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Playoff Roundup - April 16

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Throughout the NHL playoffs, LAKings.com will provide updates to each match up, documenting the most popular highlights, snippets from social media, and other happenings every Monday and Thursday of each week.

EASTERN CONFERENCE


THE SERIES: ISLANDERS LEAD 1-0

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders opened up their series Wednesday night at the Verizon Center; it was the first NHL postseason game to be played. The Islanders spoiled the party in Washington, downing the Capitals 4-1.

Brock Nelson paved the way for New York, burying the Islanders' first goal midway through the first period, and tacking on an empty-netter with just over a minute to play.




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After being eliminated by the Rangers in the playoffs last year, the Penguins cleaned house - firing their head coach and GM, and just barely qualified for the postseason with a win in their final regular season game. New York won the Presidents' Trophy, but are more concerned with acquiring what they failed to do last season - the Stanley Cup.

The Rangers went 3-0-1 against the Penguins during the regular season, but the teams haven't seen each other since January 18. Despite not having seen each other for close to four months, there surely will be no love lost between these two Metropolitan Division opponents.




THE SERIES: TIED 0-0

The Detroit Red Wings are playing in their 24th consecutive postseason; the Pittsburgh Penguins are a far-behind second having qualified for 9 straight seasons. Detroit, though, is without Johan Franzen indefinitely, and they are choosing to start backup goaltender Petr Mrazek against Tampa Bay's highly potent offense.

Tampa Bay scored the most goals in the NHL during the regular season, posting a mark of 3.16 GPG. Steven Stamkos, who led the Lightning with 72 points (43G, 29A) said of Detroit: "They know how to win at this time of year. We need to play smart."




THE SERIES: CANADIENS LEAD 1-0

Whoo boy, did the opening game of this series churn out some major headlines or what. The Canadiens held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3, but not without some major drama. Montreal's P.K. Subban slashed Ottawa's Mark Stone during the first period, causing the Senators' rookie to suffer a microfracture to his right wrist.

Subban was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct, and was not happy about it. It is unclear whether or not Mark Stone will be able to play for the duration of the series. Stone racked up 64 points (26G, 38A) in 80 regular season games.

Game 2 should be fun!


WESTERN CONFERENCE


THE SERIES: FLAMES LEAD 1-0

The opening tilt of this Pacific Division battle looked to have overtime written all over it, until Calgary's Kris Russel whistled home a slap shot from the point to give the Flames a 2-1 lead with only 30 seconds left in regulation.




THE SERIES: TIED 0-0

#WeAreAllJets


THE SERIES: BLACKHAWKS LEAD 1-0

Chicago pulled off a stunner Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena, overcoming a three-goal first period deficit, beating the Predators 4-3 in double overtime. Corey Crawford was pulled after the first in favor of Scott Darling - who stopped all 34 shots he faced in 67:44 minutes in net.


Oh...and the Predators gave out these helpful signs to their fans...




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