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Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 04/26/2011

NHL playoffs: Monday roundup

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Series tied 3-3)

Game 1: Penguins 3, Lightning 0

Game 2: Lightning 5, Penguins 1

Game 3: Penguins 3, Lightning 2

Game 4: Penguins 3, Lightning 2 (2OT)

Game 5: Lightning 8, Penguins 2

Game 6: Lightning 4, Penguins 2
After hammering the Penguins Saturday in Pittsburgh to stay alive in the series, the Lightning evened it up with a third-period goal from Steve Downie and another sterling effort from grizzled veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson. The Lightning - who had not won a playoff game on home ice since 2007 - responded to Jordan Staal’s tying goal early in the third when Downie netted his first career postseason tally just over a minute later to give Tampa Bay all the offense it would need. The 41-year-old Roloson stopped 27 shots, staved off four second period Pittsburgh power plays and held the Penguins to two goals or fewer for the third time in the series. Teddy Purcell, Sean Bergenheim and Ryan Malone also scored against Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who faltered for the second straight game. The Lightning will travel back to Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center for Game 7 on a rink where they have already won twice in the series.
Dwayne Roloson makes one of his 27 saves on Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal during the first period as Ryan Malone (6) looks on. (Chris O'Meara - AP)

Quote of the night: “He goes overlooked and unnoticed because of all the B.S. the media brings up about his past with the suspensions and stuff. Sometimes, you overlook how great of a team guy he is....You saw it tonight. He steps up when you need him.” — Lightning center Steven Stamkos on teammate Steve Downie

Game 7: Wednesday at Pittsburgh

- Read the full game story from Monday

- Box score

- The Penguins have plenty of experience with Game 7s, but that doesn’t make the prospect of a single-elimination game on Wednesday night any less chilling, writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier

- From the Tampa Tribune: Dwayne Roloson is the rock behind the Lightning’s series resurgence and the reason there will be a Game 7

- Following an early-series suspension, Steve Downie is suspending disbelief in helping the Lightning even their series with the Pens (Tampa Tribune)

- Defense continues to be the key to Tampa’s comeback (Tampa Tribune)

- Ryan Malone mixes up his shooting approach against former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury and comes away with a critical insurance goal (Post-Gazette)

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Sharks win series 4-2)

Game 1: Sharks 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Game 2: Kings 4, Sharks 0

Game 3: Sharks 6, Kings 5 (OT)

Game 4: Sharks 6, Kings 3

Game 5: Kings 3, Sharks 1

Game 6: Sharks 4, Kings 3 (OT)
With a string of postseason flameouts - inlcuding last season’s sweep in the Western Conference finals against Chicago - lingering in the rear-view mirror, the Sharks moved one step closer to burying their past Monday night. It hardly matters to San Jose that three of their four victories in the series - including the clincher - required overtime, or that they scored the same amount of goals as the Kings over the course of six games. All that matters is that Joe Thornton’s shot 2 minutes, 22 seconds into overtime beat Jonathan Quick and the Sharks are moving on. San Jose led three times in the game, but each time the Kings answered. Los Angeles had a tremendous opportunity to force a Game 7 after the Sharks’ Jamie McGinn received a 5-minute major and an automatic game misconduct at 16:37 of the third period for charging Brad Richardson. But San Jose’s Antti Niemi stopped all four shots he faced before the end of regulation and Sharks fended off the remainder of the power play in overtime before Thornton’s fame-winner. Justin Williams, Ryan Smyth and rookie Trevor Lewis scored for the Kings, who lost in the opening round for the second straight year and have won just one playoff series since their run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals with Wayne Gretzky.
Joe Thornton fires the puck pas Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell and into an open net for the game-winner, series-clinching goal in overtime. (Chris Carlson - AP)

Quote of the night : “We said just get in front of the net and good things will happen. You’ve seen it the whole series, weird things happen in front of the net. The puck just spit out nice and I just gobbled it up.” — Sharks forward Joe Thornton on his game-winning goal

- Read the full game story from Monday

- Box score

- San Jose’s series win was hardly by the book, but when have the Sharks ever made winning in the playoffs easy? (San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy)

- The Kings’ dramatic first-round exit ended a season filled with broken promises for a team expected to take the next step toward a Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott)

- Check out a photo gallery from the Sharks’ first-round series with the Kings (San Jose Mercury News)

- Video: Kings players discuss the loss (L.A. Times)

- More from the Mercury News: Post-game quotes and notes from players and coaches

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 New York
(Capitals win series 4-1)

Game 1: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT)

Game 2: Capitals 2, Rangers 0

Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 2

Game 4: Capitals 4, Rangers 3 (2OT)

Game 5: Capitals 3, Rangers 1

- In his latest On Hockey piece, Tarik El-Bashir discusses the Caps new commitment to sacrificing their bodies to block shots in crunch time

- Katie Carrera breaks down Washington’s potential second-round opponents on Caps Insider

- More from the Insider: The Caps relish the extra rest, but they’re determined to stay sharp during their lay-off before Round 2

- Injury update: Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman are both on the mend, but there remains no time table for their return to action

- Playoff shot chart: track every goal and shot from Washington’s first-round series against the Rangers

- Video: Caps discuss their series victory over the Rangers

- Showing poise beyond his years, Michal Neuvirth is the man of the moment for the Caps, writes Mike Wise

- The Capitals are up 1-0 on their toughest postseason opponent: their own history, writes Box Seats fan blogger Ryan Cooper

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

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Bruins 1

Game 3: Bruins 3, Canadiens 2

Game 4: Bruins 5, Canadiens 4 (OT)

Game 5: Bruins 2, Canadiens 1 (2 OT)

Game 6: Tonight at Montreal, 7

- The Bruins and Habs emphasize discipline as they gear up for Game 6

- With a double-overtime win in Game 5, the Bruins gained valuable elbow room, confidence and a chokehold on the series as they head back to Montreal for Game 6, writes the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont

- Forever the optimist, Canadiens Coach Jacques Martin expects to be behind the bench for Game 7 following a big win on home ice Tuesday night (Montreal Gazette)

- Despite deflating Game 5 defeat, Habs remain upbeat, confident in their ability to force a Game 7 (Montreal Gazette)

- Montreal rapper Annakin Slayd’s Canadiens’ anthem, “MTL Stand Up” has gone viral (Montreal Gazette)

- More from the Montreal Gazette: Brash budding star P.K. Subban is coming of age against the Bruins

- Bruins goalie Tim Thomas named Vezina Trophy finalist (Boston Globe)

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 7 Buffalo
(Series tied 3-3)

Game 1: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 2: Flyers 6, Sabres 5

Game 3: Flyers 4, Sabres 2

Game 4: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 5: Sabres 4, Flyers 3 (OT)

Game 6: Flyers 5, Sabres 4 (OT)

Game 7: Tonight at Philadelphia, 7:30 (Versus)

- Brian Boucher will be back in net to start Game 7 for the Flyers, but in a series full of goalie changes from Philadelphia, will he still be in goal when the game ends? (Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann)

- Inexperienced Sabres are jacked up for their first Game 7 experience (Buffalo News)

- Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff continues to play games in the media, but all signs point to veteran center Derek Roy returning from a four-month quad injury tonight, writes Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan

- Video: Jerry Sullivan and Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News preview Game 7 in Philly

- Buffalo’s incessant whining won’t help the Sabres play any better in Game 7, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- Flyers captain Mike Richards escapes discipline, possible suspension for brutal hit on Buffalo’s Timmy Donnolly (Philly.com)

- Sabres goalie Ryan Miller thinks Richards should have been suspended (Buffalo News)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Chicago
(Series tied series 3-3)

Game 1: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0

Game 2: Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 3: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2

Game 4: Blackhawks 7, Canucks 2

Game 5: Blackhawks 5, Canucks 0

Game 6: Blackhawks 4, Canucks 3 (OT)

Game 7: Tonight at Vancouver (Versus)
Expect a rough and tumble affair tonight for Game 7 between two teams all too familiar with one another in Vancouver. (Jonathan Daniel - GETTY IMAGES)

Quote of the day: “The Vancouver Canucks have turned a 3-0 playoff series lead into a 3-3 tie against the Chicago Blackhawks, rousing all the screaming demons who have haunted the franchise during its fruitless 41-year chase for a Stanley Cup.” — Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- Canucks GM Mike Gillis railroads game officials in a last-ditch effort to take pressure of his players for Game 7, writes ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun

- The Canucks must find a way to dismiss the dire implications of choking away a 3-0 lead and remember they can still win the series and avoid a collapse that would haunt them, and the city they play for, forever, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- A week ago, the Blackhawks took the ice trailing 3-0 with nothing to lose. Now they are brimming with confidence and one win away from getting one step closer to defending their Stanley Cup trophy (Chicago Sun Times)

- There’s no feeling quite like winning a Game 7, and there’s no feeling quite like losing one, which makes tonight’s contest both thrilling and chilling, writes Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh

- More from the Tribune: Patrick Kane says all the pressure is on the Canucks in Game 7

- Gillis blasts NHL for uneven officiating (Vancouver Sun)

- Vancouver Coach Alain Vigneault declares struggling Roberto Luongo Game 7 starter (Vancouver Sun)

No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Phoenix
(Red Wings win series 4-0)

Game 1: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 2: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3

Game 3: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 4: Red Wings 6, Coyotes 3

- The secrets of the Red Wings stick taping habits revealed (The Detroit Free Press)

- Also from the Free Press: Norris Trophy finalist Nicklas Lidstrom lifts the confidence of his teammates

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

Game 1: Predators 4, Ducks 1

Game 2: Ducks 5, Predators 3

Game 3: Predators 4, Ducks 3

Game 4: Ducks 6, Predators 3

Game 5: Predators 4, Ducks 3 (OT)

Game 6: Predators 4, Ducks 2

- Predators are proud of first playoff series win but far from satisfied

- Nashville plays the waiting game as its players rest up for Round 2 (The Tennessean)

- More from The Tennessean: Jordin Tootoo is showing improvement both on and off the ice

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:51 AM ET, 04/26/2011

 
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