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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/19/2011

NHL playoffs: Monday roundup

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 7 Buffalo
(Flyers lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 2: Flyers 6, Sabres 5

Game 3: Flyers 4, Sabres 2
Brian Boucher stopped 35 shots in his new role as starting goaltender for the Flyers and Danny Briere and Nikolay Zherdev each scored second-period goals to help Philadelphia take its first lead in the series and hand the host Sabres consecutive defeats for the first time since Feb. 23. Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe tallied for Buffalo, which never led in the game, and Jeff Carter’s goal for the Flyers proved to be the game-winner as Philadelphia improved to 6-0-2 in its past eight visits to Buffalo.
Nikolay Zherdev scores a second period goal past Buffalo’s Ryan Miller as the Flyers took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. (Devin Duprey - AP)

Game 4: Wednesday at Buffalo, 7:30

- Read the full game story from Monday

- Box score

- Jeff Carter’s emergence in the series has given the Flyers new life, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist says Brian Boucher’s return to the net could change the postseason outlook for the Flyers

- Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason says it’s time Brad Boyes lived up to his billing and gave the Sabres some postseason production - Boyes is currently in the midst of a 14-game goalless drought.

- More from the Buffalo News: Drew Stafford scored his first playoff goal since 2007, but it wasn’t enough to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead in the series

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 6 Montreal
(Canadiens lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Bruins 1

Game 3: Bruins 4, Canadiens 2
With captain Zdeno Chara back in the lineup after missing Game 2 due to dehydration, the Bruins finally got on the board in a series where neither team has been able to defend its home ice. David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored first-period goals and Tim Thomas had 34 saves as the Bruins snapped a six-game postseason losing streak dating back to last year’s collapse after taking a 3-0 lead against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference seminfinals.

Game 4: Thursday at Montreal, 7

- Read the full story from Monday’s game

- Box score

- From the Boston Globe: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made all the difference as Boston regained its footing in the series

- More from the Globe: Despite winning Game 3, the Bruins continue to show the rough edges that often spell disaster in the playoffs

- From the Montreal Gazette: Goalie Carey Price said the Habs were too loose heading into Monday’s Game 3 in Montreal

- It’s no surprise that Boston bounced back in Game 3, even playing in a hostile environment, writes Gazette columnist Red Fisher

Keep reading for full coverage of every playoff series including scores, schedules, recaps and links to related coverage...

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Penguins lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Penguins 3, Lightning 0

Game 2: Lightning 5, Penguins 1

Game 3: Penguins 3, Lightning 2
Martin St. Louis scored a pair of power-play goals - late in the first period and early in the third - to erase a 2-0 deficit in the Lightning’s first home playoff game in four years, but Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots as the Penguins bounced back from a 5-1 defeat in Game 2.
Penguins right wing Arron Asham (45) celebrates with teammates Mike Rupp (17) and Craig Adams (27) after scoring a first period goal. (Chris O'Meara - AP)

Game 4: Wednesday at Tampa Bay, 7

- Read the full story from Monday’s game

- Box score

- Quick strikes keyed Pittsburgh’s win Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s recap

- Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier writes that the noise from the 15,000 drums handed out to Lightning fans on Monday did little to rattle the visiting Penguins

- Monday’s start was no way to begin your first home playoff game in four years , writes the Tampa Tribune’s Martin Fennelly.

- More from the Tribune: Veteran netminder Dwayne Roloson has one thing that's invaluable at this time of the season, a short memory

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 New York
(Capitals lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT)

Game 2: Capitals 2, Rangers 0

Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 2

Game 4: Wednesday at New York, 7 (Versus)

- In his latest On Hockey piece, Tarik El-Bashir writes it’s time for the Caps to address their shortcomings and step up

- Bruce Boudreau calls out Marc Staal for a ‘dirty’ hit on Mike Green in Game 3

- From the Insider: The Caps know they must avoid retaliation when the Rangers try to get under their skin

- More from the Insider: Despite facing a significant increase in traffic in front of his net in Game 3, Michal Neuvirth remains confident in his ability to lead the Caps to the second round

- The Caps took far too many penalties in Game 3 and they know that’s something they must fix going forward

- From the New York Times: Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky are eschewing playoff tradition with thick black mustaches over the playoff beard

- From the New York Daily News: Marc Staal and Dan Girardi are staring to get under Ovechkin’s skin with their physical play

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Chicago
(Canucks lead series 3-0)

Game 1: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0

Game 2: Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 3: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2

Game 4: Tonight at Chicago, 8 (Versus)

- From the Chicago Sun-Times: The defending champion Blackhawks are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

- Are the Blackhawks simply out of answers against the best team in the NHL? Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre ponders this question

- More from the Sun: Doom and gloom is the common feeling in the Chicago media

- From the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks see last year’s Flyers team as evidence that a 3-0 deficit can be overcome

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1: Sharks 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Game 2: Kings 4, Sharks 0

Game 3: Tuesday at Los Angeles, 10:30 (Versus)

- Drew Doughtry and Jack Johnson helped revive the L.A. power play in Game 2

- From the L.A. Times: The Kings will be sporting all black alternate jerseys tonight as their fans prepare for a blackout at Staples Center

No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Phoenix
(Red Wings lead series 3-0)

Game 1: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 2: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3

Game 3: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2
Four continues to be the magic number for Detroit which got a pair of goals from Ruslan Salei and Drew Miller 44 seconds apart to open the game and the Red Wings tallied early in each period to push Phoenix to the brink of elimination. After needing seven games to get past the Coyotes last season, Detroit can complete the sweep Wednesday.
Valtteri Filppula (51) put the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov in the second period of Detroit’s 4-2 win Monday that dumped Phoenix into a 3-0 hole. (Ross D. Franklin - AP)

Game 4: Wednesday at Phoenix, 10:30

- Read the full game story from Monday

- Box score

- The way the Red Wings are scoring with ease, Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenburg wonders if this is even a playoff series at all

- More from the Free Press: Tomas Holmstrom has perfected the art of screening the goalie, and it’s paying huge dividends for Detroit

- From the Arizona Republic: Monday’s white out in Phoenix had no effect on the white hot Red Wings

- More from the Republic: The Coyotes’ uncertain future as a franchise has fans frustrated

No. 4 Anaheim vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Predators lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Predators 4, Ducks 1

Game 2: Ducks 5, Predators 3

Game 3: Predators 4, Ducks 3

Game 4: Wednesday at Nashville, 8:30

- Ducks GM Bob Murray tells his players ‘we have to start diving’ (Orange County Register)

- From the Nashville City Paper: The Predators continue to get unprecedented offensive production from Mike Fisher

- From the Tennessean: Unlike last season, Patric Hornqvist is 100 percent healthy, and that’s a big reason the Predators’ offense is working

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/19/2011

 
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