They did it different ways, but both the Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks are halfway to the conference finals.
Tampa Bay had to work overtime after Alex Ovechkin got Washington even with 67 seconds left in regulation, but Vincent Lecavalier's OT goal gave the Bolts a 3-2 road win and a 2-0 lead as they head home for Games 3 and 4. In San Jose, the Sharks beat the Red Wings 2-1 in a goaltending battle, sending the series to Detroit with San Jose leading 2-0.
There's only one game on tonight's schedule: Philadelphia will try to bounce back after being pasted by Boston in Game 1 when the Flyers host the Bruins (Link to preview) at what's sure to be an emotionalWells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN. RDS).
Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List for a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Lightning not ready to declare victory
Not even the biggest Tampa Bay Lightning fans could have expected their team to be coming home from Washington with a 2-0 series lead. But they are, thanks to Vincent Lecavalier's OT goal in Game 2. However, as Brian Compton reports, the Bolts know they're only halfway to achieving their goal of sending the Caps home for the summer.
Caps power play is MIA
For the second year in a row, the Washington Capitals aren't getting the production they need from their power play. Corey Masisak writes that while the PP was better in Game 2, going 0-for-6 – and 0-for-11 in the first two games – is a big reason the Caps are two games down as they head to Tampa.
Sharks' special teams are just that
San Jose beat Los Angeles in the opening round despite its special teams, which struggled throughout the six-game series. But as Dave Lozo writes, they're beating Detroit in the second round because of special teams.
Lidstrom: We have to be better at home
The Detroit Red Wings were a lot better in Game 2 against San Jose than they were in Game 1 – but they still weren't good enough to win. As Roger Phillips reports, Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom says his team has to be even better as the series moves to Joe Louis Arena for Wednesday's Game 3.
Canucks look for missing offense
The NHL's best regular-season offense is struggling to find the back of the net in the playoffs. With the Vancouver-Nashville series shifting to Music City for Game 3, Dhiren Mahiban writes that efforts to generate more offense will be front and center at the Canucks' practice on Monday.
Horton's having fun
Boston's Nathan Horton is in his seventh NHL season. But he's a playoff rookie, and as Adam Kimelman writes, he's having a great time in his first taste of the postseason – including a pair of OT goals.
Flyers expect to rebound
Neither the Philadelphia Flyers nor their fans were expecting what happened Saturday – a 7-3 victory by the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center in Game 1 of their second-round series. Mike G. Morreale reports that the Flyers fully expect to have no trouble putting the series-opening loss behind them before the puck drops Monday night for Game 2.