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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011

NHL playoffs: Thursday roundup

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 6 Montreal
(Series tied 2-2)

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)
Michael Ryder, a former Canadiens winger and forgotten part of the Bruins offense late in the season, scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner just 1 minute 59 seconds into overtime to pull Boston back into a 2-2 tie in the series. In a series in which neither team has been able to defend its home ice, Chris Kelly scored late in the third period to tie the score for a fourth time and eventually force overtime. Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists for Montreal, and Brent Sopel, Andrei Kostitsyn and P.K. Subban, but the Canadiens blew leads of blew leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3.
Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder ( facing camera) celebrates his winning goal in overtime. (Paul Chiasson - AP)

Game 5: Saturday at Boston, 7 (Versus)

- Read the full story from Thursday’s Game 4

- Box score

- Michael Ryder’s overtime game-winner proved that logic, home-ice advantage and first-goal advantage can be thrown out the window in this series (Boston Globe)

- More from the Globe: It was there for the taking, and the Canadiens certainly had their chances, but they failed to take advantage in Game 4

- Also from the Globe: Ryder’s overtime goal squares the series

- From the Boston Herald: Michael Ryder nearly scratched after Bruins fell into 2-0 hole, instead becomes Game 4 hero

- From the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens falter on a night of comebacks

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

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Chicago
(Canucks lead series 3-2)

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
The offensive deficiencies that plagued the defending Stanley Cup champions in the first three games of a series that looked destined to be short have disappeared as Chicago used another early barrage of goals to silence the crowd in Vancouver and force Roberto Luongo out of the game early in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith had two goals and two assists for the Blackhawks who head home for Sunday's Game 6 looking to become only the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. Marian Hossa scored his first two goals of the series to chase Luongo
Jonathan Toews, left, and the Canucks' Alexander Edler crash into Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during the first period. For the second straight game, Luongo was pulled early. (Darryl Dyck - AP)

Game 6: Sunday at Chicago, 7:30

Quote of the night: “I don’t know. I can’t see in his head.” — Chicago’s Marian Hossa when asked if the Blackhawks are in Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo’s head after scoring 12 goals in two games.

- Read the full game story

- Box score

- “The guy who took a puck to the mouth during the run to the Stanley Cup once again is showing his teeth in the postseason.” - Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton on Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith

- Despite two dismal games in a row, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo insists he remains confident and will start Game 6 in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

- Chicago's forward trio of Ben Smith, Michael Frolik and Viktor Stalberg has picked up its play and the results are staggering (Chicago Sun Times)

- From the Vancouver Sun: Over the last two games, the best team in the regular season has been exposed badly by the defending Stanley Cup champions

- After a pair of lopsided losses, the Canucks have gone from promise to panic in an instant, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- Nucks Misconduct offers its grades for the Canucks following Thursday’s blowout loss... and they are not pretty

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Sharks lead series 3-1)

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
Ryane Clowe scored twice, Jason Demers added another goal in the second period and the Sharks took a commanding 3-1 series lead. After a scoreless first period, Scott Nichol lured Los Angeles star defenseman Drew Doughty off the ice with offsetting roughing penalties and San Jose scored three straight goals. Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski scored in a 54-second span early in the third and Torrey Mitchell followed with his first goal of the playoffs to extend the Sharks’ lead. After being pulled for giving up four straight goals to the Kings in Game 3, Antti Niemi got the start and made 35 saves.
Torrey Mitchell puts the puck past Jonathan Quick in the third period as the Kings allowed six goals for the second straight game. (Mark J. Terrill - AP)

Game 5: Saturday at San Jose, 10:30 (Versus)

Quote of the night: “Stop them from scoring six goals a game. We’re not going to win a game if they score six goals a game, it’s just the way it is.” — Kings defenseman Jack Johnson on the key to turning the series around

- Read the full game story from Thursday night

- Box score

- The Sharks are a team headed in the right direction at the right time, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- The Kings defense, and their season, are on the brink of collapse following another crushing home defeat (Los Angeles Times)

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

- Hampered by a restricted budget and its ownership situation, the Coyotes franchise faces an uphill battle (Arizona Republic)

- Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard appears poised for a long postseason run, writes Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg

- After they were swept off their home ice - perhaps for the last time - the Coyotes skated off into the unknown (New York Times)

No. 4 Anaheim vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Series tied 2-2)

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: Tonight at Anaheim, 10

- Off-ice arguments are overshadowing dynamic play on the ice in a riveting series between the Ducks and Predators

- Ducks’ Jarkko Ruutu suspended for Game 5 for late hit on Predators’ Martin Erat

- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne needs to snap out of his funk and return to form, writes Tennessean columnist David Climer

- Sparks fly leading up to critical Game 5 (Orange County Register)

- Preds defenseman Shane O’Brien mocks Ducks’ GM Bob Murray for accusing Nashville of diving (Orange County Register)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 New York
(Capitals lead series 3-1)

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: Saturday at Verizon Center, 3 (NBC)

- Friday practice updates: Knuble out, Laich skates with top line

- The Capitals must bring their killer instinct to put the Rangers away Saturday, writes Tarik El-Bashir in his latest On Hockey piece

- From Capitals Insider: Mike Knuble’s status remains uncertain for Game 5

- Hindsight is 20-20: Bruce Boudreau said he never considered pulling Neuvirth after going down 3-0 in Game 4

- More from the Insider: Dennis Wideman says he’s “getting close” but there’s still no timetable for his return

- On the D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg is finally ready to put MSG-gate to bed

- From the New York Daily News: John Tortorella makes a guarantee for Game 5

- Despite trailing 3-1, Rangers still believe they have what it takes to rally (New York Daily News)

- The Rangers were doomed by a lack of game-breakers in Game 4 (New York Post)

- Brandon Dubinsky confident Rangers can overcome 3-1 deficit (New York Post)

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

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: Tonight at Philadelphia, 7:30 (Versus)

- With one magnificent save on Danny Briere on Wednesday, Ryan Miller may have changed the course of the series, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann

- “Believe it or not, Tyler Myers has always been mean. Behind that aw-shucks grin, humble attitude and nice-guy demeanor is a 6-foot-8 mountain of fury.” - John Vogl of the Buffalo News

- Ryan Miller is proving the value of having an elite goalie come playoff time and Sabres fans are taking notice (Buffalo News)

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Penguins lead series 3-1)

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: Saturday at Pittsburgh, 12 (Versus)

- The Penguins are dominating even-strength play against the Lightning (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

- Now is the perfect time for rugged right winger Steve Downie to give the Bolts a spark, writes Tampa Tribune columnist Joey Johnston

- Patience and selective memory are the keys to extending the series for Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg Times)

- St. Petersburg Times columnist Damian Cristodero ponders whether a change in net is in the cards for the Lightning

- More from the Post-Gazette: When might Sydney Crosby return?

- Pens GM Ray Shero was snubbed in general manager of the year voting, writes Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011

 
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