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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 05/05/2011

NHL playoffs: Wednesday roundup

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Lightning win series 4-0)

Game 1: Lightning 4, Capitals 2

Game 2: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Game 3: Lightning 4, Capitals 3

Game 4: Lightning 5, Capitals 3
Forced to play catch-up yet again, the Capitals never regained their footing following back-to-back goals from red-hot Sean Bergenheim in the second period and the Lightning finished off the top seed in the East with a four-game sweep. Marco Sturm’s power-play goal late in the first period brought the Capitals back to even at 1-1, but Bergenheim put the Bolts back on top 4:41 into the second period and scored his fourth goal of the series less than eight minutes later. John Erskine’s no-angle blast pulled the Caps within one heading into the third, but Tampa continued its dominance of the final 20 minutes, tallying twice, first on the power-play from Marc-Andre Bergeron and then late with a goal from Martin St. Louis to ice the game and close out the series. Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves to improve his postseason record to 8-3 and Michal Neuvirth finished with 32 stops as the Caps fell to a lower-seeded team for the fourth consecutive season.
Another playoff flameout leaves the Capitals wondering what could have been...and what comes next. (Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post)

Quote of the night: “We did better than last year. But it’s a season thrown away, in my opinion.” — Capitals defenseman John Carlson

- Read Katie Carrera’s full game story here

- After yet another early postseason exit, the Caps’ focus turns to the future and what can be done to fix the franchise, writes Tracee Hamilton

- For as much success as the Capitals have had in the regular season, their playoff failures signal a need for major changes, writes Tarik El-Bashir

- From Capitals Insider: It’s all over for the Caps

- Box Seats fan blogger Ryan Cooper speaks for many frustrated, heart-broken Caps fans when he wonders, “what next?”

- Join Tarik El-Bashir and Dan Steinberg for a live video chat to wrap up the season today at 1 p.m., right here

- Fan reactions to another gut-wrenching overtime collapse (D.C. Sports Bog)

- Check out a photo gallery from the Washington-Tampa Bay series

- More from the National Post’s Bruce Arthur: Tampa rookie coach Guy Boucher is proving himself to be a quick study

- Ted Leonsis: “The wheels fell off for us”

- More from the D.C. Sports Bog: Ovechkin hopes the Capitals are not broken up this summer

- Track every shot and goal from every Caps playoff game with our interactive shot chart

- The Lightning finished off their stunning sweep of top-seeded Washington and are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals (Tampa Tribune)

- Questions about in Washington as the Capitals are swept away, writes National Post columnist Bruce Arthur

- Teams look for unexpected heroes in the playoffs, and Sean Bergenheim has been just that for Tampa (Tampa Tribune)

- More from the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning have not lost since defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron’s return to the lineup

- Box score

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

Game 1: Bruins 7, Flyers 3

Game 2: Bruins 3, Flyers 2 (OT)

Game 3: Bruins 5, Flyers 1
Zdeno Chara and David Krejci scored 33 seconds apart in the first 63 seconds of the game and the Bruins pummeled the reeling Flyers in Boston to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Daniel Paille and first-round hero Nathan Horton scored late in the second period to give the home team a 4-0 advantage and Chara capped a dominant performance with his second tally on the power play late in the third. The Bruins, who now find themselves in the exact scenario that resulted in Philadelphia’s improbable rally from a 3-0 deficit to win their series last spring, have been the better team by a longshot and once again forced the Flyers to swap goaltenders mid-game. Boston’s Tim Thomas made 37 saves on 38 shots and the disciplined Bruins only alotted Philadelphia a pair of power play opportunities, neither of which resulted in a goal.
Shawn Thornton and the Bruins were a step quicker and a several notches tougher in their Game 3 rout of Matt Carle and the Flyers. (Elise Amendola - AP)

Quote of the night: “You (media) guys promised me before this series that if I answered that question you wouldn’t ask me again. You raised your hands when I asked you to promise.” — Boston’s Shawn Thornton on the subject of the Bruins’ 3-0 collapse last season

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)

- Read the full story from Wednesday’s Game 3 blowout here

- Box score

- The Bruins have been here before, now it’s time to finish the job (Boston Globe)

- For the second straight year the Bruins find themselves one win away from closing out the Flyers and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals (Boston Globe)

- The Bruins have the Flyers right where the want them - on the ropes - but until Boston closes out this series, the memories of last year’s collapse will linger, writes the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley

- This Flyers team hardly seems capable of repeating last year’s dramatic rally from 0-3 down, writes Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan

- The Flyers got pushed around for the first 20 minutes and never recovered as they fell into another 0-3 hole against the Bruins (Philadelphia Daily News)

- Zdeno Chara anchors Boston’s Game 3 rout (Boston Herald)

- Boston’s power play finally breaks out of its 0-for-30 slide (Boston Herald)

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)

Game 4: Tonight 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)

- Former Canadiens castoffs, Max Lapierre and Chris Higgins have risen above their reputations to become critical cogs in the Canucks' postseason plans, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- The goal-starved Predators have gone dead offensively, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole

- Nasvhille’s postseason run has become a marketing bonanza for both the team and its home city (The Tennessean)

- Nashville Coach Barry Trotz calls out Canucks for embellishing penalties and gamesmanship (Vancouver Sun)

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: Sharks 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)
After scoring just once in eight playoff games this season - and eight times in 38 career postseason contests - Devin Setoguchi picked a prime opportunity to register his first career playoff hat trick. Dan Boyle’s late third-period goal pulled the Sharks even at 3-3 to force overtime where Setoguchi lit the lamp at 9:21 to give the Sharks a 3-0 series lead and push the Red Wings to the brink of elimination. Setoguchi opened the scoring midway through the first period but Detroit answered with a power-play goal from Nicklas Lidstrom and Patrick Eaves’ tally gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 13:59 of the second period. Setoguchi’s second marker - this one on the power-play - knotted the score until Pavel Datsyuk scored on the power-play less than four minutes later to put Detroit back on top. Antti Niemi made 38 saves for the Sharks who won the first three games of last year’s series against the Red Wings - including Game 3 in a 4-3 overtime contest - before eliminating Detroit in five.
Devin Setoguchi (16) celebrates scoring the game winning goal in overtime with teammates Marc-Edouard Vlasic, left, Patrick Marleau (12) and Jason Demers (60). (Paul Sancya - AP)

Quote of the night: “I told Logan (Couture) that I wanted to do the old double-knee slide. You know, the same way that Ronaldo, the soccer player, does it. But then Logan said he wanted to do that same one.” — Devin Setoguchi on his overtime goal celebration

“So, it was a race to see who would get to do it first.” — Couture

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)

- Read the full story from San Jose’s Game 3 overtime win

- Box score

- The Sharks had their game-winning celebration down pat before Setoguchi’s overtime goal gave them the victory, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- The Red Wings were the better team Wednesday night in Detroit, but the better team doesn’t always win, writes Detroit Free-Press columnist Michael Rosenberg

- Kyle Wellwood, who almost left the NHL altogether a few short years ago, is now thriving in San Jose where the Sharks are stampeding through the playoffs (National Post)

- Too many penalties cost the Red Wings in Game 3, and now they’re on the brink of elimination (Detroit Free-Press)

*If necessary

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:19 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Tags:  Playoffs

 
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