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


Dave Bolland scored a goal and added three assists in his first game back from a concussion to help the Blackhawks avoid elimination. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Game 5: Thursday at Vancouver, 10

Quote of the night: ‘‘We didn’t want to end it like this. We’re too good of a team not to challenge Vancouver into a series. Obviously, they’re in great shape and they’re a great hockey club. But we’re just going to have some fun and see what can go on.’’ — Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell

- Read the full game story from Tuesday

- Box score

- Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh wonders aloud: where have the Blackhawks that showed up Tuesday night been?

- Dave Bolland’s triumphant return keys Blackhawks’ offensive explosion (Chicago Tribune)

- The Blackhawks finally slowed Vancouver’s “hellacious” forecheck in Tuesday’s win, writes Tribune blogger Steve Rosenbloom

- The defending champs proved it ain’t over yet with Tuesday’s dominating victory on home ice (Chicago Sun Times)

- More from the Sun Times: For the first time all series, the Blackhawks went from being the hunter to the hunters, out-hitting the Canucks and forcing them out of their game

- ‘Super’ Dave Bolland’s star turn gives Blackhawks fans a reason to believe, writes Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre

- Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole explains how the Canucks’ brooms were replaced with boos Tuesday in Chicago

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


Devin Setoguchi celebrates his game-winning overtime goal. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

Game 4: Thursday at Los Angeles, 10:30

- Read the full game story from Tuesday

- Box score

- From the San Jose Mercury News: The Sharks became only the third team to rally from a four-goal deficit to win a playoff game

- Whether the Sharks win or lose this series, ‘they are going to take their followers through a carnival funhouse and/or house of horrors before getting to the end of the ride’, writes Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy

- Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times chronicles the Kings’ crushing collapse in Game 3

- Video: The Kings discuss the loss in the post-game locker room (L.A. Times)

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

Game 3: Red Wings 4, Coyotes 2

Game 4: Tonight at Phoenix, 10:30

- This is Johan “The Mule” Franzen’s time of year, writes Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenburg

Quote of the day: “This is Johan Franzen’s time of year. I don’t just mean he plays well. I mean we should name it after him. From now on, the seasons should be known as Winter, Mule, Summer and Fall.” - Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenburg

- More from the Free Press: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is finding his comfort zone

- Hours after the puck drop at Jobing.com Arena Wednesday night, there will be a form of resolution for the Coyotes: face the music or prepare for Game 5. The Coyotes cannot look beyond the moment (Arizona Republic)

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: Tonight at Nashville, 8:30

- War of words escalates as Ducks accuse Predators of diving, Nashville’s coach says talk is ‘disrespectful’

- The pressure is building on the Ducks heading into Game 4 (Orange County Register)

- Predators defenseman Shane O’Brien has been punishing the Ducks in the playoffs, and he believes game officials are taking notice (The Tennessean)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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


Earlier this week Bruce Boudreau said “it’s not that loud” in Madison Square Garden, and the Caps hope to keep it that way with a strong start Wednesday night. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

- Caps beat reporter Katie Carrera writes that as they prepare for Wednesday’s game, the Capitals are looking to re-establish that tenacious physicality without reacting to any of the Rangers’ agitation

- The Caps cannot afford to let this series go seven games if they want to make a run at the Cup, writes Tracee Hamilton

- Despite taking another big hit in Game 3 that Coach Bruce Boudreau called “dirty,” Mike Green is not worried about the Rangers’ physical play

- Video: The PostSports Live crew discusses whether or not it’s time for the Caps to start worrying

- The Caps must make a statement that they have shed their old playoff tendencies in Game 4, writes Box Seats blogger Kareem El-Alaily

- From the Insider: Mike Knuble takes a “maintenance day” but will play Wednesday

- Box Seats blogger Nicole Weissman details five reasons why this series won’t end the same way last year’s Montreal series did

- More from the Insider: Rangers Coach John Tortorella responds to Boudreau’s accusations

- From the New York Daily News: Bruce Boudreau’s complaints about Madison Square Garden will only make it a more hostile environment for the visiting Capitals on Wednesday

- More from the Daily News: Tortorella calls Boudreau a whiner

- New York Times: Sharp words will only increase intensity in an already hard-hitting series

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

Game 1: Sabres 1, Flyers 0

Game 2: Flyers 6, Sabres 5

Game 3: Flyers 4, Sabres 2

Game 4: Tonight at Buffalo, 7:30

- Nikolay Zherdev showed up just in the nik of time in Game 3 for the Flyers, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann

- The Sabres are out-hitting the always-chippy, always-physical Flyers - and they trail in the series 2-1 as a result - writes Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon

- The Sabres have been playing catch-up all season, so their mentality heading into tonight’s Game 4 trailing 2-1 in the series, is quite familiar (Buffalo News)

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: Thursday at Montreal, 7

- With a big road win in Game 3, the Bruins are relaxed and ready to even the series tonight in Montreal

- After three games, one thing is certain, the first goal of tonight’s Game 3 will be critical (Montreal Gazette)

- From the Boston Globe: Bruins spirits lifted in Lake Placid following Game 3 win

- Boston goalie Tim Thomas soaks in the memories of Lake Placid and the 1980 Olympics (Boston Globe)

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

Game 3: Penguins 3, Lightning 2

Game 4: Tonight at Tampa Bay, 7

- Tampa’s Steve Downie, Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz suspended for Game 4 for hits in Game 3

- From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pens top-ranked penalty kill has looked anything but through the last two games

- It’s been a baffling, illogical series so far, writes Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier

- From the Tampa Tribune: The Lightning know the emotional challenge they face trailing Pittsburgh 2-1 in the best-of-seven series