For the first time in four years, two Stanley Cup Playoff games went into double overtime. The visiting team went home with a win in both cases.
In New York, the Washington Capitals
rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Rangers 4-3, while Pittsburgh's James Neal
disappointed more than 20,000 fans in Tampa when he scored 3:08 into the second OT to give the Penguins a 3-2 win.
The Detroit Red Wings
became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals when they beat Phoenix 6-3 to complete a four-game sweep.
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Johansson comes up big
With Mike Knuble
out with an injury, the Washington Capitals
needed other players to step up. As Corey Masisak
reports, one of those players was rookie Marcus Johansson
, who scored a pair of Knuble-like goals to key Washington's comeback win in New York.
The other was veteran forward Jason Chimera
, who rebounded from a disastrous second-period shift to score the game-winner.
Gaborik takes the blame
ended his playoff scoring drought with one of New York's three second-period goals, but wound up being in the wrong place at the wrong time on the play that wound up costing the Rangers in double overtime. Dave Lozo
Fourth line shines for Penguins
With no Sidney Crosby
or Evgeni Malkin
, offense is a communal effort for the Pittsburgh Penguins
, who got some much-needed production from their fourth line in Wednesday's 3-2 double-OT win in Tampa. Mike G. Morreale
led the NHL with 50 regular-season goals. As John Manasso
reports, he's producing in the postseason as well -- including the game-winner in Anaheim's series-tying 6-3 win at Nashville.
Pominville a perfect co-star
was the star of Buffalo's 1-0 win against Philadelphia in Game 4 on Wednesday night, but Jason Pominville
earned at least co-star billing with the game's only goal. Jeremy Sandler
was among those who talked to Pominville about his winning goal and the series against the Flyers.
Coyotes disappointed at getting swept
The Phoenix Coyotes
had high hopes for their first-round rematch against Detroit, but they ended up as the first team eliminated from the postseason following a four-game sweep. Jerry Brown
explains where things went wrong against the Red Wings.
Canucks not worried about Game 4 loss
The Vancouver Canucks
were walloped 7-2 by Chicago in Game 4 of their playoff series. But they're still up 3-1 as they go home for Game 5, and Dhiren Mahiban
reports that they wasted little time putting the Game 4 loss behind them.
Kings regroup after devastating loss
The Los Angeles Kings
spent Wednesday trying to regroup after Tuesday's devastating 6-5 overtime loss to San Jose -- a game they led 4-0 after less than 21 minutes of playing time. Curtis Zupke
reports on how coach Terry Murray
is working to get the Kings ready for Game 4 on Thursday.
Help from Halpern
The Montreal Canadiens
have been getting clobbered in the faceoff circle, so as Arpon Basu
reports, they'll be delighted to welcome back veteran forward and faceoff ace Jeff Halpern
for Thursday's game against Boston.