A long layoff certainly didn't have a negative effect on the Tampa Bay Lightning
on Saturday night.
Playing for the first time in 10 days, the Lightning dominated for much of the night and earned their eighth straight victory in a 5-2 win against the Boston Bruins
in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.
The participants in the Western Conference Finals won't be nearly as well rested when their series starts Sunday -- Vancouver has been off since Monday, but the San Jose Sharks
didn't arrive in British Columbia until Saturday after eliminating Detroit Thursday night.
With Round 3 now under way, here's your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Seguin tallies goal, assist in postseason debut
A healthy scratch for the first two rounds of the playoffs, Boston's prized rookie, Tyler Seguin
, finally cracked the lineup and tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Shawn Roarke spoke with Seguin
after the game.
Role players come up big again for Lightning
Tampa Bay's role players continued to be a theme Saturday night as Sean Bergenheim
scored his League-leading eighth goal of the playoffs in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Corey Masisak has the latest
Kaberle: 'We know we are better in here'
had an eventful night for the Boston Bruins
. Unfortunately, little of what the Bruins defenseman did turned out well in Saturday's 5-2 series-opening loss to Tampa Bay at TD Garden. Shawn Roarke reports from TD Garden
Bergenheim tallies eighth goal in 5-2 win
continues to be one of the biggest surprises of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With his tally Saturday night, the former New York Islanders
forward now has 8 goals in 12 games after scoring only 14 in 80 regular-season contests. Corey Masisak spoke with Bergenheim
after Tampa Bay earned a 5-2 win.
Sharks put past behind them
Back in the Western Conference Finals for a second straight year, the San Jose Sharks
aren't about to dwell on how they fared in last year's showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks
. Dhiren Mahiban reports from Vancouver
that it's full-steam ahead for the Sharks, who face the Canucks in Game 1 at Rogers Arena on Sunday night.
Niemi leads Sharks into conference finals
One year after helping the Blackhawks beat the Sharks en route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1961, Antti Niemi
is now the No. 1 goaltender in San Jose. He's also still yet to lose a playoff series, as he enters the Western Conference Finals 6-0. Dan Rosen reports
Boogaard's death hits Canucks hard
Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis
played three seasons of junior hockey with late New York Rangers
forward Derek Boogaard
. They were together with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League from 1999-2002. On Saturday, Hamhuis was still trying to cope with the fact that his friend is no longer with us. Dan Rosen has the latest
Change produce results for Luongo
has changed a lot this season, from his goalie coach and positioning to his leadership role on the Vancouver Canucks
-- and as a result, he's in a position he's never been in before. Dhiren Mahiban spoke with Luongo
, who is about to participate in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in his career.
Sedins deal with pressure to produce
While the Vancouver Canucks
have reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1994, the pressure hasn't exactly faded. That includes star forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin
, who combined for only 7 points in Round 2 against Nashville. Dan Rosen reports
Wings optimistic about their future
Two days after being ousted in a classic seven-game series against the San Jose Sharks
, the Detroit Red Wings
were still picking up the pieces. Brian Hedger spoke with several Wings players
in Motown on Saturday.
Lidstrom mulls whether to play next season
Will Nicklas Lidstrom
return for another campaign with the Detroit Red Wings
? The 41-year-old told Brian Hedger he plans on taking his time
before making a decision.