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Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 04/27/2011

NHL playoffs: Tuesday roundup

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Chicago
(Canucks win series 4-3)

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)

Game 7: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo shook off a string of wretched performances with 31 saves and Alex Burrows scored his second goal of the night 5 minutes 22 seconds into overtime as the Presidents Trophy-winning Canucks avoided a historic postseason collapse. After crashing out of the playoffs to Chicago in each of the last two seasons, Vancouver had choked away a 3-0 series lead, and looked rattled — particularly in net where Luongo came off the bench in Game 6 and allowed the game-winning goal in overtime. But in the same building where he helped Canada win a gold medal 14 months earlier, Luongo came up huge. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews forced overtime with a short-handed goal with 1:56 left for his only goal of the series and Burrows was sent to the penalty box 24 seconds into the extra period. But Luongo robbed Patrick Sharp on the power play, and a couple minutes later Burrows pounced on a Chris Campoli turnover and fired a shot over Corey Crawford’s shoulder. The Canucks will face Nashville in the Western Conference semifinals.
Chicago’s Troy Brouwer consoles goalie Corey Crawford while the Canucks celebrate their Game 7 overtime victory in Vancouver. (Rich Lam - GETTY IMAGES)

Quote of the night: “What would have happened if we would have lost? I don’t know. There were a lot of doubts around this dressing room from the outside. And I can see why. But I knew we’d be able to come back.” — Canucks captain Henrik Sedin.

- Video: Watch the replay of Alex Burrows’ game-winning goal

- Read the full story from Tuesday’s game

- Box score

- The Canucks finally found themselves on the right end of a classic series-clinching overtime goal Tuesday, one they hope will help propel them to the first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s tortured history, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntrye

- After missing a chance to put the Blackhawks away in regulation with a penalty shot, Alex Burrows made the most of his second chance to be the hero in overtime, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- From start to finish, Game 7 felt like one epic overtime, and despite stellar efforts from Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford, the defending Stanley Cup champions came up just short, writes Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh

- The pesky Blackhawks made life hell for the best team in the NHL’s regular season, but the greatness they displayed on their run to the Cup last spring was lacking in this series, writes Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrissey

- More from the Tribune: In knocking out the Blackhawks, the Canucks rid themselves of their most recent postseason demons, proving to themselves they are capable of making a run to the finals

- Tribune blogger Steve Rosenbloom can’t believe Chicago - a team of destiny one short year ago - could not complete the feat of rallying from 3-0 down to win the series

- More from the Vancouver Sun: With 36 saves, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford almost single-handedly won the series for Chicago

- Check out a photo gallery from Game 7 (Vancouver Sun)

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 7 Buffalo
(Flyers win series 4-3)

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)

Game 7: Flyers 5, Sabres 2
In a series marked by early exits for Flyers netminders, it was Buffalo’s Ryan Miller who got the early hook after allowing four early goals in front of a raucus crowd while Philadelphia’s Brian Boucher went the distance in a Game 7 blowout. Braydon Coburn opened the scoring with 19 seconds left in the first period, Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk tallied in the second to blow the game open, and Game 6 overtime hero Ville Leino put an end to Miller's night with his third-period marker. After rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring, the defending conference champions had to come back from a 3-2 hole in this series. With two more Game 7s on the docket in the East, they could play the Penguins or Lightning or face a rematch with the Bruins in Round 2.
Brian Boucher makes the stop on a shot by Tyler Ennis for one of his 25 saves as the Flyers rolled to a Game 7 victory. (TIM SHAFFER - REUTERS)

- Read the full story from Tuesday’s Game 7

- Box score

- Just as they did a year ago during their improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals, the Flyers have proven their ability to thrive with their backs against the wall, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann

- The Flyers are finally wide awake in the postseason, just in time to make another run at the Cup, writes Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan

- Brian Boucher made sure there would be no goalie changes on Philadelphia’s end of the ice with his tremendous Game 7 performance, writes Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- After carrying his team for much of the series, fortune turned against Sabres goalie Ryan Miller in Game 7 (Buffalo News)

- Sabres’ Mike Grier disconsolate after crushing Game 7 loss (Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason)

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

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: Canadiens 2, Bruins 1
Montreal scored both of its goals on 5-on-3 power plays while the Bruins failed to convert on four extra man opportunities as the Canadiens clawed back to even to force a Game 7 in Boston. Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta each scored on separate two-man advantages with Gionta’s proving to be the game-winner at 5:48 of the second period. Carey Price was huge in net once again for the Canadiens as he made 31 saves, including a critical stop on Rich Peverley’s short-handed chance with just over two minutes remaining. Boston - which got its goal from Dennis Seidenberg in a four-on-four situation 48 seconds into the second period - is now 0-for-19 on the power play in the series. No team has won a playoff series without scoring a power-play goal since Anaheim swept Detroit in the first round in 2003.
Brian Gionta beats Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas on a 5-on-3 power play for what proved to be the game-winning goal Tuesday. (Graham Hughes - AP)

Game 7: Tonight at Boston, 7 (Versus)

- Read the full story from Tuesday’s game

- Box score

- Carey Price finally proved he could win a game on home ice as the Canadiens sent the series back to Boston (Montreal Gazette)

- Milan Lucic’s crushing hit to Montreal’s Jaroslav Spacek - which drew a game misconduct penalty - left a mark on the scoreboard heading into tonight’s decisive Game 7 (Montreal Gazette)

- It only seems fitting that a series that has displayed what makes playoff hockey special will go the distances, writes Gazette columnist Red Fisher

- From the Boston Globe: The Habs have pushed the Bruins to the limit

- It’s time for Boston to man-up with the man advantage and put the puck into the back of the net on the power play or risk another postseason collapse, writes Boston Globe columnist Kevin Paul Dupont

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Series tied 3-3)

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: Lightning 4, Penguins 2

Game 7: Tonight at Pittsburgh, 8 (Versus, joined in progress)

- After fending off consecutive do-or-die scenarios, the Lightning cannot afford to hold anything back with everything on the line tonight, writes Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune

- From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Breakdown of what the Pens must do to win Game 7 and advance

- Kris Letang has failed to live up to his billing for Pittsburgh thus far, writes Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook

- ‘Stayin Alive’ has quickly become the theme song for Tampa Bay in these playoffs, writes St. Petersburg Times columnist John Romano

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

- In trading for veteran Jason Arnott just before the trade deadline, the Caps landed precisely the type of player they needed to bolster their team for a deep playoff run, writes Barry Svrluga

- From Capitals Insider: As they continue to play the waiting game, the Caps are becoming increasingly anxious to find out who their second-round opponent will be

- After taking another puck to the head in Game 5, Caps defenseman Mike Green insists that he’s ‘fine, other than a bruise’

- Injury updates on Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman

- Neil Greenberg takes a look at the potential causes of Nicklas Backstrom’s scoring slump

- More from the Insider: Capitals bring up depth from Hershey: Holtby, Perreault, McNeill, Pinizzotto

- Caps Box Seats fan blogger Kareem El-Alaily shares 15 thoughts on Washington’s playoffs so far

- More from Box Seats: Nicole Weissman takes a look at the Caps’ potential second-round matchups

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Sharks win series 4-2)

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: Sharks 4, Kings 3 (OT)

- San Jose’s series win was hardly by the book, but when have the Sharks ever made winning in the playoffs easy? (San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy)

- Sharks to face Detroit in a rematch of last season’s conference semifinals (San Jose Mercury News)

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

- 2008 Stanley Cup MVP Henrik Zetterberg will return from a sprained MCL that kept him out of the first round, which could spell trouble for the Sharks (Detroit Free-Press)

- The secrets of the Red Wings stick taping habits revealed (Detroit Free-Press)

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

- Predators are proud of first playoff series win but far from satisfied

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:09 AM ET, 04/27/2011

 
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