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Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 04/28/2011

NHL playoffs: Wednesday roundup

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 6 Montreal
(Bruins win series 4-3)

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

Game 7: Bruins 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)
Nathan Horton scored his second game-winning overtime goal of the playoffs with 5:43 left in the extra period and the Bruins knocked off resilient Montreal to advance to the second round. Carey Price made 30 saves, and Yannick Weber, Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban scored for the Canadiens as Montreal erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 but never led in the game. Johnny Boychuk and Mark Recchi scored in the first 5:33 to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. But Weber made it 2-1 with a power-play goal in the first and Plekanec tied it in the second with an unassisted, short-handed goal. After Chris Kelly scored with just under 10 minutes left to give Boston a 3-2 lead, Subban tied it in the final two minutes — again on the power play. The Bruins, who went 0-for-21 on the power play in the series, will now face the demons of last spring when they take on the Flyers in the Eastern Confernce semifinals for the second straight season. Boston led that series 3-0 before Philadelphia came back to force a decisive game; in Game 7 in Boston, the Bruins led 3-0 before losing 4-3.
Nathan Horton (18) celebrates his game-winning goal with Milan Lucic (17). (Jim Rogash - GETTY IMAGES)

Quote of the night: “He’s been saving it for seven years, right? So he had a lot of game-winning goals in him.” — Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Nathan Horton, who had never played in a playoff game in six previous seasons.

- Read the full story from Wednesday’s Game 7

- Video: Bruins win series after rallying from 0-2 series hole

- Box score

- The Bruins never seem to make it easy, but Wednesday, they got the job done when it mattered most (Boston Herald)

- More from the Herald: Nathan Horton’s overtime heroics made him an instant hero in Beantown

- Carey Price says Habs can hold their heads high after pushing Game 7 to sudden-death overtime (Montreal Gazette)

- Wednesday’s Game 7 win over the rival Canadiens was doubly sweet for Bruins fanse (Boston Herald)

- By the narrowest of margins over the course of the series, but by a wide margin in Game 7, the Bruins showed they were the better team and deserved to advance (Montreal Gazette)

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Lightning win series 4-3)

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: Lightning 1, Penguins 0
Mid-season acquisition Dwayne Roloson came up huge once again for the Lightning, stopping 36 shots and Sean Bergenheim scored the only goal of the game as Tampa Bay completed its comeback from a 3-1 deficit to advance to the second round for the first time since its 2004 Stanley Cup title season. The 41-year-old Roloson was a rock in goal, preserving the lead while his team was out-shot 36-23 before a hostile crowd in Pittsburgh. Bergenheim’s goal came 5:41 into the second period and was his third in the final four games of the series. The Penguins - who played the entire series without injured stars Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin - had the second-most points in franchise history (106) during the regular season but failed to reach the second round for the first time since 2007. The Lightning will play the top-seeded Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Chris Kunitz (14) looks for a rebound as Dwayne Roloson makes one of his 36 saves during his second career playoff shutout. (Gene J. Puskar - AP)

Quote of the night: “Do you ever go in to write a article figuring to win a Nobel Prize? No, it’s just one of those things that never really had anything to do with me, it was all about our guys that did everything humanly possible to prevent them from getting anything real quality, and if the rebound was there they were able to get things away from me.” — Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson on whether he goes into a game expecting to earn a shutout.

- Read the full story from Wednesday’s Game 7

- Box score

- Dwayne Roloson pitched perfection and the Lightning are moving on (Tampa Tribune)

- Since their 2004 Stanley Cup run, it’s been a long road back to playoff contention for the Lightning, writes St. Petersburg Times columnist John Romano

- More from the Tampa Tribune: Veteran journeyman Dominic Moore - who assisted on Sean Bergenheim’s goal - proves he’s right at home in a pressure-packed Game 7

- The Penguins - who fell to 2-6 all time in Game 7s at home - once again proved that home ice is meaningless in a do-or-die Game 7, writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier

- Video: Lightning complete the comeback, oust Pens on their home ice

- Pittsburgh’s ineffectiveness on the power play proves costly in Game 7 where they went 0-for-5 and saw their season end with a man advantage (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay

Game 1: Friday at Washington, 7 (Versus)

Game 2: Sunday at Washington, 7 (Versus)

Game 3: Tuesday at Tampa Bay, TBD (CSN, Versus)

Game 4: Wednesday 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)

- Katie previews the series between Southeast Division rivals

- Chat live with Tarik El-Bashir and Dan Steinberg as they breakdown the series today at 1 p.m. right here

- The Caps are hoping their extended rest doesn’t result in rust when they start the second round Friday, writes Post columnist Tracee Hamilton

- D.C. Sports Bog: The Caps are no longer “beating that beat up” after victories, now they’re “hustlin’”

- From Caps Insider:Braden Holtby is ready to relish the experience of being a part of Washington’s playoff roster

- Video: Are the Caps benefitting from their long lay-off or is too much rest a concern

- Box Seats fan blogger Kareem El-Alaily offers 15 thoughts on the Caps as they gear up for Round 2

No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 3 Boston

Game 1: Saturday at Philadelphia, 3 (NBC)

Game 2: Monday at Philadelphia, 7:30 (Versus)

Game 3: Wednesday 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)

- Flyers brush off goalie changes, injuries, power-play failures to advance

- After finishing off Buffalo in seven games, the Flyers must quickly turn their focus to Boston - a team anxious for a shot at revenge (Philadelphia Inquirer)

- From the Philadelphia Daily News: Five positive thoughts on the Flyers

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 5 Nashville

Game 1: Tonight at Vancouver, 9 (Versus)

Game 2: Saturday at Vancouver, 9 (Versus)

Game 3: Tuesday at Nashville, TBD (Versus)

Game 4: Thursday, May 3 at Nashville, TBD (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)

- Canucks GM Gillis fined for NHL for complaining about officials

- Vancouver’s Selke Trophy finalist, Ryan Kesler, only has one trophy on his mind: Lord Stanley’s Cup (The Vancouver Sun)

- Former Predator Dan Hamhuis puts friendship on the back burner in facing ex-teammates (The Vancouver Sun)

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No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 3 Detroit

Game 1: Friday at San Jose, 10 (Versus)

Game 2: Sunday at San Jose, 3 (NBC)

Game 3: Wednesday at Detroit, 8 (Versus)

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)

- Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard needs to shake off the rust early and step up once again, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Drew Sharp

- A year after losing four one-goal games in a five-game loss to the Sharks in the conference semifinals, the Red Wings are rested and ready for their shot at redemption (Detroit Free-Press)

- Sharks and Red Wings renew their postseason rivalry Friday night (San Jose Mercury News)

- More from the Free-Press Johan Franzen trying to work his way back for Red Wings

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:21 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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