, with the game tied 3-3 in the second, the Flyers reeled off two important goals in just under two minutes, courtesy of tallies by Ville Leino and former Sabre Danny Briere.

Backup goaltender Brian Boucher, who relieved Sergei Bobrovsky after he allowed 3 goals on 7 Buffalo shots in the first period, provided much-needed stability in the crease for the rest of the night. Boucher stole the show by stopping 20 of 21 shots, as Philly rallied to even the series, 1-1.

NHL Network presents: Game 1 2011 ECQF: Sabres vs. Flyers

Monday, 07.04.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


A year removed from an epic run to the Stanley Cup Final, the Philadelphia Flyers battled through a rough end to the regular season and secured the East's No. 2 seed. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres stormed into the postseason as one of the League's hottest teams, earning at least a point in 20 of their last 24 games.

Danny Briere was set to face his former team for the first time in the playoffs since leaving Buffalo in 2006-07, as the Flyers and Sabres kicked off their playoff series in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

While both teams had their fair share of chances in the first two periods, goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky and Ryan Miller stood tall and kept the game scoreless heading into the final stanza. Searching for a spark, Buffalo opened the scoring 5:56 into the third period when Patrick Kaleta tapped in a rebound to give Miller all the offense he would need on this day.

Miller, Briere's former teammate in Buffalo, silenced the orange-clad Wells Fargo Center crowd by stopping all 35 shots in a 1-0 road victory for the Sabres in Game 1.

NHL Network presents: Game 5 2011 ECQF: Capitals vs. Rangers

Sunday, 07.03.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


As the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers entered Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, the Caps had the opportunity to achieve something they were not able to do in the first five postseason series of head coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure in D.C. Since Boudreau became head coach in November 2008, Washington had never won a playoff series in less than the maximum seven games. But a higlight-reel goal and an assist from captain Alex Ovechkin coupled with 26 saves from rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth gave the Capitals a 3-1 win to wrap up the series.

Washington was the more agressive team in Game 5 and despite Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist's best efforts, the Caps emerged victorious. A 3-0 Capitals lead late in the third period proved to be too much for the Blueshirts as Washington avenged its 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in which they surrendered a 3-1 series lead.

NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 ECQF: Rangers vs. Capitals

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


With the first three games of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinal series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers being very close contests, it was no surprise that Game 4 would once again be settled with just one goal. However, the Blueshirt faithful at Madison Square Garden were more shocked than surprised by the fact that their team surrendered a 3-0 first-period lead and eventually fell 4-3 in double overtime.

Artem Anisimov got the scoring going for New York with a wrist shot early in the first period that found its way past Caps' goalie Michal Neuvirth and into the back of the net. Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky added goals just seven seconds apart later in the first to give the Rangers what seemed like a comfortable 3-0 lead. But the Capitals refused to go quietly as they owned the second period and tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Alex Semin and a pair of tallies from center Marcus Johansson. Jason Chimera sealed it on a tip-in goal past Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist in double OT to give Washington a 3-1 series lead heading back to D.C.


NHL Net. continues coverage on free agency eve

Thursday, 06.30.2011 / 1:10 PM / NHL Network


There are less than 24 hours until the free agency signing period opens and NHL Network is continuing its expansive coverage and analysis of what names could be on the move and to where.

From 4-6 ET, NHL Live will give its take on the impending signing period as hosts E.J. Hradek and Bill Pidto welcome Red Wings GM Ken Holland, former New York Ranger Adam Graves and television analyst Pierre McGuire to the show.

Following NHL Live, Brian Duff and Craig Button will tackle all the latest moves as teams rush to sign their impending free agents before the deadline on NHL On The Fly at 6 ET. In addition Darren Dreger will chime in with his latest insider report.

Scheduled to appear are Nashville general manager David Poile and recently-signed St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECQF: Rangers vs. Capitals

Thursday, 06.30.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


The Rangers were back home at Madison Square Garden for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series and were desperate not to fall into a 3-0 hole at the hands of the Eastern Conference-best Washington Capitals. But for the Blueshirts to escape with a victory, they would need to depend on the resiliency that became a hallmark for them during the 2010-11 regular season.

A tally in the closing seconds of the second period would have given the Rangers a 2-1 lead, but the score was negated as a goal review determined time had expired before the puck crossed the goal line. The Rangers reclaimed that 2-1 lead midway through the third on a Vinny Prospal goal, but the Capitals' Mike Knuble tied it  at 2-2 on a slick wrist shot with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. However, Brandon Dubinsky's circus-like backhander went up and over Caps' goalie Michal Neuvirth's shoulder and into the net with less than two minutes left in the game to give New York the 3-2 win and cut Washington's series lead to 2-1.


NHL Network to broadcast July 1 FA Frenzy

NHL Live, NHL On The Fly cover deadline with special shows

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 3:22 PM / NHL Network


NEW YORK -- With the 2010-11 NHL season complete, it's time to focus on the upcoming campaign as Clubs begin to build their teams and solidify their rosters with the official start of the NHL's Free Agency period on Friday, July 1.

Hockey fans can watch TSN's Free Agent Frenzy show on NHL Network U.S. beginning at noon ET to follow all the signings and rumors during one of the most exciting days on the League's calendar. Hosted by James Duthie, FREE AGENT FRENZY features two panels comprised of TSN's team of hockey experts as well as correspondents filing reports on the day's activities from each Canadian NHL city.
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger are joined by Gord Miller at the ‘Free Agent Signing Desk' to bring viewers breaking news on NHL deals. Duthie is joined by TSN hockey analysts Pierre McGuire, Darren Pang and Mike Johnson on the ‘Instant Analysis Panel' while Steve Kouleas hosts a panel with former NHL GM Craig Button and ex-NHLer Michael Peca delivering opinions on all the day's developments. Duthie will also conduct live interviews with players and GMs from around the league, providing viewers with instant reaction from the deal-makers and players involved.

Upcoming free agent coverage on NHL Network

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 12:50 PM / NHL Network


As the free agent signing period rapidly approaches on Friday, NHL Network's wall-to-wall coverage continues Wednesday on NHL Live and NHL On the Fly.

From 4-6 ET, NHL Live will discuss which free-agent forwards are likely to wind up where. This year's forward class, headlined by Stars' forward Brad Richards, became more interesting Wednesday with the news that New York's Chris Drury will accept a buyout from the Rangers and test the market. As well, with word that Pittsburgh may have set Wednesday as a deadline for reaching a potential deal with Jaromir Jagr, there is plenty of intrigue for the NHL Live crew to discuss.

NHL Network presents: Game 2 2011 ECQF: Capitals vs. Rangers

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network


The Washington Capitals entered Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers with a full head of steam after Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin helped them overcome a late 1-0 deficit for a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1. For its second home game in the series, Washington once again turned to their rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth and the talented Czech did not disappoint.

In only his second career postseason start, Neuvirth made 22 saves to stifle the Rangers and lead the Caps to a 2-0 shutout win at the Verizon Center. A pair of Jasons -- Chimera and Arnott -- gave Washington all the offense it needed with goals less than two minutes apart at the start of the second period. The win also staked the Caps to a 2-0 series lead as they headed to New York for Games 3 and 4.

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