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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 05/04/2011

NHL playoffs: Tuesday roundup

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Lightning lead series 3-0)

Game 1: Lightning 4, Capitals 2

Game 2: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Game 3: Lightning 4, Capitals 3
After conceding the first goal for the third straight game, the Capitals finally played a strong 20 minutes of hockey in the second period to take a 3-2 lead into the third. But Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone scored 24 seconds apart in the third period and Tampa Bay held on to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Mike Knuble scored just 59 seconds into the second period and John Carlson’s rocket from the point gave the Caps a 2-1 lead seven minutes later. After Vincent Lecavalier tied the score three minutes later, Alex Ovechkin pounced on a loose puck in front of the net and with the Caps on a 5-3 power play, gave Washington its first extra-man goal of the series. But Stamkos knotted the score again 5:23 into the third and Ryan Malone immediately followed with another tally to put the Lightning on top for good.
Three games into the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Capitals are still searching for their first win to get a foothold in the series. (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)

Quote of the night: “They’re uncanny when they want to get a goal. It’s like they just snap their fingers, hit a button, they just dial it up. . . . You’re upset because you’re giving them chances, keep letting them come back, letting them come back and you’re not going to win doing that.” — Mike Knuble on Tampa Bay’s quick-strike scoring ability

Game 4: Tonight at Tampa Bay, 7 (CSN)

*Game 5: Saturday, May 7 at Washington, 12:30 (NBC)

*Game 6: Monday, May 9 at Tampa Bay, TBD (CSN, Versus)

*Game 7: Wednesday, May 11 at Washington, TBD (CSN, Versus)

- Read Katie Carrera’s full game story from Tuesday’s loss

- Box score

- The Caps played a great second period but collapsed in the third and now find themselves in a deep hole, writes Tracee Hamilton

- Michal Neuvirth was spectacular at times Tuesday night, but his shaky play early in the third proved costly, writes Tarik El-Bashir

- Alex Ovechkin: “I think we dominate them all game. Simple as that.” (D.C. Sports Bog)

- The Capitals disintegrated in the third period and it likely cost them their season, writes National Post columnist Bruce Arthur

- Check out a photo gallery from Game 3 in Tampa

- Track every shot and goal from the series with our interactive shot chart

- From Capitals Insider: Caps unravel in third period

- From the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning took Washington’s best shot and countered in quick succession to deliver a near knock-out blow

- The Lightning have dedicated their playoff run to assistant coach Wayne Fleming, an assistant coach who was back at practice less than a week after surgery to remove a brain tumor, writes Tampa Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly

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

Game 1: Bruins 7, Flyers 3

Game 2: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 (OT)

Game 3: Tonight at Boston, 7 (Versus)

Game 4: Friday at Boston, 8 (Versus)

*Game 5: Sunday at Philadelphia, 3 (NBC)

*Game 6: Tuesday at Boston, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday at Philadelphia, TBD (Versus)

- Philadelphia’s Brian Boucher expects to get the starting nod for Game 3 in the latest chapter of the Flyers’ goaltender yo-yo game (Philadelphia Inquirer)

- After winning just one overtime game in last year’s playoffs, the Bruins have won four this spring and are proving to be unflappable in crunch time (Boston Globe)

- Through 91 games of meaningful hockey this season, the Flyers have yet to record a single shutout — they could really use one tonight, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- With a 3-0 series collapse from last spring still fresh in everyone’s memory, you almost want the Bruins to lose tonight to avoid the comparisons to that series...almost (Boston Globe)

- The Flyers know first-hand that rallying from a 2-0 hole to win a series is possible, but they won’t be able to accomplish the feat again until they settle on a starting goaltender, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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

Game 1: Canucks 1, Predators 0

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

Game 3: Canucks 3, Predators 2 (OT)
U.S. Olympian Ryan Kesler - who had gone scoreless in the postseason until Tuesday night - tipped in a shot from Mikael Samuelsson to score his second power-play goal of the night at 10:45 of overtime to give the Canucks the win and regain home ice advantage for the top seed in the West. Kelser added an assist to his two goals, Chris Higgins also score and Christian Ehrhoff chipped in a pair of assists as Vancouver bounced back from a 2-1 overtime defeat in Game 2. Joel Ward tied the game at 2-2 for the Predators midway through the third period and goalie Pekka Rinne continued his outstanding postseason play with 44 saves.
Ryan Kesler (17) scores the game-winning goal against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne in the overtime to give the Canucks a 2-1 series lead. (Mark Humphrey - AP)

Quote of the night: “Those last few minutes are crucial, and we’re not going to go far if we’re letting in goals in the last five minutes. If this game got away from us it would have felt like one we deserved to win. So it’s good we got that one in overtime. It felt like we deserved this.” — Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa

Game 4: Thursday, May 3 at Nashville, 8:30 (Versus)

Game 5: Saturday, May 7 at Vancouver, 8 (Versus)

*Game 6: Monday, May 9 at Nashville, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Wednesday, May 11 at Vancouver, TBD (Versus)

- Read the full story from Tuesday’s overtime game

- Box score

- Vancouver’s best player finally broke out at a critical juncture for the Canucks, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- The Canucks’ ailing Swedes teamed up to deliver the crucial OT goal, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- New Canuck Chris Higgins finds a home on the Kesler-Raymond line (Vancouver Sun)

- Photo gallery from Game 3 (Vancouver Sun)

- Predators don’t get the result they want in the first second-round playoff game in Nashville (The Tennessean)

- Vancouver takes the air out of a fired up Nashville crowd with Kesler’s OT winner, writes Tennessean columnist David Climer

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit
(Sharks lead series 2-0)

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

Game 2: Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

Game 3: Tonight at Detroit, 8

Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Detroit, 7 (Versus)

*Game 5: Sunday, May 8 at San Jose, 8 (Versus)

*Game 6: Tuesday, May 10 at Detroit, TBD (Versus)

*Game 7: Thursday, May 12 at San Jose TBD (Versus)

- The Red Wings know precisely what they need to do against the Sharks to turn the series around, but accomplishing that won’t be easy, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Michael Rosenberg

- The Sharks are determined to hold their parking spot in front of Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- In-season acquisitions are paying huge dividends for San Jose in the playoffs (San Jose Mercury News)

- Detroit might use face-off specialist Kris Draper in Game 3 (Detroit Free-Press)

- San Jose mulls line changes for Game 3 (Detroit Free-Press)

*If necessary

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:58 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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