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2011 NHL Playoff Coverage
Boston Bruins 5 at Montreal Canadiens 4 (OT) (Game 4)
Series tied 2-2
The Montreal Canadiens would put 38 shots on goal but that would not be enough to take a 3-1 head in the series over the Bruins.
Things looked good for the home team as Brent Sopel put a slap shot past Tim Thomas in the first to see the home team take early control of the game.
The second period would see an early goal from Bruins Michael Ryder to tie the game at one.
Michael Cammalleri would put a wrist shot past Thomas followed by a tip-in goal from Andrei Kostitsyn less than a minute later to put Montreal up 3-1 over Boston before the halfway point in the game.
Minute after the Kostitsyn goal Andrew Ference would put a slap shot past Corey Price to bring the Bruins within one of the Canadiens; while Patrice Bergeron would net a late goal to tie the game before heading off for the second intermission.
An early penalty to Bergeron for hooking in the third would lead to a power play goal from P.K. Subban to give the Habs the lead at home.
The Canadiens would keep the lead over the Bruins until Chris Kelly would tie the game at four late in the game to force the game into overtime.
It would take less than two minutes into the extra time for Bruins Michael Ryder to put a wrist shot past Price and the Bruins would win both games in Montreal.
The teams head back to Boston for game 5 with the series tied 2-2.
Chicago Blackhawks 5 at Vancouver Canucks 0 (Game 5)
Canucks lead series 3-2
Here come the Hawks.
Vancouver put 36 shots on goal but that was not enough to phase Blackhawks rookie net minds Corey Crawford as he shut out the President’s Trophy winning Canucks.
It took only 16 seconds before the first penalty was called in the game when Chicago’s Brian Campbell was penalized for cross checking setting the tone of the game early. The first goal would come on the power play for the Blackhawk after Tanner Glass would get an interference call and Marian Hossa would score his first of the playoffs giving the visiting Hawks the early lead in Vancouver.
Only 24 seconds after the Hossa goal it would be Duncan Keith with a slap shot that would get past Roberto Luongo to give Chicago a 2-0 lead just over six minutes into the game.
Canucks Alexander Edler would take a holding penalty that would put the Blackhawks back on the power play for the third time in the period; and lead to the first goal of the post season for Patrick Kane.
Starting the second period with a 3-0 lead over the hometown Canucks the Blackhawks wasted no time as Hossa scored his second les than a minute and a half into the period and see Cory Schneider replace Luongo in net. It would only take a few minutes after the goalie swap that Duncan Keith would once again follow up Hossa’s goal with a slap shot to give Chicago the 5-0 lead in Vancouver.
The second period would end with Chicago’s Troy Brouwer asses a two minute slashing penalty along with a fight major; while Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa would get two minutes for roughing along with the fighting major and see Maxim Lapierre assessed a misconduct.
San Jose Sharks 6 Los Angeles Kings 3 (Game 4)
Sharks lead series 3-1
The Sharks would attack again in LA and take the series back to San Jose now with a 3-1 lead in the series.
It would take until almost four minutes into the second period for the first goal to be scored in the game; but Sharks Ryane Clowe would do just that as he would put a wrist shot past Kings Jonathan Quick.
Just minutes after Clowe gave the Sharks the lead Jason Demers would double the lead for San Jose and would see Los Angeles take a four minute hi-sticking penalty shortly after that would lead to a power play goal from Clowe to make it 3-0 for the Sharks nearing the halfway point in the game.
After eleven minutes exactly passed in the second the Kings would get on the scoreboard when Brad Richardson would put a wrist short past Antti Niemi; followed a few minutes later by Justin Williams to cut the Sharks lead down to a goal before heading off for the second intermission.
Joe Thornton would increase the Sharks lead to two goals less than two and a half minutes into the third and see Joe Pavelski increase it to a 5-2 lead less than a minute later when he would tip-in a shot from Dan Boyle.
Torrey Mitchell would give the Sharks their sixth goal of the night when he tipped-in a shot from Kyle Wellwood. Minutes later Alexei Ponikarovsky would tip in a shot from Jack Johnson to cut the Sharks lead in half but it would not be enough to keep the Sharks for taking a 3-1 lead in the series.
Up into the Netting
Yesterday the NHL announced the three finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:
Loui Eriksson – Dallas Stars
Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit Red Wings
Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Tomorrow the NHL will announce the three finalist for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the top goaltender.
Anaheim Ducks < Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for one game by the league for his hit on Nashville’s Martin Erat.
Stu Siegel is raising money for Alzheimer’s and could use your help. On May 5-7 he will be in Toronto for the Scotiabank Pro-Am Hockey for Alzheimer’s.
Colin Campbell speaks out about his thankless job.
Tonight’s NHL Playoff Lineup
Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers
Game 5; Series tied 2-2
7:30 p.m. EST on TSN and Versus (joined in progress)
Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks
Game 5; Series tied 2-2
Time TBD on TSN