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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 05/03/2011

NHL playoffs: Monday roundup

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 3 Boston
(Bruins lead series 2-0)

Game 1: Bruins 7, Flyers 3

Game 2: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 (OT)
Desperate to avoid an 0-2 hole on home ice, Philadelphia came out firing Monday night and grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first period. But Boston’s Vezina Trophy finalist, goalie Tim Thomas, closed up shop the rest of the night, turning away 46 consecutive shots and allowing his team to climb back into the game to tie it later in the first and holding the Flyers scoreless the rest of the way. David Krejci’s goal 14:01 into the extra frame — initially waved off by an official before a replay confirmed it had caromed off the back of the net and back into play — sealed the come-from-behind victory and gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the series. But after Boston choked away a 3-0 lead over these same Flyers in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bruins know they cannot afford to get complacent. Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand scored 85 seconds apart for the Bruins and James van Riemsdyk netted both of Philadelphia’s goals - the first coming just 29 seconds after the opening faceoff.
Tim Thomas stops a shot from Mike Richards in the third period for one of his 52 saves on the night as the Bruins rallied to win in overtime. (Paul Bereswill - GETTY IMAGES)

Quote of the night: “Timmy totally stole this one for us tonight,’’ — Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on goalie Tim Thomas’ performance.

Game 3: Wednesday at Boston, 7 (Versus)

Game 4: Friday at Boston, 8 (Versus)

*Game 5: Sunday at Philadelphia, 3 (NBC)

*Game 6: Tuesday at Boston, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday at Philadelphia, TBD (Versus)

- Read the full story from Monday’s overtime game here

- Box score

- Flyers goalie Brian Boucher leaves Game 2 with an injury but later returns

- The Bruins were clearly not the better team on the ice in Game 2, but they still managed to scrap their way to victory and a 2-0 series lead, writes Boston Globe columnist Kevin Paul Dupont

- David Krecji’s third goal in two games and heroics from goalie Tim Thomas have the Bruins on top 2-0 (Boston Globe)

- The Flyers know first-hand that rallying from a 2-0 hole to win a series is possible, but they won’t be able to accomplish the feat again until they settle on a starting goaltender, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- David Krejci make have gotten credit for the game-winning goal, but anyone who watched the game knows it was Tim Thomas who won it for the Bruins

- Form the Philadelphia Daily News: Bruins stun Flyers with quick comeback, overtime victory in Game 2

- James van Riemsdyk breaks out for Flyers in Game 2, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann

- Surprise: Chris Pronger sits out Game 2 with an undisclosed injury (Philadelphia Daily News)

- The Flyers had the full force of an inspiring crowd behind them but failed to feed of the energy of their orange-clad supporters in Game 2, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Phil Sheridan

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Lightning lead series 2-0)

Game 1: Lightning 4, Capitals 2

Game 2: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Game 3: Tonight at Tampa Bay, 6:30 (CSN, Versus)

Game 4: Wednesday at Tampa Bay, 7 (CSN)

*Game 5: Saturday, May 7 at Washington, 12:30 (NBC)

*Game 6: Monday, May 9 at Tampa Bay, TBD (CSN, Versus)

*Game 7: Wednesday, May 11 at Washington, TBD (CSN, Versus)

- The Capitals have learned plenty of lessons the hard way over the past three postseasons, and now is the time to put those lessons to use, writes Katie Carrera

- Chat live with Katie from the St. Pete Times Forum today at 1:30 p.m. right here

- Long-tortured Caps fans crave the doom-and-gloom column, but the Post’s Mike Wise has chosen to offer hope in the final hours before the puck drops for Game 3

- They may be down 2-0, but the Capitals continue to remain upbeat as they aim to climb back into the series tonight (Capitals Insider)

- Looking for positives? You’re in luck: it turns out no team in Caps playoff history has won a series after going up 2-games-to-none on the road (D.C. Sports Bog)

- Washington’s 0-2 hole should come as no surprise to those familiar with this budding rivalry between the top two teams in the Southeast, writes Washington Post columnist Tracee Hamilton

- Track every shot and goal from Washington’s playoff run with our interactive shot chart

- Osama bin Laden’s death puts things into perspective for Capitals (Capitals Insider)

- The Lightning know there’s no room for complacency, even with a 2-0 lead heading home for Game 3

- From the Tampa Tribune: Recent history suggest the Bolts should approach Game 3 as if they are in an 0-2, not trailing 2-0

- After 12 years in the league, Vinny Lecavalier has finally become a complete player, writes Tampa Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1: Canucks 1, Predators 0

Game 2: Predators 2, Canucks 1 (2OT)

Game 3: Tonight at Nashville, 9 (Versus)

Game 4: Thursday, May 3 at Nashville, 8:30 (Versus)

Game 5: Saturday, May 7 at Vancouver, 8 (Versus)

*Game 6: Monday, May 9 at Nashville, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Wednesday, May 11 at Vancouver, TBD (Versus)

- Daniel and Henrik Sedin know it’s time for them to prove their worth and lead their team to victory and a deep playoff run, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- The lessons learned from past playoff failures are paying dividends for the Predators this time around, writes Tenneassean columnist Joe Biddle

- With its original GM and coach still in place and seven playoff berths in eight seasons, the Predators have built the team the right way, from the ground up, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- Young American stars Ryan Suter and Ryan Kesler go head-to-head in star-studded series (The Tennessean)

- Continued postseason struggles have seen Vancouver’s Mikael Samuelsson fall from the top line to the fourth and the first power-play unit to the second (Vancouver Sun)

- Pekka Rinne is standing on his head, and at the moment at least, there’s nothing the Canucks can do about it, writes Tennessean columnist David Climer

- Vancouver’s American players react to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death (Vancouver Sun)

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit
(Sharks lead series 2-0)

Game 1: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

Game 2: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

Game 3: Wednesday at Detroit, 8 (Versus)

Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Detroit, 7 (Versus)

*Game 5: Sunday, May 8 at San Jose, 8 (Versus)

*Game 6: Tuesday, May 10 at Detroit, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday, May 12 at San Jose TBD (Versus)

- A year afer it appeared San Jose’s Stanley Cup window might be closing, it looks like the Sharks could be a contender for a long time, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami

- Detroit needs to step up its presence in the paint to put pressure on red-hot Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Drew Sharp

- Taking advantage of rebounds will be critical if the Red Wings hope to force Antti Niemi out of his comfort zone and climb back into the series (Detroit Free-Press)

- Sharks’ Ryane Clowe, Red Wings Danny Cleary bonded by Newfoundland home (San Jose Mercury News)

- With his first-round struggles out of sight and out of mind, San Jose goalie Antti Niemi is winning the battle in goal against the Red Wings, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Drew Sharp

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:04 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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