No. 2 Philadelphia vs. No. 7 Buffalo
(Flyers lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 2: Flyers 6, Sabres 5


Nikolay Zherdev scores a second period goal past Buffalo’s Ryan Miller as the Flyers took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. (Devin Duprey/AP)

Game 4: Wednesday at Buffalo, 7:30

- Read the full game story from Monday

- Box score

- Jeff Carter’s emergence in the series has given the Flyers new life, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist says Brian Boucher’s return to the net could change the postseason outlook for the Flyers

- Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason says it’s time Brad Boyes lived up to his billing and gave the Sabres some postseason production - Boyes is currently in the midst of a 14-game goalless drought.

- More from the Buffalo News: Drew Stafford scored his first playoff goal since 2007, but it wasn’t enough to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead in the series

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 4, Canadiens 2
With captain Zdeno Chara back in the lineup after missing Game 2 due to dehydration, the Bruins finally got on the board in a series where neither team has been able to defend its home ice. David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored first-period goals and Tim Thomas had 34 saves as the Bruins snapped a six-game postseason losing streak dating back to last year’s collapse after taking a 3-0 lead against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference seminfinals.

Game 4: Thursday at Montreal, 7

- Read the full story from Monday’s game

- Box score

- From the Boston Globe: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made all the difference as Boston regained its footing in the series

- More from the Globe: Despite winning Game 3, the Bruins continue to show the rough edges that often spell disaster in the playoffs

- From the Montreal Gazette: Goalie Carey Price said the Habs were too loose heading into Monday’s Game 3 in Montreal

- It’s no surprise that Boston bounced back in Game 3, even playing in a hostile environment, writes Gazette columnist Red Fisher

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No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay
(Penguins lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Penguins 3, Lightning 0

Game 2: Lightning 5, Penguins 1


Penguins right wing Arron Asham (45) celebrates with teammates Mike Rupp (17) and Craig Adams (27) after scoring a first period goal. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Game 4: Wednesday at Tampa Bay, 7

- Read the full story from Monday’s game

- Box score

- Quick strikes keyed Pittsburgh’s win Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s recap

- Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier writes that the noise from the 15,000 drums handed out to Lightning fans on Monday did little to rattle the visiting Penguins

- Monday’s start was no way to begin your first home playoff game in four years , writes the Tampa Tribune’s Martin Fennelly.

- More from the Tribune: Veteran netminder Dwayne Roloson has one thing that's invaluable at this time of the season, a short memory

No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 New York
(Capitals lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT)

Game 2: Capitals 2, Rangers 0

Game 3: Rangers 3, Capitals 2

Game 4: Wednesday at New York, 7 (Versus)

- In his latest On Hockey piece, Tarik El-Bashir writes it’s time for the Caps to address their shortcomings and step up

- Bruce Boudreau calls out Marc Staal for a ‘dirty’ hit on Mike Green in Game 3

- From the Insider: The Caps know they must avoid retaliation when the Rangers try to get under their skin

- More from the Insider: Despite facing a significant increase in traffic in front of his net in Game 3, Michal Neuvirth remains confident in his ability to lead the Caps to the second round

- The Caps took far too many penalties in Game 3 and they know that’s something they must fix going forward

- From the New York Times: Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky are eschewing playoff tradition with thick black mustaches over the playoff beard

- From the New York Daily News: Marc Staal and Dan Girardi are staring to get under Ovechkin’s skin with their physical play

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Chicago
(Canucks lead series 3-0)

Game 1: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0

Game 2: Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 3: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2

Game 4: Tonight at Chicago, 8 (Versus)

- From the Chicago Sun-Times: The defending champion Blackhawks are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

- Are the Blackhawks simply out of answers against the best team in the NHL? Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre ponders this question

- More from the Sun: Doom and gloom is the common feeling in the Chicago media

- From the Chicago Tribune: The Blackhawks see last year’s Flyers team as evidence that a 3-0 deficit can be overcome

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1: Sharks 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Game 2: Kings 4, Sharks 0

Game 3: Tuesday at Los Angeles, 10:30 (Versus)

- Drew Doughtry and Jack Johnson helped revive the L.A. power play in Game 2

- From the L.A. Times: The Kings will be sporting all black alternate jerseys tonight as their fans prepare for a blackout at Staples Center

No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Phoenix
(Red Wings lead series 3-0)

Game 1: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 2: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3


Valtteri Filppula (51) put the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov in the second period of Detroit’s 4-2 win Monday that dumped Phoenix into a 3-0 hole. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Game 4: Wednesday at Phoenix, 10:30

- Read the full game story from Monday

- Box score

- The way the Red Wings are scoring with ease, Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenburg wonders if this is even a playoff series at all

- More from the Free Press: Tomas Holmstrom has perfected the art of screening the goalie, and it’s paying huge dividends for Detroit

- From the Arizona Republic: Monday’s white out in Phoenix had no effect on the white hot Red Wings

- More from the Republic: The Coyotes’ uncertain future as a franchise has fans frustrated

No. 4 Anaheim vs. No. 5 Nashville
(Predators lead series 2-1)

Game 1: Predators 4, Ducks 1

Game 2: Ducks 5, Predators 3

Game 3: Predators 4, Ducks 3

Game 4: Wednesday at Nashville, 8:30

- Ducks GM Bob Murray tells his players ‘we have to start diving’ (Orange County Register)

- From the Nashville City Paper: The Predators continue to get unprecedented offensive production from Mike Fisher

- From the Tennessean: Unlike last season, Patric Hornqvist is 100 percent healthy, and that’s a big reason the Predators’ offense is working