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Reading List: Caps come back; Wings sweep

Thursday, 04.21.2011 / 9:57 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

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Reading List: Caps come back; Wings sweep
For the first time in four years, two Stanley Cup Playoff games went into double overtime. The visiting team went home with a win in both cases.

In New York, the Washington Capitals rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rangers 4-3, while Pittsburgh's James Neal disappointed more than 20,000 fans in Tampa when he scored 3:08 into the second OT to give the Penguins a 3-2 win.

The Detroit Red Wings became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals when they beat Phoenix 6-3 to complete a four-game sweep.

Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List for a set of quick links to stories that you won't want to miss:

Johansson comes up big
With Mike Knuble out with an injury, the Washington Capitals needed other players to step up. As Corey Masisak reports, one of those players was rookie Marcus Johansson, who scored a pair of Knuble-like goals to key Washington's comeback win in New York.

The other was veteran forward Jason Chimera, who rebounded from a disastrous second-period shift to score the game-winner.

Gaborik takes the blame
Marian Gaborik ended his playoff scoring drought with one of New York's three second-period goals, but wound up being in the wrong place at the wrong time on the play that wound up costing the Rangers in double overtime. Dave Lozo reports.

Fourth line shines for Penguins
With no Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, offense is a communal effort for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who got some much-needed production from their fourth line in Wednesday's 3-2 double-OT win in Tampa. Mike G. Morreale has more.

Perry power
Corey Perry led the NHL with 50 regular-season goals. As John Manasso reports, he's producing in the postseason as well -- including the game-winner in Anaheim's series-tying 6-3 win at Nashville.

Pominville a perfect co-star
Ryan Miller was the star of Buffalo's 1-0 win against Philadelphia in Game 4 on Wednesday night, but Jason Pominville earned at least co-star billing with the game's only goal. Jeremy Sandler was among those who talked to Pominville about his winning goal and the series against the Flyers.

Coyotes disappointed at getting swept
The Phoenix Coyotes had high hopes for their first-round rematch against Detroit, but they ended up as the first team eliminated from the postseason following a four-game sweep. Jerry Brown explains where things went wrong against the Red Wings.

Canucks not worried about Game 4 loss
The Vancouver Canucks were walloped 7-2 by Chicago in Game 4 of their playoff series. But they're still up 3-1 as they go home for Game 5, and Dhiren Mahiban reports that they wasted little time putting the Game 4 loss behind them.

Kings regroup after devastating loss
The Los Angeles Kings spent Wednesday trying to regroup after Tuesday's devastating 6-5 overtime loss to San Jose -- a game they led 4-0 after less than 21 minutes of playing time. Curtis Zupke reports on how coach Terry Murray is working to get the Kings ready for Game 4 on Thursday.

Help from Halpern
The Montreal Canadiens have been getting clobbered in the faceoff circle, so as Arpon Basu reports, they'll be delighted to welcome back veteran forward and faceoff ace Jeff Halpern for Thursday's game against Boston.
Quote of the Day

Great players need great players to play with. That's why we'll have a training camp and we'll find who the best two guys are suited to play with Stamkos.

— Tampa Bay Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness on Steven Stamkos' potential linemates for the 2014-15 season