With the exception of one game which featured a nice goaltender battle, the other two featured goaltenders suffering from monumental collapses. At least this is only game 3 for each team. Sometimes all you need is a wake up call to get back into the series.
Buffalo 1 @ Boston 2 – After letting in a weak opening goal to Mike Grier, Tuukka Rask proved once again that the Maple Leafs always come out on the losing end of trades with Boston. The Bruins netminder 32 saves and Mark Recchi turned back the clock to give Boston their first series lead of the post-season. Dennis Wideman and Patrice Bergeron both lit the lamp behind Ryan Miller and that was all the offense that was needed for the win. As expected, this series is anything but an offensive showcase but its Rask that’s unexpectedly outplaying Miller so far.
Boston leads the series 2-1
Washington 5 @ Montreal 1 – Finally, the series we were all expecting is kicking off. Washington dominated the game completely as they took their first lead of the first round series. After a scoreless first period, Washington lit up the Habs for four unanswered, chasing Jaroslav Halak after the first three. From there, Montreal self-destructed. They took a series of stupid penalties which robbed them of any chance to get back in the game. Well, bad penalties and Simeon Varlamov’s 26 save performance cemented the win for the Caps.
Washington leads the series 2-1
Vancouver 3 @ Los Angeles 5 – It’s the first time the Kings participated in a playoff game at home in 8 years and they certainly made the game count. The Canucks may have had an early lead thanks to a goal from Mason Raymond, but it quickly fizzled thanks to a few penalties. Canadian defensive phenom Drew Doughty had a big night contributing 1 goal and 3 assists in the win. To make things even better, he was a part of LA’s perfect 3 for 3 on the powerplay during the night. Luongo also had a lackluster night for Vancouver as he let in 4 goals after facing 16 shots. Meanwhile Jonathan Quick stopped 25 for 28 in the win. Looks like the Canucks really could work on that penalty kill if they want to stay in this series.
Los Angeles leads the series 2-1
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Tuukka Rask (Boston) – 32 saves
2. Drew Doughty (Los Angeles) – 1 goal, 3 assists
3. Brooks Laich (Washington) – 1 goal, 1 assist
Phoenix at Detroit – PHX leads 2-1 (TV: TSN)
Pittsburgh at Ottawa – PIT leads 2-1 (TV: CBC, Versus)
New Jersey at Philadelphia – PHI leads 2-1 (TV: TSN2)
Chicago at Nashville – Series tied 1-1 (TV: TSN, Versus)
San Jose at Colorado – COL leads 2-1 (TV: CBC, Versus)