The Tampa Bay Lightning
are moving on to the conference finals. The Boston Bruins
and San Jose Sharks
are close to joining them. The Washington Capitals
are heading home.
The Bolts moved into the NHL's final four for the first time since winning it all in 2004 by completing a stunning sweep of the Capitals with a 5-3 victory in Game 4. Surprise scorer Sean Bergenheim
had a pair of goals for the Bolts, who sent the Caps home earlier than expected for the fourth year in a row.
The Lightning are headed for the Eastern Conference Finals, and they could find themselves facing the Bruins. Boston scored twice in the first 1:03 and cruised to a 5-1 home win against Philadelphia. The B's can close out the Flyers on Friday night.
San Jose can do the same thing to Detroit after a 4-3 overtime win at Joe Louis Arena. The Sharks lead that series 3-0 and have won seven of eight playoff games between the teams in the past two years.
There's only one game tonight. The Nashville Predators
will try to even their Western Conference Semifinal series at two wins apiece when they host the Vancouver Canucks
in Game 4 (8:30 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, 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:
Caps look for answers
No one could have expected the Caps to go down in four games to the Lightning -- certainly not coach Bruce Boudreau
or superstar Alex Ovechkin
. Corey Masisak reports
on what figures to be an interesting summer in the nation's capital.
Bergenheim turns into scoring ace
was the surprise star of Tampa Bay's sweep of Washington. Bergenheim, an unheralded free-agent signee last summer, leads the Lightning with 7 goals through two rounds of the playoffs. Brian Compton talks with Bergenheim
about his surprising playoff run and the Lightning's success.
"Z" shows why he wears the "C"
stepped up offensively and defensively for the Boston Bruins
in Game 3, scoring 30 seconds into the game, adding Boston's first power-play goal of the playoffs and playing more than 28 minutes in the Bruins' Game 3 win against Philadelphia. Shawn Roarke has more
on the man who wears the "C" for the B's.
Snider unhappy but not ready to concede
The unhappy 71-year-old on his cellphone outside Philadelphia's dressing room following Game 3 was owner Ed Snider. But the man who brought the NHL to Philadelphia was in no mood to concede
after Wednesday's 5-1 loss.
Do Flyers have Bruins where they want them?
Haven't we seen this before? Bruins win Game 3, giving them a chance to sweep Philadelphia out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It's the same scenario as last year; Mike Morreale looks at
whether the likelihood of a similar result.
Howard says Wings should have won
No one in Detroit's dressing room was unhappier after Wednesday's 4-3 OT loss than goaltender Jimmy Howard
, who felt his team outplayed San Jose but didn't get the result it deserved. Brian Hedger has more
from a disappointed goaltender.
Big night for Big Joe
San Jose's Devin Setoguchi
had the first hat trick of this year's playoffs -- and all three goals, including the OT winner, came on passes from Joe Thornton
. Dave Lozo has more
on San Jose's captain, who talks about his team's confidence in overtime, where the Sharks are 5-0 this season.
Preds need big guns to fire
With just four goals in the first three games against Vancouver, the Nashville Predators
need more offense -- especially from their top guns. John Manasso reports
that the Predators are looking for a better showing from their top line.
Losing late leads doesn't worry Canucks
Vancouver has blown late leads in each of its past two games against Nashville. But as John Manasso reports
, the Canucks aren't worried about it because they feel they have momentum in the series.