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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/25/2011

NHL playoffs: Sunday roundup

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)
Michael Leighton became the third Philadelphia goalie to start in the series as the team continued its netminder roulette, and after he gave up three goals on the first seven shots he faced, he became the third Flyers goalie to be pulled. Given another chance to prove his worth Brian Boucher stopped 24 shots, and for the second straight game, the Flyers rallied from an earlier hole to force overtime - only this time, they came away victorious. Ville Leino scored the game-winner on a scramble in front of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller 4:43 into overtime and Philadelphia forced a decisive Game 7 back home Tuesday. Scott Hartnell had a goal and assist and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Flyers, who had lost two straight one-goal games in the series.
Ville Leino (right) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal with Flyers' Mike Richards (18). (Dean Duprey - AP)

Game 7: Tuesday at Flyers, 7:30 (Versus)

- Read the full story from Sunday’s Game 6

- Box score

- “Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has done everything but replace the door on the end of the bench where his team’s backup goaltender sits with a turnstile.” — Philadelphia Daily Sports News columnist Rich Hofmann on Fylers goalie situation

- Flyers-Sabres series is defying common wisdom and the laws of physics, according to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan

- Sabres gave up a pair of two-goal leads in Game 6 loss (Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason)

- Danny Briere’s leadership shining through for resilient Flyers (Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan)

- Sabres want Flyers captain Mike Richards suspender for big hit on Tim Connolly (Buffalo News)

- Game 6 photo gallery from the Buffalo News

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)
Rookie Ben Smith scored on a rebound that he flipped past Roberto Luongo - on in relief of injured starter Corey Schneider - at 15:30 of overtime and the Blackhawks avoided elimination for the third straight game to force a Game 7 Tuesday in Vancouver. Schneider, a surprise starter for the President’s Trophy winners, was injured on a penalty shot in the third period and gave way to the struggling Vezina Trophy finalist, Luongo. Blackhawks goalie Cory Crawford made 32 saves, including 12 in overtime when the Canucks had a number of quality chances. Daniel Sedin, Alexandre Burrows and Kevin Bieska scored for the Canucks whose prolific offense has managed just five goals in their three losses after scoring nine in the first three games of the series. Chicago is attempting to become the fourth team in NHL history to win a seven-game series after falling behind 3-0.


Reeling Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo - who came on late in relief - allowed the game-winning goal in overtime as the Blackhawks evened the series 3-3. (JEFF HAYNES - REUTERS)

Game 7: Tuesday at Canucks, 10 (Versus)

- Read the full story from Sunday’s Game 6

- Box score

- Canucks start rookie Schneider over Luongo in net, switch back after Schneider injury late

- Ben Smith’s OT goal keeps defending champs alive (Chicago Sun Times)

- If the Canucks weren’t spooked coming into Game 6, they surely are now after coughing up a 3-0 lead to the defending Stanley Cup champions, writes Chicago Sun Times columnist Joe Cowley

- More from the Sun Times: Vancouver’s goalie switch has no effect on Chicago’s surging offense

- Roberto Luongo’s final pose in Sunday’s overtime defeat provided an embarrassing and fitting ending for the struggling goalie (Chicago Tribune)

- The Blackhawks are inside Roberto Luongo’s head and the Canucks are in serious trouble, writes Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom

- “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

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
Nick Spalding scored his first two goals of the playoffs on assists from Jordin Tootoo and Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots as the Predators won the first playoffs series in franchise history. In a series full of off-ice chatter, Nashville proved its mettle in Games 5 and 6, holding down Anaheim’s offense and getting timely goals. Steve Sullivan scored a goal and David Legwand had an empty-netter as Nashville carried the momentum from Friday’s overtime win to avoid a trip back to Anaheim for a decisive Game 7.
Nashville center Steve Sullivan scores against Anaheim goalie Ray Emery as the Predators clinched their first-ever postseason series win. (Mark Humphrey - AP)

Quote of the night: “There’s a new first every game. That was a first for us. How would we handle that in Game 6, and we handled it just fine.” — Nashville Coach Barry Trotz, the only coach in the franchise’s history

- Read the full story from Sunday’s game

- Box score

- Nashville’s first playoffs series win is well worth celebrating, writes Tennessean columnist David Climer

- Predators fans, staff finally see payoff from years of support, writes Tennessean columnist Joe Biddle

- From the Los Angeles Times: Ducks bounced from playoffs

- Patience pays off for Predators (ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun)

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Sharks lead series 3-2)

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: Tonight at Los Angeles, 10 (Versus)

- Kings hoping to avoid elimnation once again, this time on home ice in Game 6

- The highs and lows are a fundamentally frustrating part of who the San Jose Sharks are, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami

- Antti Niemi will get the start again in Game 6 for San Jose (Mercury News)

- More from the Mercury News: Sharks looking to find a cure for their first-period struggles

- Kings Coach Terry Murray sticking with same lines for Game 6 (Los Angeles Times)

- Also from the L.A. Times: Kings young line of Richardson-Simmonds-Clifford gets it done, now needs a name

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

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

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

- Video: Capitals discuss series win

- From Caps Insider: Washington has been nearly perfect - 19-of-20 to be exact - on the penalty kill in the playoffs

- Washington earned several valuable rest days by closing out the Rangers in 5 (Caps Insider)

- Alex Ovechkin came through with a vintage Great 8 performance to help the Caps close out the Rangers on Saturday (Caps Insider)

- For the first time in years, it all appears to be coming together for the Capitals at the right time, writes Post columnist Thomas Boswell

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

- From the D.C. Sports Bog: Ovechkin spotted at Georgetown Cupcake

- More from the Bog: Sean Avery chews on Matt Hendricks’ sleeve

- Game 5 photo gallery

- Interactive playoff shot chart

- From the Insider: An update on Mike Green

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: Tuesday at Montreal, 7

- Bruins forward Michael Ryder used his stick - and his glove - to help Boston escape a 2-0 series deficit

- One year after playoff collapse, Bruins thriving under pressure against Buffalo (Boston Globe)

- From the Montreal Gazette: The Habs have had - and blown - their chances against the Bruins so far

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

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Penguins lead series 3-2)

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: Tonight at Lightning, 7 (Versus)

- Confident Lightning return home after Game 5 blowout looking to even series with Penguins

- In a series in which the road team has won four of five, Tampa Bay’s raucus rink could be the perfect place for the Penguins to close out the pesky Lightning, writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook

- Penguins putting Game 5 blowout behind them in lead up to Game 6 in Tampa (Post-Gazette)

- With a long playoff career under his belt, Simon Gagne is just the type of player the Lightning need on their side to advance, writes Tampa Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly

- Stamkos breaks out in Game 2 with a pair of goals (Tampa Tribune)

- More from the Post-Gazette: Lightning want more bodies in front of the net on offense

- More from the Tampa Tribune: Saturday’s big win in Pittsburgh was just one game - now the Lightning need to win another

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/25/2011

 
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