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

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)

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)


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

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