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Wednesday, April 25
Vancouver at Anaheim (10 p.m. EDT). The Canucks advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003 with a Game 7 win over Dallas on Monday night.
San Jose won three of its four games against Detroit this season, scoring 13 power-play goals in the process. That includes a franchise-record six during a 9-4 win over the Red Wings on Jan. 4. The teams begin their Western Conference semifinal series on Thursday night in Detroit.
Atlanta captain Scott Mellanby retired Tuesday, less than a week after the Thrashers were swept in their first trip to the NHL playoffs. In 21 NHL seasons, Mellanby had 364 goals, 476 assists and 2,479 penalty minutes with five different clubs. He reached the Stanley Cup finals with Philadelphia in 1987 and Florida in 1996 but never won the ultimate prize.
``This is as far as I want to see him get.'' - Anaheim general manager Brian Burke on Vancouver counterpart and former right-hand man Dave Nonis. Nonis succeeded Burke as Canucks' GM after he was let go following the 2003-2004 season and the lockout that wiped out the following season. The Ducks and Canucks open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night in Anaheim.