Sabres 4, Bruins 1
has been one of, if not the, hardest workers on the Sabres in the series and his efforts were rewarded late in the first period when he took the puck away from Boston's Vladimir Sobotka
just inside the Bruins' blue line. Derek Roy
picked up the loose puck and threaded a pass to Jason Pominville
, who fought off a checker and tucked the puck inside Tuukka Rask
's left post to send the Sabres to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.
Canadiens 2, Capitals 1
Montreal's newly formed Cup line of Brian Gionta
, Travis Moen
and Scott Gomez
-- all former Stanley Cup winners -- put on a great, down-low cycle to cash in on the winning goal. Gionta wound up drawing a second defender to him when he was behind the net with the puck and Moen found open space in the slot. He got the pass, switched to his backhand and flipped the puck inside the left post.
Canucks 7, Kings 2
While killing a 5-on-3 power play for the Kings, Alex Burrows showed just how overrated a stick can be. The Canucks' forward blocked a Jack Johnson
shot from the point that broke his stick. Still, Burrows clogged the shooting lane up top, and when the puck found him near the blue line, he went to his belly and gloved it out of the zone. The Canucks killed the 5-on-3 and subsequent 5-on-4 and maintained their 4-1 lead late in the second period.
Red Wings 4, Coyotes 1
Simple hockey is winning hockey, and no one knows it better than the Red Wings, who scored the winning goal by having three players do their jobs perfectly. It started with Pavel Datsyuk
winning an offensive-zone draw to the right of Ilya Bryzgalov
and getting the puck back to Nicklas Lidstrom
at the left point. Rather than blindly blasting away, Lidstrom concentrated on getting the puck on net -- and he did. Bryzgalov made the stop, but couldn't find the puck. Tomas Holmstrom
outbattled Adrian Aucoin
for position in front and found the puck in time to slide a little backhander into the open net with 8:51 remaining to break a 1-1 tie. It was all Detroit for the rest of the night.