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Playoff Roundup - May 11

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 SEMIFINALS


THE SERIES: TIED 3-3

In the late stages of Game 5 of this series, the New York Rangers' season seemed to be all but over. Down in the series 3-1, facing a one goal deficit with less than two minutes to play in regulation, the Rangers pulled some late-game magic to keep their season alive.

Just as New York motioned to pull Henrik Lundqvist for a desperation extra-attacker, Chris Kreider netted the game-tying goal to push the game to overtime.


Mmmm...
In Game 6 back in Washington, New York staved off elimination once again, winning the game 4-3, forcing the series to a Game 7. The Rangers' Chris Kreider was back at it again, scoring two first period goals, including a buzzer-beater to give New York a two-goal lead in a game they eventually won.

Alexander Ovechkin has some bold thoughts leading into Game 7...



THE SERIES: LIGHTNING LEAD 3-2

Have the Montreal Canadiens woken up? After losing all six regular season matchups against Tampa Bay, and dropping the first three games of this series, Montreal has finally solved (for now) the Lightning.

The Canadiens clung to life with a 6-2 win in Game 4, finally breaking through Ben Bishop.



Montreal's Game 5 victory didn't come with as much ease, however. Tied 1-1 with less than five minutes to play in regulation, P.K. Subban set up P.A. Parenteau for the game-winning goal, sending the series back to Tampa Bay for Game 6.
This could get more intense than Thunderbug on an episode of Jerry Springer!



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WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS


THE SERIES: BLACKHAWKS WIN 4-0

The Chicago Blackhawks had no troubles handling the Minnesota Wild, eliminating them in a four-game sweep. Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks to their third straight trip to the Western Conference Final, racking up six points (5G, 1A) in the series.

The entire Minnesota Wild team combined for just two more goals all series than Patrick Kane himself.

The series win didn't come without any losses, though. Michal Rozsival's ankle took a nasty turn in Game 4, resulting in a fracture. The Balckhawks' veteran defenseman is out indefinitely.



THE SERIES: DUCKS WIN 4-1

Unfortunately Scorch wasn't available as a minor-league call up...


A Southern California team will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final again this season, albeit not the Kings.

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