Thursday, April 28, 2011

NHL Playoffs 2011 Round Two: Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks

On to the second round of the playoffs and the epic battles to come between the Predators and the Canucks.

As in the first round, we will offer up results, summaries and items of note for this match up from the Western Division. series preview page

Vancouver wins the Series 4 games to 2 

Thursday, April 28-- Nashville 0 at Vancouver 1 
Saturday, April 30-- Nashville 2 at Vancouver 1 (2 OT) 
Tuesday, May 3-- Vancouver 3 at Nashville  2 (1OT) 
Thursday, May 5-- Vancouver 4 at Nashville 2 
Saturday, May 7-- Nashville 4 at Vancouver  3
Monday, May 9-- Vancouver 2 at Nashville 1

Game Six, May 9

Vancouver Province-- Canucks take series in six games, beat Preds 2-1
Vancouver Province--  Tambellini shines in playoffs debut
Vancouver Province-- Bieksa and Hamhuis lead Preds shutdown
Vancouver Province-- Canucks engine sputtering as Kesler carries Sedins
Vancouver Province-- Luongo and the OMG goals of Preds series

Vancouver Province-- Gallagher and Botch: Discuss Canucks second round win
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks knock off Predators 2-1, advance to NHL Western Conference final
Vancouver Sun-- King Kesler 'drives the bus' yet again as Canucks clinch series
Vancouver Sun-- Kevin Bieksa-Dan Hamhius duo make Canucks case for the defence
Vancouver Sun-- Plucky Predators devastated after series loss to Canucks
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks playoff tickets on sale Tuesday at noon
Vancouver Sun-- Who do you want to see as the Canucks' next foe - Sharks or Red Wings?
Vancouver Sun-- The home-ice disadvantage
Vancouver Sun-- Kesler forces Canucks into final four
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators should take pride in playoff effort
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators lose to Vancouver Canucks
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' loss can't cloud seasons of firsts
The Tennessean-- Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler dominates Nashville Predators again
The Tennessean-- Poile looks back on the season
The Tennessean-- Post game ponderings

Pre game information

Vancouver Province-- Higgins' foot injury added to Cancuks fix-it list
Vancouver Province-- Smithson to lead Predators' charge in Game 6
Vancouver Province--  Hopes Alex Edler's "Raging Bull" will check in for Monday's ....
Vancouver Province-- Canucks need real Edler
Vancouver Province-- Watching Game 6 in the "Panic Room"
Vancouver Province-- Game 6 is the time to split the twins
Vancouver Province-- Don't expect good ice for Game 6
Vancouver Province-- Are the Preds really opening things up?
Vancouver Province-- More five-on-five play tough for Canucks in playoffs
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' core players could use a little of Kesler's passion
Vancouver Province-- Canucks take chipped teeth, limps and scrapes in stride ...
Vancouver Province-- Canucks need to find a way to stop beating themselves
Vancouver Province-- Vigneault pumps up Sedins, doesn't question deflating minus 7 rating
Vancouver Province-- Shot blocking Higgins on limp with sore foot, but will play in Game 6
Vancouver Province-- O'Brien to officials: Put those whistles away
Vancouver Sun-- Higgins leaves skate early, but insists he's good to go
Vancouver Sun-- Tambellini gives Canucks' fourth line a different look
Vancouver Sun-- Preds far from dead, now looking to force seventh game against Canucks
Vancouver Sun-- Masters of their own demise
Vancouver Sun-- Rooftop ramblings: Nasvhville imbibers target Kesler, ignore Sedins
Vancouver Sun-- Daniel doesn't like spot in the minus den
Vancouver Sun-- Canuck Dan Hamhius, Best Buddy enjoy Music City reunion
Georgia Straight-- Is the Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin playing with a bad shoulder?
24 Hours Vancouver-- Sedins in the line of fire
24 Hours Vancouver-- Canucks need killer instinct
The Tennessean-- Predators likely to have Smithson in lineup tonight
The Tennessean-- Spaling retunrs from mystery injury
The Tennessean--  The biggest game (again)
The Tennessean-- Canucks continue to have trouble closing the door

Game Five, May 7

Vancouver Province-- Canucks need to tighten play; finish Preds in game six
Vancouver Province-- First Hawks, now Preds, can Canucks survive?
Vancouver Province-- Ward puts Canucks' hopes for series on hold
Vancouver Province-- Canucks go down 4-3 despite titanic Kesler effort
Vancouver Province-- Joel Ward looks like latest version of legendary John Druce ...
Vancouver Province-- Kevin Bieksa warns team diving threatens integrity of the game
Vancouver Province-- Alain Vigneault: A couple of mistakes cost us real bad
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks' pain self-inflicted in blowing Game 5 to Predators
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks can't close the deal, lose 4-3 to Predators in Game 5
Vancouver Sun-- Legwand's lucky bounce leads Nashville Predators revival
Vancouver Sun-- I watched this game: Canucks vs Predators May 7, 2011
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in Game 5
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators get key goal from David Legwand in Game 5 win
The Tennessean-- Canucks' pain self-inflicted
Globe and Mail-- Predators edge Canucks to avoid playoff elimination
Globe and Mail-- Ward sends early Mother's Day card
Globe and Mail-- Joel Ward is living proof of the power of dreams
National Post-- Predators hanging on against Canucks

Pre game information

Vancouver Province-- Just like 2003? Sedins sure hope not, as Canucks try to close...
Vancouver Province-- Sedin Twins on the wrong side of the thin line
Vancouver Province-- Predators' Smithson out for Game 5
Vancouver Province-- Frustrated Predators losing their cool at Canucks' domination
Vancouver Province-- Predators on the hunt for ways to slow down Kesler
Vancouver Province-- From Game 4 to ... Game 7?
Vancouver Sun-- NHL suddenly sees red over Canucks' Green Men... then goes silent
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks' Green men latest in a heralded line of superfine
Vancouver Sun-- Green men become media darlings
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks fans say Saturday Night's alright for Game 5
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks feel ready to close out Predators
Vancouver Sun-- Kesler's fine display earns praise from Daniel
Vancouver Sun-- Witness to one of Canucks' darkest days, Hamhius sees light of a ...
Vancouver Sun-- Lack of offence puts Predators on playoff endangered list
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators face elimination game against Vancouver Canucks
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' Jerred Smithson doesn't travel with team for Game 5
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators need to find offense if comeback is in plans
Globe and Mail-- Canucks push Predators to the brink

Game Four, May 5

Vancouver Sun-- "They're counting, eh? Sedins get the point(s) ...
Vancouver Sun-- Ehrhoff, Kesley Canucks' key combo in Tennessee two-step
Vancouver Sun-- 'Go-to Kes' a killer for Canucks
Vancouver Sun-- Predators coach Barry Trotz still believes in his team
Vancouver Sun-- Predators being overwhelmed by Canucks
Vancouver Province-- Canucks all business as Predators frustration rises
Vancouver Province-- Knock 'em down: the Canucks get back up
Vancouver Province-- Canucks hammer Predators 4-2 to take 3-1 series lead
Vancouver Province-- Canucks dealing with playoff pressure
Vancouver Province-- Trotz said he was protecting the referees with embellishment ploy...
Globe and Mail-- Canucks push Predators to brink
Globe and Mail-- Spurts of vulnerability continue to plague Luongo
Globe and Mail-- Southern hospitality extended to Green men
National Post-- Canucks squeeze out win over Predators
The Tennessean-- Home ice proves no help for Nashivlle Predators
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators drop Game 4, 4-2 to Vancouver Canucks
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators miss chances to even series with Vancouver Canucks

Pre game information

Globe and Mail-- Vancouver's Ryan Kesler the total package
Globe and Mail-- Canucks starting to look like old selves
Globe and Mail-- Should Preds be fined for criticizing officials?
National Post--  Predators' offence isn't adding up
Vancouver Province-- The Sedins must produce, or you can kiss the dream goodbye
Vancouver Province-- Puck rushing defencemen add needed dimension
Vancouver Province-- Trade-deadline acquisitions Higgins, Lapierre paying off in playoffs
Vancouver Province-- Predators won't back off on officiating, but insist they aren't making excuses
Vancouver Province-- O'Brien's gift of gab, occasional jabs a sideshow in must-win game
Vancouver Province-- "Puck Management" Key to Beating Preds
Vancouver Province-- Predators' Legwand on Weber penalty: ref "had a date or something"
Vancouver Province-- Bieksa learns of a double standard in playoff officiating
Vancouver Province-- Green Men taking U. S. by storm
Vancouver Sun-- Predators coach Barry Trotz: Canucks embellished contact on key penalty ...
Vancouver Sun-- Castoffs to playoffs: Canucks Lapierre, Higgins make an impact
Vancouver Sun-- Goal starved Preds go dead offensively
Vancouver Sun-- Canuck Keith Ballard sits, plays the waiting game

Vancouver Sun-- Canadian university grad Joel Ward at the head of the class for Predators
Vancouver Sun-- Memo to Canucks: Let's cut to the quick
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks need to get on with it tonight against Predators
The Tennessean-- For Nashville Predators and sponsors, the Stanley Cup playoffs pay off
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks each used to defensive battles
The Tennessean-- New TV contract helps, but late starts hurt NHL
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators may play Colin Wilson after injury to Steve Sullivan
The Tennessean-- Predators need offensive spark from someone, anyone
The Tennessean-- Canucks defend against calls of faking penalties
The Tennessean-- Preds finding a scorer in Joel Ward
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators rip hooking call

Game Three, May 3

Vancouver Province-- Canucks bring Rinne back to mortality
Vancouver Province-- Canucks resolve materializes with OT win over Preds
Vancouver Province-- Canucks need to win special-team games
Vancouver Sun-- Ryan Kesler strikes twice, including overtime ... 
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks' Kesler outstanding ... then he scored some goals, too
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks' ailing Swedes team up to deliver crucial OT goal
Vancouver Sun-- New Canuck Chris Higgins right at home with Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond
The Tennessean--  Vancouver Canucks disappoint Nashville Predators fans 
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators lose to Vancouver Canucks
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators rip hooking call
Globe and Mail-- Kelser comes through for Canucks
Globe and Mail-- Elvis is the ringmaster in the Predators' circus
National Post-- Kesler's OT goal gives Canucks series lead

Pre-game information

Vancouver Province-- Nashville coach says series changes tonight: "It's on right now"
Vancouver Province--  Predators' O'Brien sets social media a-Twitter
Vancouver Province-- Canucks working on Pekka puzzle
Vancouver Province-- How to unlock Rinne's door?
Vancouver Province-- Do you Kinda Miss Shane O'Brien?
Vancouver Province-- Predators coach Trotz on himself: "I think that guy's ugly."
Vancouver Province-- Legwand a Pred who wants to cut his teeth on Canucks
Vancouver Province-- Predators a franchise many years in the making
Vancouver Province-- Nashville or bust: Here come the Green Men
Vancouver Province-- Preds' O'Brien takes shot at Green Men
Vancouver Province-- Predators' Ward overcame loss of father to reach NHL
Vancouver Province-- Daniel and Henrik Sedin finalists for Foundation Player Award
Vancouver Province-- Sedins not producing but say they will not react like it's 2007
Vancouver Province-- Predator player even a Canuck fan can love
Vancouver Sun-- Nashville coach believes tonight's game is pivotal to series
Vancouver Sun-- "Game on" tonight in Nashville, where Canucks must hunt Predators
Vancouver Sun-- Scoring slump prompts twin grilling
Vancouver Sun-- All Obie all the time: Shane O'Brien unleashed and uncensored...
Vancouver Sun-- Coach mixes lines to jump-start offence
Vancouver Sun-- Trotz, Poile built success from ground up
Vancouver Sun-- Defence duo in perfecty harmony
Vancouver Sun-- Kesler celebrates justice for bin Laden
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks reunite Alex Burrows with slumping Sedins
Vancouver Sun-- It's Sedins' time to get Canucks going ... and they know it
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks feature top U. S. born stars
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators adjust, creating goals
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' past losses pay off
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' Ryan Suter shows off offensive skills, too
The Tennessean-- Upside-down Rinne delivers headaches to Canucks
Globe and Mail-- Nashville gets ready for its NHL closeup
Globe and Mail-- Canucks, Preds ready for Round 3
Globe and Mail-- Burrows given match to light fire under Sedins
Globe and Mail-- Canucks on the road again
Globe and Mail-- NHL should embrace Vancouver's 'Green Men'
Globe and Mail-- Canucks watch list
Globe and Mail-- Brash O'Brien takes to Twitter
National Post-- As usual, it's all about the Sedins
National Post-- Canucks getting what they deserve

Game Two, April 30 2011

Globe and Mail-- Predators edge Canucks in OT
Globe and Mail-- Elvis Costello is in the building
The Province-- Canucks get bit by Predators in 2-1 OT loss
The Province--  Sedins need offense to run on all cylinders
The Province-- Predators man-up and answer to Trotz
The Province-- 2011 looking like 2003 for Canucks
The Province-- Will the real Canucks please stand up
The Sun-- Split happens as Predators beat Canucks 2-1 in double overtime
The Sun-- Preds grind out perfect road win to gain split in Vancouver
The Sun-- Predators' Halischuk no stranger to overtime heroics
The Tennessean-- Preds even series with dramatic 2OT win
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators use defense to silence Vancouver's Sedin twins
National Post-- Predators top Canucks in OT to even series
Toronto Star-- Canucks blow another lead, lose to Nashville

Pre game information

Vancouver Province-- Canucks look to extend series lead over Predators
Vancouver Province-- Canucks - Predators also a battle of the bench bosses
Vancouver Province-- What a difference five years has made for Canucks coach...
Vancouver Province-- Predators vow to rebound after Game 1 embarrassment
Vancouver Province-- Canucks need to solve the riddle of Pred's goalie...
Vancouver Province-- Trade deadline decisions could make crucial difference...
Vancouver Province-- Canucks not troubled by power outage
Vancouver Province-- Samuelsson to self: Shoot the puck
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks Dan Hamhuis is too Hip to Sqaure heading into Game 2
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks - Predators also a battle of the bench bosses
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks' Lapierre becoming a Max Factor
Vancouver Sun-- Nashville coach 'cried' watching his team's Game 1 performance
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault defuses power-play concerns
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators down on their effort in Game 1
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators get reminded of Game 1 failures...
The Tennessean-- Preds get it out of their system
Globe and Mail-- Canucks, Predators to focus on goalmouth scrambles
Globe and Mail-- Predators coach Barry Trotz challenges his team to be better
National Post-- Different coaching styles, same success

Game One, April 28 2011

Vancouver Province-- Canucks take Predators in slow-paced opener
Vancouver Province-- Canucks D solid in boring game
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks come out flying, shut out Predators 1-0
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks administer a 1-0 blowout over Predators
Vancouver Sun-- Is NHL no longer hip to a Ballard clip on Bobby Baun Boulevard?
Vancouver Sun-- Game 1, Canucks-Predators Game within a game
Globe and Mail-- Canucks strike first
Globe and Mail-- Blake Geoffrion has hockey in his blood
National Post-- Canucks strike first in listless affair
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators lose Game 1 to Vancouver Canucks

Pre-game information

Vancouver Province-- Second goal, first baby: What a 24 hour stretch for Canucks' Burrows
Vancouver Province-- Predators not to be taken lightly, but the call is Canucks in seven
Vancouver Province-- Former Predator Dan Hamhuis lists Nashville's strengths
Vancouver Province-- Vigneault's redemption a work in progress
Vancouver Province-- Kesler-Burrows-Raymond line might formidable
Vancouver Province-- Our writers weigh in with predictions
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' playoff run trumps more HST town halls on Thursday
Vancouver Province-- Luongo has shown - once again - that he has the right stuff
Vancouver Province-- Kesler shows what he's ;made of in Game 7 win
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' Daniel Sedin among Hart finalists, but Core Perry favoured
Vancouver Province-- Canucks - Predators preview
Vancouver Province-- The big questions for Nashville-Vancouver
Vancouver Province-- Interesting matchups await in Canucks - Predators series
Vancouver Province-- Predators overachievers? Babcock doesn't think so
Vancouver Province-- Daniel Sedin joins Perry, St. Louis as Hart finalists
Vancouver Province-- Vancouver Psychic says Canucks must move beyond "warrior mode"..
Vancouver Province-- Higgins and Lapierre paying big dividends for Canucks
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks claim they are ready for Predators despite short rest
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks remained favoured to win by Vegas oddsmakers
Vancouver Sun-- Only one trophy on Ryan Kesler's mind
Vancouver Sun-- Politics takes back seat to Canuck playoffs in B. C.
Vancouver Sun-- 15 fun facts on the Canucks - Predators
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks - Predators, predictions roundup: Who will win?
Vancouver Sun-- Carrie Underwood vs. Michael Buble
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks now Canada's team - by default
Globe and Mail-- Canucks prepared for precision Predators
Globe and Mail-- No shortage of animosity between Canucks, Predators
Globe and Mail-- Mike Fisher is a player from a bygone era
Globe and Mail-- Canuck GM fined by NHL for complaining about officials prior to Game 7
National Post-- Weber's playoff beard ready for its close-up
National Post-- Post-season success has Nashville 'abuzz'
National Post-- Canucks as Canada's team? No thanks
National Post-- Canucks, Predators clash on Hockey Night
National Post-- Return of Erat gives Predators flexibility
National Post-- Weber follows playoff breakthrough with Norris nod
The Tennessean-- Predators face tough opponent in Vancouver Canucks
The Tennessean-- Predators arrive in Vancouver for second round
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' Shane O'Brien still holds grudge against Vancouver...
The Tennessean-- Game 1 preview
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators will play Vancouver Canucks
The Tennessean-- Nashville's expectations
The Tennessean--- On and off ice, Nashville Predators' Tootoo show improvement
The Tennessean-- Predators prepare for different animal
The Tennessean-- Martin Erat returns to ice
The Tennessean-- Steve Sullivan feels younger during playoff run
The Tennessean-- Preds rest, await next foe
The Tennessean-- Weber is Norris finalist

A review of all the round two series action can be found here.

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