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Blues, Blackhawks resume series with little rest

Quick hits on today’s NHL playoff games:

Back at it again

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks have an afternoon start, giving them less than 39 hours of rest after stretching their first game to a third overtime. 347 more words

NHL

Erik Johnson Rescues Avs With Big Save Against Wild

DENVER (AP)Erik Johnson saved the night for Colorado with his quick feet and thinking.

The Avalanche defenseman raced from the blue line to the goal line and swatted away a puck just three inches shy of sliding in for a game-sealing, empty-net goal by Minnesota late in regulation. 740 more words

Sports

Late rally by Avalanche takes Game 1 from Wild, 5-4, in overtime

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By Jared Crozier

Like most of the other first round games, offense was the big story — the Avalanche and the Wild combined for nine goals in Game 1. 453 more words

Playoff Recaps

Stastny Leads Avs To 5-4 OT Win Over Wild

DENVER (AP) Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night. 684 more words

Sports

Can slumping St. Louis Blues turn around their losing ways?

The big question for the St. Louis Blues tonight as they face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks is whether they can flip a switch.

The Blues were touted among the Stanley Cup favorites in March after they acquired goaltender Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres, but those predictions dropped off as the Blues suffered through a season-ending six-game losing streak. 467 more words

NHL

An Avalanche is Coming: Colorado Series Preview

The Wild are in the playoffs for the fifth time. Their first round opponent, for the third time (because to hell with variety), will be the Colorado Avalanche. 1,194 more words

Minnesota Wild

Playoff Preview: Tampa Bay vs. Montreal

Ah, finally: we have playoff hockey.

The games get going tonight (actually, these two teams are playing right now, but you’ll have to take my word for it that I’m not watching it at the moment), and there are a couple of first round matchups between Atlantic Division foes that should produce some fairly fantastic battles over the next week or so. 699 more words