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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 05/09/2011

NHL playoffs: Sunday roundup

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

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

Game 2: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

Game 3: Sharks 4, Red Wings 3

Game 4: Red Wings 4, Sharks 3

Game 5: Red Wings 4, Sharks 3
The Red Wings scored three third-period goals, capped by Tomas Holmstrom’s deflected tie-breaking game-winner with 6:08 left and Detroit escaped a 3-1 deficit to stave off elimination yet again and force a Game 6 Tuesday on home ice. Danny Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson also scored in the final period for the Red Wings who appeared to be finished after Devin Setoguchi scored early in the third period to give the Sharks a commanding 3-1 lead. The Red Wings already have overcome a repeat of last season, when they went down 3-0 to the Sharks and fell in Game 5 in San Jose. Now they’re looking to complete the comeback and become just the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after falling behind 3-0. Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski also tallied for San Jose but Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was solid between the pipes down the stretch, making 39 saves on the night.
Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom (96) tips in the game-winning goal past Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi as defenseman Niclas Wallin defends. (CHAD ZIEMENDORF - REUTERS)

Quote of the night: “We found a way to dig ourselves out of the mess,”-- Niklas Kronwall on Detroit’s Game 5 comeback

Game 6: Tuesday at Detroit, 8 (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday at San Jose (Versus)

- Read the full story from Game 5

- Box score

- Detroit Free-Press columnist Michael Rosenberg has absolutely no idea how the Red Wings escaped a 3-1 deficit in Game 5 to rally for a stunning 4-3 victory

- Red Wings’ Kronwall sends message with big hit on Sharks’ Clowe (Detroit Free-Press)

- Johan Franzen tweaks already-bum ankle (Detroit Free-Press)

- Check out a photo gallery from Game 5 from the Detroit Free-Press

- The Sharks missed an opportunity to close out the Red Wings in Game 5, but they still have plenty of opportunities to clinch the series, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- As solid as he has been in this series, Sharks goalie Antti Niemi deservers some blame for San Jose’s collapse Sunday (San Jose Mercury News)

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Canucks lead series 3-2)

Game 1: Canucks 1, Predators 0

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

Game 3: Canucks 3, Predators 2 (OT)

Game 4: Canucks 4, Predators 2

Game 5: Predators 4, Canucks 3

Game 6: Tonight at Nashville, 8 (Versus)

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

- After coughing up a 3-0 lead against Chicago in Round 1, the Canucks know they must focus on eliminating Nashville tonight, rather than risk another Game 7

- Now that Nasvhille is up off the mat, the Predators are looking to push Vancouver to another decisivie Game 7 (Vancouver Sun)

- The Canucks’ Game 5 collapse was self-inflicted, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- Nasvhille’s top draft pick, David Legwand, is proving his worth in the playoffs (The Tennessean)

- Injuries are piling up for both the Predators and Canucks as the series rolls on (The Tennessean)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Lightning win series 4-0)

Game 1: Lightning 4, Capitals 2

Game 2: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Game 3: Lightning 4, Capitals 3

Game 4: Lightning 5, Capitals 3

- Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman seems to be making all the right moves as GM to turn Tampa Bay back into a Cup contender, writes Tracee Hamilton

- After another hellish postseason, the Caps’ stars still have some growing up to do, writes Mike Wise

- It’s time for Washington to move in a new direction, rather than continue to retrace its steps to playoff disappointment, writes Thomas Boswell

- In his latest On Hockey piece, Tarik El-Bashir explains why the Capitals must make significant roster changes this offseason if they hope to finally take the next step next year

- From Capitals Insider: Nicklas Backstrom was not pleased with his playoff performance

- From the D.C. Sports Bog: Tony Kornheiser rips the ‘choking dog’ Caps on his radio show

- Tampa Bay has become a penalty-killing machine in the postseason (Tampa Tribune)

- The well-rounded Bruins pose a big matchup problem for the Bolts in the Eastern Conference finals (Tampa Tribune)

- More from the Tampa Tribune: The Bolts are winning the mental game, too, thanks to Coach Guy Boucher

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 3 Boston
(Bruins win series 4-0)

Game 1: Bruins 7, Flyers 3

Game 2: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 (OT)

Game 3: Bruins 5, Flyers 1

Game 4: Bruins 5, Flyers 1

- The Bruins are at the top of the game as they advance to face the Lightning with a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals on the line

- A mild concussion will sideline Patrice Bergeron at the start of the Eastern Conference finals

- Boston won’t be taking the fifth-seeded Lightning lightly in the conference finals (Boston Globe)

- The Bruins jumped their biggest hurdle until the Cup finals by sweeping the Flyers to erase the memories of last season’s 3-0 collapse , writes Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan

- Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is showing few cracks in the playoffs (Boston Globe)

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:06 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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