B’S AND FLYERS VIE FOR A DATE WITH MONTREAL: After Boston’s 3-0 series lead and Philadelphia facing elimination in three consecutive games, the Flyers and Bruins now both face elimination tonight as the teams face off in Game 7 in Boston (8:00 p.m. ET, NESN, Versus). The Flyers look to become the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series, while the Bruins will look to reach their first Eastern Conference Finals since 1992. Friday night’s winner will have home-ice advantage in the next round versus Montreal and will host Game 1 Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.
ROUND 2 SERIES RECAPS: San Jose took care of Detroit in five games to visit the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2004. The Sharks will take on Chicago in the Western Conference Finals. The Blackhawks ousted the Vancouver Canucks four games to two in the series to visit the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season, exactly one year from ousting the ‘Nucks last May. Last year, the Hawks faced Detroit in the conference finals and were defeated 4-1 in the series. The Montreal Canadiens, coming off their round one defeat of the President’s Trophy Washington Capitals, stunned the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night in Game 7 to take home a 5-2 victory and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, winning the series four games to three.
ROUND 1 SERIES RECAPS: Philadelphia was the only team to clinch its series in five games, topping New Jersey 4-1. Five teams won their respective series 4-2. Boston defeated Buffalo and Pittsburgh defeated Ottawa in the Eastern Conference, while the West featured San Jose clinching its series over Colorado, Vancouver over Colorado and Chicago over Nashville. The Western Conference saw one Game 7 in Phoenix, with the Detroit Red Wings beating the Coyotes 6-1 to clinch the series four games to three. The Eastern Conference’s Game 7 featured the Montreal Canadiens upsetting the President’s Trophy Capitals and winning the series four games to three as well.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: ROUND 2
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Pittsburgh (4) vs. Montreal (8) – Canadiens win series 4-3
GAME 1: Pittsburgh went 4-for-4 on the power play to take control of Game 1 and beat the Canadiens by a final of 6-3. Forward Sidney Crosby added two assists for the Penguins, who got goals from six different skaters to win the series opener…GAME 2: The Canadiens evened the series at one game apiece, thanks to 38 saves from goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who continued his strong postseason performance. Montreal won by a final of 3-1 and also got two goals from forward Michael Cammalleri and the Canadiens were able to stifle the Pittsburgh power play after yielding four goals in Game 1…GAME 3: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fourth career postseason shutout to lead Pittsburgh to a Game 3 victory. The shutout marks the first time since 1983 that the Canadiens have been shutout on home ice in the postseason since 1983...GAME 4: Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak rebounded after giving up two goals on Pittsburgh first three shots to save the final 32 shots the Penguins threw at him to help the Canadiens win Game 4 by a final of 3-2 and knot the series at 2 games apiece. Montreal forwards Maxim Lapierre and Brian Gionta scored 1:33 apart in the third period to put the Canadiens ahead for good... GAME 5: With the series tied at two games apiece, Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 32 shots from the Canadiens for a 2-1 win to place defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins within one win of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series, which the Pens now lead 3-2, shifts back to Montreal for Game 6 on Monday night. Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar had a goal and an assist to pace the Penguins, while defenseman Kris Letang notched a goal to open the scoring... GAME 6: Mike Cammalleri notched two goals (giving him a league best 11 in the postseason) to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Pens in Montreal and cut the series deficit to 3-2. Montreal opened the scoring 1:13 into the first period, but the Pens fought back to a 2-1 lead with goals from Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang. The Habs would not go down lightly, as they rallied behind Jaroslav Halak’s 34 saves to stay alive in the series... GAME 7: Montreal opened the scoring just 32 seconds into the game on a power play goal by Brian Gionta after Sidney Crosby was called for boarding ten seconds into the game. The Habs then scored three unanswered goals, including a shorthanded tally by Travis Moen. Mike Cammalleri scored his league-high 12th goal of the postseason and Gionta notched his second of the game to seal Montreal’s 5-2 victory in Pittsburgh and send the never-say-die Canadiens into the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 17 years.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMINFINALS
Vancouver (3) vs. Chicago (2) – Blackhawks win series 4-2
GAME 1: Vancouver got 36 saves from goaltender Roberto Luongo to take Game 1 by a final of 5-1. Vancouver got goals from five different skaters and managed to control most of the game. Canucks forward Mason Raymond had a goal and an assists while Ryan Kesler added two assists…GAME 2: Trailing 2-1 going into the third period, Chicago got 3 goals in the final frame to come back and tie the series by a final of 4-2. Defenseman Brent Seabrook had a goal and assist for Chicago and forward Kris Versteeg added a goal and an assist as the series shifts back to Vancouver... GAME 3: Kris Versteeg tallied the first of two Chicago first period goals, before Dustin Byfuglien snuck three goals past Roberto Luongo (all assisted by Jonathan Toews) for his first career playoff hat trick, en route to the Blackhawks’ 5-2 win over the Canucks. Antti Niemi made 31 saves, stopping all 16 shots fired on him in the first... GAME 4: Captain Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick off of three power play goals and notched two assists to finish off the night with five points, tying a Blackhawks’ record for points in a playoff game (Stan Mikita ’73, Steve Larmer ’90) and leading the ‘Hawks to a 7-4 victory... Toews now leads the league in playoff scoring with 18 points (one point head of Sidney Crosby and Johan Franzen)... GAME 5: Kevin Bieksa scored twice (and notched an assist) and Luongo made 29 saves to pace the Canucks to a 4-1 do-or-die victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago. Up 3-0 after three periods, the only shot that Luongo and Vancouver could not stop was a Jonathan Toews tip-in, giving the captain 19 points in the playoffs...GAME 6: Exactly one year ago from Tuesday, May 11, the Blackhawks eliminated the Canucks in six games to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Exactly 365 days later, they managed to do the very same thing. Chicago sent Vancouver home for the summer with a 5-1 victory to close out the series in six games and advance to play San Jose in the Western Conference Finals. Antti Niemi stopped 29 of Vancouver's 30 shots and Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist to pace the Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews added an assist to bring his postseason total to a league-leading 20 points. Roberto Luongo gave up five goals in Game 6 after giving up seven in last year's deciding game.
San Jose (1) vs. Detroit (5) – Sharks win series 4-1
GAME 1: San Jose set a postseason franchise record by scoring three goals in just 1:19 to open the scoring in the first and carried that momentum to a 4-3 Game 1 win. San Jose forward Joe Pavelski scored two goals in the contest and added an assist. Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk recorded two assists in the losing effort...GAME 2: San Jose forward Joe Pavelski added two more goals for the Sharks as they were able to come from behind and beat the Red Wings by a final of 4-3 to extend their series lead to 2-0. Shark goaltender Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves and forward Dany Heatley recorded three assists in the win…GAME 3: Trailing 3-1 going into the third period, San Jose stage a comeback to tie the game and got the game-winner in overtime to win by a final of 4-3. Shark forward Patrick Marleau scored at 7:07 of the first overtime to complete the comeback and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Forward Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and an assist for Detroit, who gave up a two-goal lead on home ice for first time in 61 games...GAME 4: Detroit forward Johan Franzen scored a 2010 postseason high four goals and added two assists for a total of six points to lead the Wings past the Sharks by a final of 7-1 to stave off elimination. The Sharks will try to close out the series in Game 5 at home on Saturday night... GAME 5: With a chance to close out Detroit, Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner at 6:59 of the third period to eliminate the Red Wings and advance to the Western Conference Finals, their first trip since 2004. Forward Joe Thornton tallied a goal and an assist in the win. Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves for San Jose to preserve the 2-1 series clinching victory.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: ROUND 1
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
Washington (1) vs. Montreal (8) – Montreal wins series 4-3
GAME 1: Jaroslav Halak turned away 45 shots from the regular season President’s Trophy Caps and held Alex Ovechkin to zero shots in the Canadiens’ 3-2 overtime victory in Washington, with Tomas Plekanec scoring the game-winner... GAME 2: Trailing 4-1 after Andrei Kostitsyn’s hat trick, the Capitals staged a comeback to win the game 6-5 in OT, thanks to Ovechkin’s four points (1g, 3a) and Niklas Backstrom’s hat trick which included the GWG in OT... GAME 3: Halak let in three goals on six shots in the second, as Washington took a 4-0 lead into the third and defeated Montreal 5-1 with eleven different point-getters and Eric Fehr notching the only multiple-point night (1g, 1a)... GAME 4: Entering the third period tied 2-2, the Caps slid four third period goals past Carey Price on 20 shots for a 6-3 victory, thanks in part to goals 52 seconds apart from Ovechkin and Jason Chimera... GAME 5: With the Caps up 3-1 in the series, Montreal held off a second period Ovechkin goal that brought the Caps within one and pulled out a 2-1 win in Washington, thanks to first period goals by Travis Moen and Mike Cammalleri and Halak’s 37 saves… GAME 6: Facing elimination yet again, the Canadiens took a 2-0 first period lead with back-to-back goals from Cammalleri and Halak turned away 53 shots from the Caps to secure a 4-1 victory and force a Game 7... GAME 7: Jaroslav Halak made 41 saves and the Canadiens blocked 41 shots from the Capitals to complete the upset of the top-seeded Capitals and advance to the second round. Montreal got goals from Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dominic Moore to close out the series by a final of 2-1.
New Jersey (2) vs. Philadelphia (7) – Flyers win series 4-1
GAME 1: Brian Boucher turned away 23 shots as the Flyers scored two goals off 14 shots for a 2-1 victory, with the game-winning tally coming from Chris Pronger... Philadelphia went the entire game without a penalty called on one of its forwards... GAME 2: Zach Parise topped off a two-point night with an assist on Dainius Zubrus’ game-winning goal in the third for the Devils’ 5-3 win in which the Parise-Zubrus-Patrik Elias line combined for two goals and six points... GAME 3: Daniel Carcillo scored the game-winner for Philly’s 3-2 OT win, as the Flyers yielded just 19 shots and only four in the third and OT combined... GAME 4: Ilya Kovalchuk opened the scoring with his second goal of the series, but the Flyers scored the next four goals to claim a 4-1 victory, getting scores from Danny Briere and Daniel Carcillo to go along with Jeff Carter’s two... GAME 5: Philly got two goals and an assist from Claude Giroux and a goal from Danny Briere as they won 3-0, sending the Devils home in first round for their third straight year... Boucher recorded his second postseason shutout, his first since 2000.
Pittsburgh (4) vs. Ottawa (5) – Penguins win series 4-2
GAME 1: Despite third period goals that brought Pitt within one, Ottawa held on for the 5-4 win with the help of playoff first-timers Peter Regin and Erik Carlsson’s goals and Brian Elliott’s 17 saves... GAME 2: Pitt won 4-2 as Kris Letang scored the game-winnner and Sidney Crosby led the way for the Pens with five shots on net, 68% faceoff percentage, three hits, two points (assist on Letang’s goal, game-tying goal) and a Patrice Bergeron
-esque save when the puck nearly crossed Fleury’s goal line… GAME 3: Alexei Ponikarovsky notched his first postseason goal in six years while Crosby and Bill Guerin each tallied an assist and a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 of 22 shots in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win… GAME 4: The Pens secured a 7-4 win led by Crosby, who continued his strong postseason performance with a game-high four points… the game saw eight second period goals, with five from Pittsburgh and three from Ottawa… GAME 5: Ottawa pulled out a 4-3 triple-overtime victory, thanks to Pascal Leclaire’s 56 saves and Matt Carkner’s shot from the point that deflected past Fleury in OT… Crosby added another postseason goal and assist… GAME 6: Despite a 3-0 Ottawa lead and two-point nights from Daniel Alfredsson and Matt Cullen, Pittsburgh rallied to a three-goal comeback with the help of two Matt Cooke backhanders to force OT, where Pascal Dupuis secured the series clincher.
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
San Jose (1) vs. Colorado (8) – Sharks win series 4-2
GAME 1: Chris Stewart scored the game-winner with 49.3 seconds remaining and goaltender Craig Anderson turned away 25 shots in regulation to lift the Avs past the Sharks 2-1… GAME 2: Joe Pavelski slipped the puck past Craig Anderson with 32 seconds left in regulation to force OT and San Jose tied the series on a power play goal by Devin Setoguchi 5:22 into overtime to beat Colorado 6-5…GAME 3: Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson stopped all 51 shots the Sharks threw at him in the Avs’ 1-0 overtime victory and Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle mistakenly put in an own goal to give Colorado the victory…GAME 4: The Sharks got the game-winner at 10:24 of the first overtime period from forward Joe Pavelski and Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov turned away 33 of 34 shots from the Avalanche in the 2-1 win…GAME 5: Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov recorded his seventh career postseason shutout, turning away 28 Avalanche shots in the process. Sharks’ rookie forward Logan Couture had two goals in the contest, his first career postseason points as San Jose earned the victory 5-0…GAME 6: San Jose closed out the series against the Avs by the score of 5-2 after getting two goals from forward Joe Pavelski. The Sharks limited Colorado to just 18 shots in the clincher to advance to the second round.
Chicago (2) vs. Nashville (7) – Blackhawks win series 4-2
GAME 1: Nashville rallied with a four-goal third period to overcome a 1-0 deficit and got 25 saves from goaltender Pekka Rinne to win 4-1…GAME 2: Antti Niemi stopped all 23 Nashville shots for his first career playoff shutout and Patrick Kane added a goal to give Chicago the 2-0 victory to even the series…GAME 3: Despite Tomas Kopecky’s power play goal for Chicago that tied it up at one with 2:25 left in the first, the Predators scored three straight goals to win the game 4-1 and take a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks…GAME 4: Chicago forward Patrick Sharp scored his first two goals on the postseason to pace the Blackhawks and Antti Niemi recorded his second shutout of the postseason by stopping 33 Nashville shots to earn a 3-0 victory…GAME 5: Marian Hossa redeemed himself from a boarding penalty in overtime to score the game-winner and defeat Nashville 5-4. The Blackhawks set up overtime by scoring shorthanded with 13.6 seconds left on forward Patrick Kane’s rebound goal...GAME 6: Patrick Sharp scored a goal and added two assists in the series clincher to help the Blackhawks win by a final of 5-3. Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi turned away 25 shots in the victory. Chicago will move on to play Vancouver in the second round.
Vancouver (3) vs. Los Angeles (6) – Canucks win series 4-2
GAME 1: Vancouver’s Mikael Samuelsson, a former Stanley Cup Champion (2008 with Detroit), recorded his second goal of the game at 8:52 of the first overtime to give the Canucks a game one win by a score of 3-2 on home ice. Samuelsson’s goal was set up by Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo’s save on Los Angeles defenseman Jack Johnson in the overtime period, when Johnson appeared to have an open net to shoot at...GAME 2: Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick turned away 24 of 26 Vancouver shots in the win by a final of 3-2 and Kings forward Anze Kopitar had two assists in the contest to go along with the game-winning overtime goal 7:28 into the extra frame. Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty logged 32:56 of ice time to lead all skaters and he also set up the game-winning overtime goal with his lone assist of the contest...GAME 3: The Kings a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play in the contest, getting two power play goals from forward Michal Handzus and another from defenseman Drew Doughty to win by a final of 5-3. GAME 4: Vancouver forward Mikael Samuelsson netted his fifth goal of the postseason to get the scoring going in the third and forward Henrik Sedin scored the game-winner with just 2:52 remaining. Goaltender Roberto Luongo made 22 saves, including two key ones in the third period to help preserve the victory by a final of 6-4...GAME 5: Vancouver forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Steve Bernier scored two goals apiece as Vancouver routed the Kings by a score of 7-2 to gain the advantage in the series. Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 24 shots to preserve the victory...GAME 6: Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo made 30 saves and Daniel Sedin scored the game-winner at 17:57 of the third period to give the Canucks the 4-2 win and close out the series, advancing the Canucks to the second round.
Phoenix (4) vs. Detroit (5) – Red Wings win series 4-3
GAME 1: Ex-Bruin Derek Morris had 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) including the game winner as the Coyotes rallied to defeat the Wings. The GWG came on the power play 2:19 into the third period and led to Morris’ first three-point game in more than three years as the Coyotes prevailed 3-2...GAME 2: Henrik Zetterberg scored his first playoff hat trick in the third period, including the game-winner with 6:06 left, to lift the Wings over the Coyotes and tie the series at one game apiece before heading to Detroit. Valterri Filppula had two goals and an assist and Pavel Datysuk finished with one goal and six hits in the win. Jimmy Howard had 27 saves to take game 2 by the final of 7-4...GAME 3: Coyotes Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist, while Martin Hanzel and Matt Lombardi each registered two assists in the victory and Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov turned away 29 shots to take game 3 by a final of 4-2...GAME 4: Henrik Zetterberg scored twice to lead to the Red Wings to a victory over the Coyotes by a final of 3-0. Pavel Datsyuk notched his second goal and third point of the playoffs and Jimmy Howard made 29 saves for his first career playoff shutout...GAME 5: Detroit’s rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to lead the Red Wings and give them a 3-2 series advantage heading into game 6. Detroit got goals from four different skaters to get the victory by a final of 4-1...GAME 6: The Coyotes got 31 saves from goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and goals from five different skaters to force a game 7 in Phoenix by the final of 5-2. Goaltender Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for Detroit in the losing effort...GAME 7: Detroit’s star players stepped up and played big in the game 7 victory for the Red Wings as Henrik Zetterberg had three assists and Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom each scored two goals as the Red Wings eliminated Phoenix by a final of 6-1 and advanced to the second-round.