From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 5 May 2011

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NHL Playoff Coverage

Washington Capitals 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 5 Game 4 – Lightning sweep series

It would be penalty trouble for the Capitals that would lead to the Lightning taking the lead. Washington’s captain Alex Ovechkin would sit for two minutes after being assessed a charging penalty that would lead to a power play goal from Ryan Malone.

Late in the period the Capitals would get their chance on the power play after Lightning’s Nate Thompson was penalized for goaltender interference. It would me Marco Sturm with his first of the post season to tie the game for Washington.

With a tie game to start the second period lightning would strike twice in the form of Sean Bergenheim to give Tampa a two goal lead over Washington just halfway though the game.

Just over a minute after Bergenheim’s second goal Washington’s John Erskine would net his first of the post season as he put an unassisted wrist shot past Dwayne Roloson to bring the Capitals within one.

Up by one to start the third period it would be a penalty to Capitals Marco Sturm that would give the Lightning the man advantage early in the period. It would be a slap shot on the power play from Marc-Andre Bergeron to regain the Lightning’s two goal lead over the Capitals.

It would be Martin St. Louis with his sixth of the post season that would but Tampa up 5-2 over Washington with just over three minutes remaining the game.

A last minute effort from the Capitals lead to a slap shot goal from rookie defenseman John Carlson to bring the game within two goals, but it would not be enough to keep the series alive.

The Tampa Bay Lightning rolled over their division rivals (and conference leaders) in four games to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Philadelphia Flyers 1 Boston Bruins 5 Game 3 – Bruins lead series 3-0

It only took 28 shots on goal for the Bruins to once again defeat the Flyers.

It took a mere 30 seconds into the game before Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was finally able to net his first of the post season, putting a slap shot past Sergei Bobrovsky. Only 33 seconds later it was David Krejci with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 Bruins with just over a minute ticked off the game clock.

The second period would start off with a fight between Flyers Sean O’Donnell and Bruins Nathan Horton. The fight would fail to rally the Flyers as it would be Boston’s Daniel Paille with his first of the post season to make it 3-0 and then Horton would make it 4-0 for the home town Bruins.

Andrej Meszaros would put the Flyers on the score board with minutes left in the second.

Third period would see Chara score a second slap shot goal to make it five total for Boston after Flyers saw both Braydon Coburn and captain Mike Richards head to the penalty box.

San Jose Sharks 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 OT Game 3 Sharks lead series 3-0

After putting 41 shots on goal the Red Wings will still fall to the Sharks at home.

For the third straight game in the series penalty problems plagued the Red Wings. A hi-sticking penalty to Darren Helm would lead to a power play goal from Sharks Devin Setoguchi to give San Jose the lead in Detroit.

In the final minute of the first period it would be Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom with a power play goal of his own to tie the game before heading to intermission.

Detroit would claim the lead after Patrick Eaves would go backhand on Antti Niemi only to see Setoguchi score a second power play goal after Brian Rafalski would be called for interference to tie the game back up at two.

Setoguchi would be called for holding late in the second that would give the Red Wings the man advantage that would see Pavel Datsyuk score the go ahead goal off of a wrist shot for Detroit.

With the Red Wings up by one going into the third period it would be a snap shot from Dan Boyle to tie the game at three. If there is ever a good time to score your first of the post season that was probably it. Boyle’s goal ended up forcing the game into overtime where Setoguchi would score his third for a hat trick and earn the Sharks a 3-0 lead over the Red Wings in the series.

Up into the Netting

Wednesday’s IIHF Worlds Results
Denmark 3 Latvia 2
Austria 0 Norway 5
Finland 1 Czech Republic 2
Sweden 6 USA 2

Today’s IIHF Lineup
Slovenia vs. Latvia
Belarus vs. Austria
Russia vs. Denmark
Switzerland vs. Norway

Swiss player passes out after a hit from Dion Phaneuf at Worlds:

Speaking of Worlds… it looks like Alexander Ovechkin will be joining Team Russia.

According to the San Jose Sharks Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom has played in every Sharks/Red Wings post season game dating back to 1994 – that’s five difference series.

The City of Glendale has reportedly paid the NHL $25 million to help cover the losses by the Phoenix Coyotes this year.

New York Rangers Michael Del Zotto underwent sports hernia surgery but should be ready for training camp.

Today’s Playoff Lineup

Vancouver Canucks at Nashville Predators
Game 4; Canucks lead series 2-1
8:30 p.m. EST on Versus, CBC, RDS

Monica McAlister
An avid hockey lover that grew up in Michigan and lived in the Washington D.C. area while going school for Sports Management. Volunteer with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA); and follows as much SM-liiga and Elitserien as possible along with the vast array of North American leagues.

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