(Tuesday, April 22nd)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - It was 21 years ago the last time the Montreal Canadiens swept an opponent in a playoff series. It was also 21 years ago that the storied franchise won its last Stanley Cup. Thanks to Max Pacioretty's goal with 42.6 seconds to play, Montreal finished off a convincing four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The last sweep by Montreal in the postseason occurred during the 1993 Adams Division finals, when the team took down Buffalo on the way to winning its 24th championship. It was also the last time a Canadian team hoisted the chalice, and if it is to happen this year, it would have to be the Canadiens as they are the only representatives of the country left in this year's chase. Brendan Gallagher, Danny Briere and Lars Eller all scored, while Carey Price stopped 20 shots for the Canadiens, who will now have a lengthy break to prepare for their semifinal matchup. Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman all scored for the Lightning, who had grabbed home ice from the Canadiens on the final day of the season, but it didn't help as the team was swept for the first time in franchise history. Anders Lindback, who was called upon to be the starting goaltender in the series as Ben Bishop suffered an upper- body injury late in the season, struggled again as he gave up three goals on 20 shots and was lifted in the second period. Kristers Gudlevskis gave up just the one goal on 17 shots in relief.
Final Score: Boston 3, Detroit 0
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins silenced the Detroit crowd with a 3-0 victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Rask made 23 saves to record his fourth career shutout in the playoffs for the Bruins, who have won two straight since a 1-0 loss in Game 1. Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which won at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since March 11, 2007. Jimmy Howard stopped 31-of-33 shots for the Red Wings, who went 0-for-3 on the power play. Game 4 is set for Thursday.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin St. Louis and Dan Girardi each notched a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots, and the New York Rangers regained control of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday. Much like the previous game, the Rangers raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Flyers sliced the margin in half heading into the first intermission. Philadelphia went on to score three more times to take Game 2 by a 4-2 margin and even this best-of-seven set at one game apiece, but Lundqvist made sure Tuesday's lead held up, turning aside all 20 shots he faced over the final 40 minutes to stifle any hopes of another Philadelphia comeback. Derek Stepan and former Flyer Daniel Carcillo supplied New York's other goals, while Rick Nash recorded a pair of assists in the victory. Mark Streit scored the lone marker for the Flyers, who saw Ray Emery allow four goals on 20 shots before being pulled with just over seven minutes left in the third. Emery made his third straight start in place of No. 1 goaltender Steve Mason, who made three saves in a surprise relief appearance. Mason wasn't expected to dress for the game as he continues to recover from an upper-body injury, but was named Emery's backup just hours before the game started. The Flyers will look to even the series in Game 4 on Friday.
Final Score: San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Marleau scored 6:20 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks took a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series. With the win, the Sharks took a 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series with a chance to close it out on Thursday in Los Angeles. On the deciding goal, the puck was bouncing around in the Los Angeles end and Marleau wound up with it on his stick. Throwing a backhand on net from the left circle, it tipped off the stick of Slava Voynov and fooled Jonathan Quick to end the game. Tomas Hertl, Matt Nieto and Brent Burns all scored for the Sharks, who got 28 saves from Antti Niemi in the victory. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll each lit the lamp for the Kings, who saw Quick turn aside 36 shots in defeat.
04/23 01:42:00 ET