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2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Semifinals

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The second round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs has started. Follow former New York Islanders by checking back daily for news and updates.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals

Series Stats
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Lightning won series over Capitals 4-0
Canucks won series over Predators 4-2
Bruins won series over Flyers 4-0
Sharks won series over Red Wings 4-3

Eastern Conference
No. 5
No. 1
Bergenheim emerging as a scoring sensation
Growing up in Finland in the 1990s, Teemu Selanne was the obvious player to look up to, and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Sean Bergenheim did just that, but other stars of the day caught his eye like Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros. In a conference call Thursday afternoon, Bergenheim noted that he mailed cards to Bure and Lindros and received them back with autographs.
McPhee: Any changes likely to come from within
After the Washington Capitals were upset by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, general manager George McPhee resisted the idea of wholesale change for an organization that had three consecutive playoff disappointments.
No. 3
No. 2
Lucic picks optimal moment to end drought
Milan Lucic didn't even try to lie. Yes, he knew it had been 20 games since he had scored a goal. Yes, he knew it was March 22 -- a stretch of almost 50 days -- since he had scored a goal. Yes, he knew his Bruins were lucky to be in the position they were without their 30-goal scorer facing one of the most frustrating droughts of his career.
Goaltending, lack of offense part of Flyers' demise
The ending was certainly not what Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren envisioned when his team entered the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring. Being eliminated in a four-game sweep by the Boston Bruins in the second round? It's unacceptable. Particularly for a team that came within two wins of winning the Cup one year ago.

Western Conference
No. 5
No. 1
Henrik Sedin plays huge role in Canucks' win
Daniel Sedin finally scored a goal in Game 6 against Nashville and his brother had a hand in what proved to be the series-clinching winner for the Vancouver Canucks, who advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 17 years with a 2-1 victory against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Preds can't cash in on power play
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz called it "a tough pill to swallow." In the first period, Nashville failed to score on four power-play opportunities.  According to the stats the Predators' coaching staff keeps, Trotz said, Nashville had out-chanced Vancouver by an 11-2 margin in the first 20 minutes -- and yet they entered second intermission down by two goals.
No. 3
No. 2
Red Wings have Game 7 experience on Sharks
When it comes to Game 7 experience, the numbers for the Detroit Red Wings are staggering. Not counting inactive veteran goalie Chris Osgood -- who has played six Game 7s in his career -- the Red Wings have a combined 77 Game 7s under their belt spread among 21 players.
Focus doesn't change for Red Wings
Jimmy Howard lost his train of thought thanks to a compliment paid by none other than Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe. "Forwards hate this guy," Howe told a reporter interviewing Howard on Tuesday inside the Red Wings' locker room after Detroit's 3-1 win in Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks.

Former Islanders

Eastern Conference
  Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara (drafted in 1996 & played 4 seasons)
     * 10 games, 2 goals (1 PPG), 2 assists, +11 rating, 8 PIM, 34 shots
   Tampa Bay Lightning
Dwayne Roloson (played just over one season before being traded to TBL earlier this season)
11 games, 2.01 GAA, .941 SV%
Sean Bergenheim (played combined 7 seasons with NYI and BST - began during 2003-04 season)
     * 11 games, 7 goals (1 GW), 1 assist, +4 rating, 8 PIM, 36 shots
Nate Thompson (played 1.5 seasons before being traded last season)
11 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 PIM, 18 shots
Eric Brewer (played 2 seasons including a 25 game stint with the Lowell Lock Monsters in 1999-2000)
     * 11 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, +1 rating, 4 PIM, 19 shots
Marc-Andre Bergeron (played 69 games between two seasons starting in 2006-07)
     * 7 games, 1 goal (PPG & GW), 1 assist, -1 rating, 2 PIM, 4 shots
   Washington Capitals
John Erskine (played 34 games in the 2005-06 season)
     * 9 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, +1 rating, 6 PIM, 6 shots
Tom Poti (played 76 games in 2006-07 season)
     * Did Not Play
  Philadelphia Flyers
No former Islanders
Who's Hot

Sean Bergenheim

Eric Brewer

Western Conference
Vancouver Canucks
Roberto Luongo (drafted 4th overall in 1997, split the 1999-2000 season with NYI and the Lowell Lock Monsters)
     * 13 games, 2.25 GAA, .917 SV%
Raffi Torres (split 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons between NYI and BST)
     * 11 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating, 18 PIM, 10 shots
Jeff Tambellini (split 5 seasons from 2005-06 to 2009-10 between NYI and BST)
     * 1 game
Detroit Red Wings
Todd Bertuzzi (played 3 seasons from 1995-96 to 1997-98 with NYI including 13 games with the IHL Utah Grizzlies)
     *11 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, +1 rating, 15 PIM, 23 shots
Joey MacDonald (split the 2007-08 season between NYI and BST, then played following season solely for NYI)
     * Did Not Play
Nashville Predators
J-P Dumont (drafted 3rd overall in 1996)
     * 3 games, 1 assist, -1 rating, 2 PIM, 2 shots
San Jose Sharks
No former Islanders
In the Crease
Dwayne Roloson
Roberto Luongo

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