No. 3 Boston vs. No. 6 Montreal
(Series tied 2-2)

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Bruins 1

Game 3: Bruins 3, Canadiens 2


Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder ( facing camera) celebrates his winning goal in overtime. (Paul Chiasson/AP)

Game 5: Saturday at Boston, 7 (Versus)

- Read the full story from Thursday’s Game 4

- Box score

- Michael Ryder’s overtime game-winner proved that logic, home-ice advantage and first-goal advantage can be thrown out the window in this series (Boston Globe)

- More from the Globe: It was there for the taking, and the Canadiens certainly had their chances, but they failed to take advantage in Game 4

- Also from the Globe: Ryder’s overtime goal squares the series

- From the Boston Herald: Michael Ryder nearly scratched after Bruins fell into 2-0 hole, instead becomes Game 4 hero

- From the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens falter on a night of comebacks

Keep reading for updates, news and links from the rest of the playoff series...

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Chicago
(Canucks lead series 3-2)

Game 1: Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0

Game 2: Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 3: Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2

Game 4: Blackhawks 7, Canucks 2


Jonathan Toews, left, and the Canucks' Alexander Edler crash into Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during the first period. For the second straight game, Luongo was pulled early. (Darryl Dyck/AP)

Game 6: Sunday at Chicago, 7:30

Quote of the night: “I don’t know. I can’t see in his head.” — Chicago’s Marian Hossa when asked if the Blackhawks are in Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo’s head after scoring 12 goals in two games.

- Read the full game story

- Box score

- “The guy who took a puck to the mouth during the run to the Stanley Cup once again is showing his teeth in the postseason.” - Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton on Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith

- Despite two dismal games in a row, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo insists he remains confident and will start Game 6 in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

- Chicago's forward trio of Ben Smith, Michael Frolik and Viktor Stalberg has picked up its play and the results are staggering (Chicago Sun Times)

- From the Vancouver Sun: Over the last two games, the best team in the regular season has been exposed badly by the defending Stanley Cup champions

- After a pair of lopsided losses, the Canucks have gone from promise to panic in an instant, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- Nucks Misconduct offers its grades for the Canucks following Thursday’s blowout loss... and they are not pretty

No. 2 San Jose vs. No. 7 Los Angeles
(Sharks lead series 3-1)

Game 1: Sharks 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Game 2: Kings 4, Sharks 0

Game 3: Sharks 6, Kings 5 (OT)


Torrey Mitchell puts the puck past Jonathan Quick in the third period as the Kings allowed six goals for the second straight game. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Game 5: Saturday at San Jose, 10:30 (Versus)

Quote of the night: “Stop them from scoring six goals a game. We’re not going to win a game if they score six goals a game, it’s just the way it is.” — Kings defenseman Jack Johnson on the key to turning the series around

- Read the full game story from Thursday night

- Box score

- The Sharks are a team headed in the right direction at the right time, writes San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- The Kings defense, and their season, are on the brink of collapse following another crushing home defeat (Los Angeles Times)

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

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

- Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard appears poised for a long postseason run, writes Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg

- After they were swept off their home ice - perhaps for the last time - the Coyotes skated off into the unknown (New York Times)

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

Game 5: Tonight at Anaheim, 10

- Off-ice arguments are overshadowing dynamic play on the ice in a riveting series between the Ducks and Predators

- Ducks’ Jarkko Ruutu suspended for Game 5 for late hit on Predators’ Martin Erat

- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne needs to snap out of his funk and return to form, writes Tennessean columnist David Climer

- Sparks fly leading up to critical Game 5 (Orange County Register)

- Preds defenseman Shane O’Brien mocks Ducks’ GM Bob Murray for accusing Nashville of diving (Orange County Register)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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)

- Game 5: Saturday at Verizon Center, 3 (NBC)

- Friday practice updates: Knuble out, Laich skates with top line

- The Capitals must bring their killer instinct to put the Rangers away Saturday, writes Tarik El-Bashir in his latest On Hockey piece

- From Capitals Insider: Mike Knuble’s status remains uncertain for Game 5

- Hindsight is 20-20: Bruce Boudreau said he never considered pulling Neuvirth after going down 3-0 in Game 4

- More from the Insider: Dennis Wideman says he’s “getting close” but there’s still no timetable for his return

- On the D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg is finally ready to put MSG-gate to bed

- From the New York Daily News: John Tortorella makes a guarantee for Game 5

- Despite trailing 3-1, Rangers still believe they have what it takes to rally (New York Daily News)

- The Rangers were doomed by a lack of game-breakers in Game 4 (New York Post)

- Brandon Dubinsky confident Rangers can overcome 3-1 deficit (New York Post)

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

Game 5: Tonight at Philadelphia, 7:30 (Versus)

- With one magnificent save on Danny Briere on Wednesday, Ryan Miller may have changed the course of the series, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann

- “Believe it or not, Tyler Myers has always been mean. Behind that aw-shucks grin, humble attitude and nice-guy demeanor is a 6-foot-8 mountain of fury.” - John Vogl of the Buffalo News

- Ryan Miller is proving the value of having an elite goalie come playoff time and Sabres fans are taking notice (Buffalo News)

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)

Game 5: Saturday at Pittsburgh, 12 (Versus)

- The Penguins are dominating even-strength play against the Lightning (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

- Now is the perfect time for rugged right winger Steve Downie to give the Bolts a spark, writes Tampa Tribune columnist Joey Johnston

- Patience and selective memory are the keys to extending the series for Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg Times)

- St. Petersburg Times columnist Damian Cristodero ponders whether a change in net is in the cards for the Lightning

- More from the Post-Gazette: When might Sydney Crosby return?

- Pens GM Ray Shero was snubbed in general manager of the year voting, writes Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook