It was a great night to be a road team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
All three visiting teams went home with victories in Thursday night, though the effects are different for each one.
Boston's 5-4 OT win at Montreal pulled the Bruins even at 2-2 in a series that has seen the road team win all four games. Chicago stayed alive again with a 5-0 rout of the Canucks in Vancouver, forcing a Game 6 on Sunday. San Jose moved one win away from a trip to the second round with a 6-3 win at Los Angeles.
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With defense partner Brent Seabrook
sidelined with an injury, Duncan Keith
has stepped up big-time for the Blackhawks. Dan Rosen
discusses the impact of Keith's 4-point night in the Hawks' big win at Chicago.
Heat's on Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks
entered Game 4 of their series against Chicago never thinking they'd have to go to a sixth game. But as Dhiren Mahiban
reports, that's exactly what they're facing after Thursday's 5-0 loss.
Kings look for answers on D
The Los Angeles Kings
were one of the NHL's best defensive teams during the regular season. But they've sprung leaks in the last two games of their series against San Jose -- and as Curtis Zupke
notes after a 6-3 loss in Game 4, they'd better find some answers fast.
Habs seek road-ice advantage
The Montreal Canadiens
let Game 4 against Boston get away. John Kreiser
writes that the Canadiens are hoping the "road-ice" advantage that has prevailed in the series lasts for another game.
Roy nearing return?
The Buffalo Sabres
have been without their leading scorer, Derek Roy
, for nearly four months. Adam Kimelman
reports that while Roy isn't expected back unless the Sabres make it at least to the second round, he's skating and the timetable could be moved up.
Wideman glad to be skating again
Washington is one win away from advancing to the second round, even though they've been playing without defenseman Dennis Wideman
, who's sidelined with a leg injury. Corey Masisak
reports that Wideman is happy to be back on skates, though there's no timetable set for his return.
Wings welcome some time off
The Detroit Red Wings
are about to savor the rewards of their sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes
– more than a week between games. Jerry Brown
reports that the rest will be more welcome to some Wings than others.
First goal crucial
While home ice hasn't been a very good predictor of success so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, getting on the scoreboard first has led to a victory more than 80 percent of the time. John Kreiser
delves into that and other interesting statistics from the first round.