Three different first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs could have come to an end Sunday, but only one did thanks to a pair of overtime wins by clubs facing elimination.
In Chicago, the Blackhawks kept alive their bid to become only the fourth NHL team ever -- but the second in as many years -- to come back from an 0-3 deficit as rookie Ben Smith
scored in overtime for a 4-3 win over the Canucks, sending the series back to Vancouver for a seventh and deciding game. The Flyers and Sabres will also go the distance, after Ville Leino
's OT tally in Buffalo gave Philadelphia a 5-4 win. Meanwhile, in Nashville, the Predators completed the first playoff series win in franchise history with a pair of Nick Spaling
goals for a 4-2 win over the Ducks, whom they ousted in six games.
Monday's schedule features Game 6 in a pair of series where the home team went down 3-1 and avoided elimination by winning its last game in hostile territory. The Lightning and Kings will now try to force a seventh game with a second straight win against the Penguins and Sharks, respectively.
Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List for a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Rookie netminder keeps his cool
The first three starts of Corey Crawford
's postseason career didn't go as planned, but the rookie wasn't flustered. And as Dan Rosen reports
, he's been front and center in the Blackhawks' resurgence, including an overtime win Sunday to force a seventh game.
No panic in Canucks -- yet
In danger of joining an infamous club most recently frequented by the 2010 Bruins, players inside the Vancouver dressing room after Game 6 were talking a good game. Brian Hedger examines
whether the Canucks really should be worried.
Tootoo more than just energy
It hasn't always been an easy road for Predators forward Jordin Tootoo
, who is probably best known around the NHL for his hits and willingness to mix things up. However, John Manasso looks at
how Tootoo made his impact on Nashville's first-ever series win with his playmaking ability.
Boucher steps up in big spot
It's been a goalie carousel for the Flyers during their series with the Sabres, but one game after getting pulled Brian Boucher
came on in relief to save Philadelphia's season. Jeremy Sandler conducts a Q&A
with the veteran netminder.
Sharks sticking with Niemi
He's been pulled from two of his first five playoff starts with San Jose -- but Antti Niemi
already has a Stanley Cup ring and he still retains the No. 1 job with the Sharks. As Eric Gilmore explains
, Niemi has a history of bouncing back from poor performances.
Penguins expecting to rebound
Pittsburgh's 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 wasn't its first postseason dud in recent years. The Penguins are 7-1 in playoff games following a loss of three goals or more, and Alan Robinson notes
they expect to regroup behind goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
in Game 6 on Monday.
Making the most of opportunity
Over the first six seasons of his NHL career, Nathan Horton
never got to taste the playoffs as a member of the Florida Panthers
. Now getting a chance with the Boston Bruins
, he's proving that the wait was worth it, Shawn Roarke reports