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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/21/2011

NHL playoffs: Wednesday roundup

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)
After falling behind 3-0 with one of their worst periods of the season, the Capitals came out firing in the third, quickly cutting the lead to 3-2 on goals from Alexander Semin and Marcus Johansson. Johansson's second goal knotted the score and after a scoreless first overtime, Jason Chimera took advantage of sloppy defensive play while following his shot to the front of the net and tipped in the game-winning goal to complete a miraculous comeback and give the Caps a 3-1 series lead.
Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera celebrates his game-winning goal. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post)

Game 5: Saturday at Washington, 3 (NBC)

Quote of the night: “It is up there in your life. I don’t know -- it is next to maybe getting married and having kids as the best thing that has happened to me. I should say besides getting married. It is nice. Kids are No. 1, but this is pretty up there. It’s awesome. There is no better feeling in the world. When you’re a hockey player, you want the game on your stick.” — Jason Chimera on scoring the game-winning goal

- Read Katie’s full game story here

- Boswell: The Caps silenced the city that never sleeps Wednesday

- Jason Chimera on what it felt like to score the game-winner

- Check out a photo gallery from Wednesday’s game

- Box score

- Submit your questions and chat live with Dan Steinberg and Tarik El-Bashir today at 1:30 right here

- Track all the scoring from Wednesday’s game with our interactive shot chart

- From Capitals Insider: Rangers seek to regroup after devastating loss

- The D.C. Sports Bog chronicles the jubilant celebration on the bench following Chimera’s game-winning goal

- Caps radio announcer Steve Kolbe pulls out “the miracle on 34th street” for Chimera’s game-winner (Sports Bog)

- More from Dan Steinberg: Alex Ovechkin is growing a playoff goatee

- Box Seats fan blogger Ryan Cooper is used to hearing about Caps postseason collapses over the years, but he’s beginning to think this team is different

- From Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News: Henrik Lundqvist made 49 saves over more than 92 minutes only to have the puck stolen from him by his own teammate, leading to the Caps game-winner. He deserved better.

- The Capitals sucked the life out of a raucus crowd at Madison Square Garden with a stirring comeback (The New York Times)

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
After allowing 10 goals in two games, Ryan Miller returned to form Wednesday with his team desperately needing a win to even the series. Miller stopped all 32 shots he faced for his second shutout of the series and Jason Pominville scored at 9:38 of the first period to help the Sabres rebound from two straight losses. It was Miller’s third career playoff shutout and second of the series after he stopped 35 shots in Buffalo’s 1-0 victory in Game 1. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher made 28 saves.

Game 5: Friday at Philadelphia, 7:30

- Read the full story from Wednesday’s contest

- Box score

- Ryan Miller carries the Sabres to victory, 2-2 series (Buffalo News)

- Looking for unsung heros to step up, the Sabres find themselves in a familiar spot (Buffalo News)

- “Patrick Kaleta is “a punk, a pest, a pain in the you know what. Really, that’s a compliment of the highest order.” - Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason

- From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Ryan Miller gets the best of the Flyers once again

- The Sabres got the better end of the nasty play in Game 4, writes Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan

- Flyers captain Mike Richards should have known better than to go after Sabres agitator Patrick Kaleta with the game in the balance, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- Ryan Miller and the Sabres pay tribute to late Buffalo star Rick Martin with their playoff beards (Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blog)

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 6 Montreal
(Canadiens lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Bruins 1

Game 3: Bruins 3, Canadiens 2

Game 4: Tonight at Montreal, 7 (Versus)

- The Habs are hoping former-Capital Jeff Halpern can give them some relief in the face-off circle tonight (Montreal Gazette)

- From the Boston Globe: The lack of production on the power play is one reason the Bruins are in a 2-1 series hole

- Vetern Mark Recchi knows the Bruins are capable of rallying (Boston Herald)

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)
James Neal gathered a loose puck along the boards and sent the winning shot past goalie Dwayne Roloson with 3:38 remaining in the second overtime to give the Penguins a 3-1 series lead. Martin St. Louis scored late in the second period and Sean Bergenheim added his first career playoff with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation as Tampa Bay rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second straight game. Roloson made 50 saves for the Lightning and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury tallied nine of his 29 stops in the extra periods.
Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Chris Conner (16) pushes the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning's Mattias Ritola (21) during the first period. (Chris O'Meara - AP)

Game 5: Saturday at Pittsburgh

- Ready Wednesday’s full game story

- Box score

- Martin St. Louis has done his best to put the Lightning on his back, but Tampa will not win this series without contributions elsewhere, writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier

- More from the Post-Gazette: Fleury defends his crease against unwanted visitors, like Tampa’s Ryan Malone

- Tampa Bay fell into a 3-1 hole with Wednesday’s loss, but they never would have had a chance to win in overtime were it not for the continued hurculean efforts of the diminuitive Martin St. Louis (Tampa Tribune)

- The NHL’s so-called discpline on headshots borders on criminal, writes the Tampa Tribune’s Martin Fennelly

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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

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: Tonight at Vancouver, 10

- Reformed Vancouver Canuck agitators Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows have been angels in this series, and that must change if Vancouver hopes to close out Chicago tonight (Vancouver Sun)

- With momentum, confidence and the Stanley Cup still in their possession, the Blackhawks remain a dangerous team, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- More from the Sun: The Canucks quickly put the Game 4 loss behind them and are focused on closing out the Blackhawks tonight

- The Blackhawks know they still have plenty of work to do if they want to turn this into a series (Chicago Sun Times)

- The defending champs proved Tuesday they have the formula to defeat the best team in hockey, but can they do it again tonight? (Chicago Tribune)

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

Game 1: Sharks 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Game 2: Kings 4, Sharks 0

Game 3: Sharks 6, Kings 5 (OT)

Game 4: Tonight at Los Angeles, 10:30

- The Sharks were able to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history because they won the intermissions, writes San Jose Mercury Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- Despite never having started a playof game, Antero Niittymaki helped spark San Jose’s rally from four goals down in Game 3. Will he get the start tonight as a result, or will the Sharks turn to Antti Niemi once again? (San Jose Mercury News)

- From the Los Angeles Times: The Kings are hoping to regroup after their schocking collapse in Game 3

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
Playing in front of potential owner Michael Hulsizer, who talked with fans outside before the game and sat in the stands, the Coyotes kept up with Detroit’s multitude of scoring lines on goals from Taylor Pyatt, Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal. Phoenix twice was unable to hold one-goal leads and with 6:19 remaining, Daniel Cleary’s sharp angle shot caught Ilya Bryzgalov out of position - that proved to be the game-winner as the Red Wings completed the sweep. The Coyotes - who may have played their final game in Phoenix - failed to advance out of the first round for the 12th consecutive time.
Ilya Bryzgalov reacts after allowing a third period goal to Danny Cleary. Bryzgalov, who allowed 17 goals in the four-game series, took the blame for Wednesday’s loss. (Christian Petersen - GETTY IMAGES)

- Read the full game story from Wednesday’s game

- Box score

- We may have just witnessed the last NHL game in Phoenix, writes Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy blogger Gene Wyshynski

- As the first team to the finish line, the Red Wings earned so well-deserved time off, writes Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg

- Depth in the playoffs has long been a trademark of the Detroit Red Wings, and this spring looks no different (Free Press)

- More from the Free Press: Ruslan Salei and Niklas Kronwall are showing their worth on the blueline for Detroit

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

- After his team allowed 18 goals in four games, Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov shouldered the blame for Wednesday's Game 4 loss (Arizona Republic)

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
Corey Perry’s short-handed goal at 1:17 of the third period put Anaheim ahead to stay and the Ducks beat Nashville to tie the Western Conference series 2-2. Cam Fowler had a power-play goal and had an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf, Brandon McMillan, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu added goals. Patric Hornqvist, Joel Ward and Matt Halischuck scored for Nashville, which blew a chance for its first ever 3-1 series lead.

Game 5: Friday at Anaheim, 10

- Read the full game story here

- Box score

- Fifty goals are proof that Corey Perry has been heroic in more ways than one for the Ducks in his stellar season, but the forward displayed his greatest example in just how valuable he is to them (Orange County Register)

- The rough and tumble play that has marked this series continued in Wednesday’s Game 4

- Wednesday’s Game 4 was the most important in Nashville Predators history, and the team blew it, writes Tennessean columnist Joe Biddle

- Tennessean columnist David Climer called Wednesday’s game “double-catfish big”

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/21/2011

 
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