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FOXY BREAKS DOWN ROUND TWO

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

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Detroit Red Wings (2)
  Anaheim Ducks (8)

Series Storylines: The Red Wings and Ducks will meet in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time since 1997; the only clubs who have met more often in that span are the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers (six times). In 1997, the Red Wings eliminated Anaheim in the Conference Semifinals en route to their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. Three of the four games went to overtime, including double- and triple-OT contests. In 1999, the Red Wings swept Anaheim in decisive fashion, outscoring the Ducks 17-6. In 2003, the seventh-seeded Ducks shocked the second-seeded Red Wings in the Conference Quarterfinals with a four-game sweep. Two games were decided in overtime, including a triple-OT thriller in Game 1. In 2007, the Ducks ousted the Red Wings in six games in the Western Conference Final en route to their first Stanley Cup.

Season Series: The Ducks captured the first 2008-09 meeting in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime at Honda Center on Oct. 29. Center Ryan Getzlaf assisted on all five Anaheim goals. The Red Wings took the next three games of the series, the most recent being a 5-2 win at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 20.
Foxy Says: Detroit in Six
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GAME 5: Detroit 4, Anaheim 1
GAME 6: Anaheim 2, Detroit 1
GAME 7: Detroit 4, Anaheim 3


 

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Vancouver Canucks (3)
  Chicago Blackhawks (4)

Series Storylines: The Canucks and Blackhawks have met twice before in the playoffs, most recently in a 1995 second-round series won by the Blackhawks in a four-game sweep. The first meeting, a 1982 Conference Final won by the Canucks in five games, will forever be remembered as the series that spawned 'Towel Power' in Vancouver. During the second period of Game 2 at Chicago, Canucks head coach Roger Neilson raised a hockey stick covered with a white towel in mock surrender to protest the officiating and was ejected from the game. Canucks fans supported their coach by waving white towels at subsequent home games and a tradition was born.

Dreaming of the Conference Finals: The Canucks are vying for their first Conference Finals appearance since 1994, while the Blackhawks look to advance to the final four for the first time since 1995.

Season Series: The Canucks and Blackhawks split the four-game season series, each winning one game at home and on the road. Goaltender Cristobal Huet won both his starts for the Blackhawks, while teammate Nikolai Khabibulin was winless in two appearances. Roberto Luongo registered both victories for the Canucks. The clubs' most recent meeting, a 4-0 Canucks win at United Center on March 29, was a penalty-filled affair with 98 total minutes assessed.
Foxy Says: Vancouver in six
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GAME 5: Chicago 4, Vancouver 2
GAME 6: Chicago 7, Vancouver 5


EASTERN CONFERENCE


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Boston Bruins (1)
  Carolina Hurricanes(6)

Series Storylines: The Bruins and Hurricanes have met once before in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The sixth-seeded Bruins ousted the third-seeded Hurricanes, coached by Paul Maurice, in six games in the 1999 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final. The franchises also contested playoff series in consecutive years prior to the Hurricanes' relocation from Hartford; the Bruins won 1990 and 1991 first-round series in seven and six games, respectively.

Season Series: The Bruins won all four meetings against Carolina during the regular season, outscoring the Hurricanes 18-6. Forward David Krejci paced Boston with seven points (3-4--7) and a +7 rating. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas went 3-0 and allowed just four goals, while Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward recorded four losses and a 3.90 goals-against average.

Foxy Says: Bruins in six
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GAME 5: Boston 4, Carolina 0
GAME 6: Boston 4, Carolina 2
GAME 7: Carolina 3, Boston 2 OT



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Washington Capitals (2)
  Pittsburgh Penguins (4)

Season Storylines: The Capitals won three of the four games between the teams during the 2008-09 season, including both at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena. The Penguins’ lone victory came on March 8, with Sidney Crosby scoring the only goal in a shootout after tallies by Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich had erased a 3-1 Pens lead going into the third period. None of the four meetings lacked for offense, as the teams combined for seven goals three times and nine goals once. Alexander Semin (4-3-7) and Ovechkin (4-2-6) led the Caps in scoring while Crosby (1-6-7) and Evgeni Malkin (2-3-5) paced the Pens.

Playoff History: While this will be the eighth playoff series between the old Patrick Division rivals, it will be the first since 2001. Pittsburgh won six of the previous seven postseason meetings – including two that went all the way to seventh games (1992 Patrick Division SF, 1995 Eastern Conference QF). Their six-game 2001 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final included five one-goal games of which two went into overtime. On Apr. 24, 1009, Pittsburgh’s Petr Nedved ended the fifth-longest game in NHL history by scoring 19:15 into the fourth overtime of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference Quarter-Final in which Washington won the first two games and Pittsburgh the next four.
Foxy Says: Penguins in five
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GAME 7: Pittsburgh 6, Washington 2
 

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