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Tampa Bay Lightning likely ready to make Rick Tocchet coach Monday

The Canucks’ Mason Raymond celebrates his first-period goal, his first of the playoffs, which gave his team a 1-0 lead.

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The Canucks’ Mason Raymond celebrates his first-period goal, his first of the playoffs, which gave his team a 1-0 lead.

Eastern Conference
Game 1 Bruins 4, Hurricanes 1
Game 2 Hurricanes 3, Bruins 0
Today at Carolina , 7:30, Versus@
Friday at Carolina , 7:30, Versus@
Sunday at Boston , 7:30, Versus
Tuesday at Carolina , 7, Versus*
May 14 at Boston, TBD*
Game 1 Capitals 3, Penguins 2
Game 2 Capitals 4, Penguins 3
Today at Pittsburgh, 7, Versus
Friday at Pittsburgh, 7, Versus
Saturday at Washington, 7, Versus*
Monday at Pitt., TBD, Versus*
May 13 at Washington, 7, Versus*

Western Conference
Game 1 Wings 3, Ducks 2
Game 2 Ducks 4, Wings 3, 3OT
Tuesday at Anaheim, late
Thursday at Anaheim, 10:30, Versus
Sunday at Detroit, 5
Tuesday at Anaheim, TBD, Versus*
May 14 at Detroit, TBD, Versus*
CANUCKS 2, Blackhawks 1
Game 1 Canucks 5, Blackhawks 3
Game 2 Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3
Tuesday Canucks 3, Blackhawks 1
Thursday at Chicago, 8, Versus
Saturday at Van., 10:30, Versus
Monday at Chicago, 9, Versus*@
May 14 at Van., TBD, Versus*

* if necessary; @ joined in progress at conclusion of first game

Canucks 1 2 0 3
Blackhawks 0 1 0 1
Canucks lead series 2-1

CHICAGO — Roberto Luongo made an early lead stand up and the Canucks regained home-ice advantage by beating the Blackhawks 3-1 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

Burned by Chicago's speed in the first two games, the Canucks offset it with better puck control and an aggressive physical defense despite being without injured versatile defenseman Sami Salo.

"One thing we don't want to do against this team is play chance-for-chance," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "There is too much skill and speed. … We're going to keep it high percentage. If we do that and play a good puck possession game, we give ourselves a better chance to win."

First Period1, Vancouver, Raymond 1 (Kesler, Bieksa), 15:34. PenaltiesVaananen, Van (roughing), 1:43; Byfuglien, Chi (goaltender interference), 2:45; Pyatt, Van (boarding), 12:00; Bolland, Chi (delay of game), 16:45; Kane, Chi (hooking), 19:20.

Second Period2, Vancouver, Bernier 2 (Edler, D.Sedin), 1:00 (pp). 3, Vancouver, H.Sedin 4 (Edler), 8:40. 4, Chicago, Campbell 2 (Havlat, Keith), 11:09 (pp). PenaltiesKesler, Van (roughing), 7:55; Brouwer, Chi (roughing), 7:55; D.Sedin, Van (tripping), 9:22.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesEdler, Van (delay of game), :28; Seabrook, Chi (tripping), 4:16; Raymond, Van (delay of game), 11:25; Toews, Chi (high-sticking), 20:00. Shots on GoalVancouver 7-7-7—21. Chicago 7-7-10—24. Power-play opportunitiesVancouver 1 of 4; Chicago 1 of 5. GoaliesVancouver, Luongo 6-1-0 (24 shots-23 saves). Chicago, Khabibulin 5-4-0 (21-18). A22,659 (20,500).

Coyotes: The team filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and the filing included a proposed sale to BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie and a move to Ontario.

Balsillie said his $212.5 million offer is conditional on the Coyotes relocating to Canada, where they were the Winnipeg Jets before moving for the 1996-97 season.

The stunned league reacted by stripping Coyotes CEO Jerry Moyes of his power and saying it was investigating. The franchise had been seeking new ownership since December. Commissioner Gary Bettman has said the team won't move.

Monday Tocchet's day?

With Lightning GM Brian Lawton in Switzerland through Friday for the world championships, the announcement and introduction of Rick Tocchet as coach likely will not be until 7 p.m. Monday at an open house at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tocchet was 19-33-14 as interim coach after Barry Melrose was fired. He has said the sides are "very close" to agreeing on what is believed to be a three-year deal.

Lightning pRESEASON: The team will play Sept. 24 against the Oilers in Winnipeg. The rest of the schedule will be released in the summer.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

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