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Playoff Roundup - April 20

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 2-1

The teams split the first two games in Washington before the series shifted to Long Island for Game 3. The Islanders came out hard after letting Game 2 slip away; Johnny Boychuck played an inspired game, registering four shots, five hits, and four blocked shots.

John Tavares slipped the game-winning goal past Brayden Holtby 15 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead.

Alex Ovechkin has been held to just one point (1G) through the first three games of this series.


THE SERIES: TIED 1-1

After dropping the first game of the series, the Penguins were able to get their offense going in Game 2 with a 4-3 win; the series now shifts to Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby finally got on the board in Game 2, netting a pair of goals in the Penguins' win.




THE SERIES: TIED 1-1

Unlike the opening game of this series, the Detroit Red Wings couldn't subdue Tampa Bay's potent offense in Game 2, falling 5-1 to the Lightning, the franchise's first postseason win since the 2011 Eastern Conference Final.

Petr Mrazek was pulled in favor of Jimmy Howard in the late stages of Game 2; the Red Wings are expected to stick with their 23 year-old goaltender in Game 3 when the series shifts to Joe Louis Arena.





THE SERIES: CANADIENS LEAD 3-0

What has arguaby been the most exciting first round series, has also now become the one with the largest win differential. The Senators have dropped two straight games in OT, and must now win four straight games to survive and advance.

Ottawa has scored the first goal in all three of the games played this series, and have held a one-goal lead entering the third period of each game.

Unsung hero Dale Weise buried the game-tying goal with just over five minutes left to play in regulation in Game 3, then went on to net the game-winner just under nine minutes into OT.

He was...after all, traded for Cameron Diaz. So you've got to get home output, right?

Play nice!


WESTERN CONFERENCE


THE SERIES: CANUCKS LEAD 2-1

Whoah...

WHOAH! That's Brad Richardson...winning a fight!

Well, there was a full on line-brawl during the final minutes of Game 2 of this lovely series. Calgary's coach received a $50k fine, 132 penalty minutes were awarded. The Flames pulled out a 4-2 win in Game 3, lead the series 2-1.


THE SERIES: DUCKS LEAD 2-0

The Jets blew a pair of third period leads in the opening two games of this series in Anaheim, and are coming off of a crushing 2-1 loss that saw Jakob Silvferberg net the game-winner with 19 seconds left in regulation.

Winnipeg will be hosting their first postseason game since 1996 for Game 3 Monday night. Let's hope that gives them a boost for a game they desperately need.


#WeAreAllJets



THE SERIES: BLACKHAWKS LEAD 2-1

Corey Crawford has not been good, but the Blackhawks are hanging onto a 2-1 series lead thanks to the solid play of backup Scott Darling.

The Predators will have to win on the road in Chicago to tie the series; there won't be any catfish throwin' for good juju.




THE SERIES: TIED 1-1

Vladimir Terasenko notched his first career hat-trick in Game 2 to help lead the Blues to a 4-1 win to even the series.

Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk may have the quirkiest save of the postseason thus far...

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