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Playoff Roundup - April 23

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: TIED 2-2

There was a scary moment in Game 4 of this series when Washington's Brook Orpik took a skate blade to the face. Thankfully, he was stitched up and returned to the game.

Fortunataly for Orpik and the Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom wristed home the OT game-winning goal to even the series at two games apiece, reclaiming home ice advantage.

Unfortunately for Orpik though, he got a beer thrown on him after the game.

Never change, Long Island.


THE SERIES: RANGERS LEAD 3-1

After winning Game 2 at Madison Square Garden, evening the series and claiming home ice advantage, the Penguins dropped two straight games on home ice at the Consol Energy Center.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!



THE SERIES: RED WINGS LEAD 2-1

Detroit is not to be taken for a joke in this series. Aside from Game 2, they've subdued Tampa Bay's high-powered offense, even with backup goaltender Petr Mrazek. Steven Stamkos has yet to score a goal in the series.

Pavel Datsyuk has been his same old self...

The Red Wings returned home to Joe Louis Arena, stunning the Lightning with a 3-0 win. Mrazek stopped all 22 shots he faced; Riley Sheahan scored his first NHL playoff goal.

But where's the octopus?


THE SERIES: CANADIENS LEAD 3-1

The Senators live to play another day. Finding themselves down 3-0 in the series after suffering a pair of devastating OT losses, they eeked out a 1-0 win in Game 4 to send the series back to Montreal. Craig Anderson dropped a 28-save shutout performance, and Mike Hoffman netted the game-winner with 10 minutes left in regulation.


WESTERN CONFERENCE


THE SERIES: FLAMES LEAD 3-1

Calgary has pushed the Canucks to the brink after winning both of their games on home ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Johnny Gaudreau netted his first NHL playoff goal in the Flames' Game four win...

And...there's still no love lost between these two clubs

Ryan Miller will be in net for the Canucks for Game five; Eddie Lack allowed three goals on seven shots and was pulled after the first period in Game four. Lack surrendered four goals as well in Game three.



THE SERIES: DUCKS WIN 4-0

Winnipeg put up a valiant effort, but the Anaheim Ducks pulled off the series sweep, eliminating the Jets from postseason play. One of the side stories to this series were Winnipeg's raucous fans - who gave the Jets a chilling standing ovation following their Game four loss:


They even...wha???

And...your goal of the playoffs thus far comes off the stick, and the hands of Emerson Etem.

#NEVERFORGET




THE SERIES: BLACKHAWKS LEAD 3-1

The Blackhawks have had some luck during overtime in this series, winning Game one in 2OT, and Game four in 3OT. The Blackhawks are sticking with Scott Darling, who made an astonishing 50 saves in Chicago's most recent win.

Pekka Rinne hasn't been half bad either when his equipment isn't busy eating pucks.

The dagger?




THE SERIES: TIED 2-2

Vladimir Terasenko has five goals in this series. Wow.

Pray for Devan Dubnyk and Minnesota's defense

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