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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/18/2011

NHL playoffs: Sunday roundup

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
The Caps rallied from one-goal deficits twice, tying the game on Mike Knuble’s power-play goal at 14:48 of the third period, but seven power plays against - including a pair of 5-on-3s took their toll. Brandon Dubinsky’s shot took a lucky bounce off Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth and Alex Ovechkin’s stick and into the net with 1:39 to give the despertate Rangers a jolt of life in the series.

Game 4: Wednesday at New York, 7 (Versus)
Brandon Dubinsky celebrates his game-winning goal through traffic in front of the net. (Kathy Willens - AP)

- Read Katie’s full game story from Sunday’s loss

- Check out the box score and our interactive shot chart

- Here’s the photo gallery from Post photographer Toni L. Sandys

- Tracee Hamilton writes that the Caps are still facing growing pains with their new defensive style

- In his latest On Hockey piece, Tarik El-Bashir discusses Michal Neuvirth’s rapid ascension from unseasoned rookie to a reliable source of confidence in net

- From the Insider: The Caps were none too pleased with all the penalties they took Sunday at the Garden

- In the New York Times: Ovechkin’s late turnover, deflection doom the Caps

- John Totrorella’s BFF and New York Post columnist Larry Brooks explains why the Rangers must get offensive to beat Washington

Keep reading for updates, news and links from the rest of the playoff series...

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 7 Buffalo
(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 2: Flyers 6, Sabres 5

Game 3: Monday at Buffalo, 7 (Versus)

- Boosh or Bob? Flyers keep goalie plan under wraps heading into Game 3

- The Buffalo News expects to see Boucher in net again for Philly

- The Sabres must cut down on penalties and their top scorers need to start producing, according to the Buffalo News

- From the Philadelphia Enquirer: The Flyers had no trouble drawing penalties in Game 2 but all kinds of trouble scoring on the power play

- More from the Enquirer: The Sabres and Flyers combined for a ridiculous 24 penalties in Game 2

- Chris Pronger will miss Game 3 for the Flyers, according to the Enquirer

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 6 Montreal
(Canadiens lead series 2-0)

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Bruins 1

Game 3: Monday at Montreal, 7:30

- There’s no excuse for Boston’s poor play to start the series, Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan writes

- Montreal Gazette columnist fires back at Ryan’s claim that the Bruins “are not even losing to a good team” and also requests that Don Cherry be suspended for the rest of the postseason

- More from the Gazette: Mike Cammalleri says this is “no time to be happy” for the Habs despite taking a 2-0 lead back to home ice

- Jacques Martin revealed a rarely-seen sense of humor as Canadiens returned home with 2-0 lead

- On the Bost Globe Bruins Blog: Milan Lucic knows the Bruins are in trouble

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1: Penguins 3, Lightning 0

Game 2: Lightning 5, Penguins 1

Game 3: Monday at Tampa Bay, 7:30

- Despite 21-year-old star Steven Stamkos’ struggles, Lightning split in Pittsburgh

- From the Tampa Tribune: Vinny Lecavalier is up to his old tricks for the Lightning

- There’s no need to worry about Marc-Andre Fluery after a Game 2 laugher, he always bounces back, writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook

- Also from the Post-Gazette: Penguins top players must step up

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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
The Blackhawks had their chances to get back into the series Sunday - seven power plays in all - but Canucks’ goalie Roberto Luongo turned away 30 shots and Mikael Samuelsson tallied the go-ahead goal in third period to put Vancouver one win away from vanquishing their postseason nemesis and force the defending Stanley Cup champions to the brink of elimination. Christian Ehrhoff also scored for the Canucks and Daniel Sedin continued his strong postseason performance with his third goal in two games and his second assist of the series.

Game 4: Tuesday at Chicago, 8 (Versus)
Roberto Luongo got the job done for Vancouver once again, tallying 30 saves - including this one on Jonathan Toews - as the Canucks took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. (Nam Y. Huh - AP)

- Read the full game story from Sunday’s 3-2 Vancouver win

- Box score

- Raffi Torres should pay for yet another ill-advised, malicious hit, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre writes that the Blackhawks dearly miss injured Dave Bolland’s pesky play

- From the Chicago Sun-Times: the defending champs find themselves on the brink of elimination

- The Blackhawks need to win four straight games, but to this point, they have yet to win two straight periods, writes Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom

- Nucks Misconduct takes an account of the aftermath of another nail-biting victory

- Fans in Vancouver are rabid with playoff fever, especially this kid, seen here dancing like a maniac

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)

- Sharks hope to regain their bite by focusing on little things in Game 3

- From the Los Angeles Times: Drew Doughtry was responsible for the Kings big bounce back to even the series

No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Phoenix
(Red Wings lead series 2-0)

Game 1: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 2: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3

Game 3: Monday at Phoenix, 10:30 (Versus)

- Phoenix hoping for home cooking to stem the tide in Game 3

- The Coyotes tried to knock the Red Wings off at their own game, but to no avail, writes Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp

- More from the Free Press: Franzen held out of practice, expected to play Monday after taking a face-mashing hit into the boards Saturday

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
The Predators outshot Anaheim 37-16 overall and led 2-0 after the first period before Teemu Selane scored two goals 30 seconds apart late in the second to tie it. By the Predators, who are trying to learn how to finish what they started this postseason, re-claimed the lead on Mike Fisher’s goal with 10:21 remianing in the third and held on to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Martin Erat tallied on the power play and added an assist for the Predators, David Legwand and Jorda Tootoo each scored and Ryan Suter posted two assists to help Nashville improved to 3-0 in Game 3s on home ice.

Game 4: Wednesday at Nashville, 8:30
Anaheim’s Brandon McMillan (64) skates between Nashville’s Ryan Suter (20) and Shea Weber (6). Suter had two assists Sunday to help the Predators to a 2-1 lead in the series. (Frederick Breedon - GETTY IMAGES)

- Read the full story from Game 3

- Box score

- Ducks’ Bobby Ryan suspended two games for stomping foot of Predators’ defenseman

- From the Los Angeles Times: Ducks Teemu Selanne irate after Game 3 loss

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/18/2011

 
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