One win is all that separates the Vancouver Canucks
from their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 17 years.
After the Canucks got three 5-on-3 goals in short order and four assists from Henrik Sedin
in Sunday's 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks
, they took a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals heading back to British Columbia.
The Canucks have struggled to close out series, going 2-4 in the first two rounds against the Blackhawks and Predators, but they'll get their first chance to dispose of the Sharks when Game 5 takes place Tuesday at Rogers Arena (9 p.m., Versus, CBC, RDS).
Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins
return home to TD Garden for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning
on Monday night (8 p.m., Versus, CBC, RDS). The back-and-forth series is tied 2-2, making for a pivotal battle in Beantown.
Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Salo steps up for Canucks
Vancouver lost a pair of key blueliners in Game 3 -- including Christian Ehrhoff
, one of the top offensive defensemen in the game. Sami Salo
took charge in Game 4, however, scoring a pair of power-play goals 16 seconds apart in the middle period. Dave Lozo examines the importance of Salo in the Canucks' victory
Sedin works his magic
Any talk about the Sedin twins being shut down has disappeared as the Western Conference Finals have unfolded. Henrik Sedin
showed off his skills Sunday in a dazzling array of passing plays, setting up all four goals by the Canucks. Dan Rosen reports on the reigning MVP's big afternoon
Sharks have backs to wall
San Jose had played the first two rounds from in front, never trailing in a series. But the Sharks have been chasing the Canucks since this series began and, as Eric Gilmore explains
, now must win three straight elimination games or fall short of the Stanley Cup Final once again.
Bruins regroup after stunner
A three-goal first-period lead in Game 4 had Boston poised to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, but it was all Tampa Bay over the final 40 minutes. Now the Bruins must find a way to regain the momentum. Shawn Roarke has the scoop
on their focus heading into Monday night.
Malone paying the price
He's been overshadowed by some of the surprise scorers on the Lightning this postseason, but Ryan Malone
's physical play against Zdeno Chara
on Saturday could have changed the course of the Eastern Conference Finals. Corey Masisak takes a look at what the veteran forward has meant to the Tampa Bay cause
Coaching carousel ready to spin
Five teams -- Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ottawa -- currently have coaching vacancies, and there are big names such as Ken Hitchcock and lesser-knowns like Kevin Dineen
and Gerard Gallant
who could be waiting to fill them. Adam Kimelman gives the coaching carousel a spin
and gives us a view of the possible candidates who could be next in line for an NHL coaching gig.