National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules
(Saturday, May 18th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brendan Smith netted the game-winning goal late in the second period, part of a four-goal burst which lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks to even this Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. Damien Brunner, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula also lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who recovered nicely following Wednesday's series-opening 4-1 loss. Henrik Zetterberg posted two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots for the win. Patrick Kane registered the lone goal and Corey Crawford made 26 saves for the Blackhawks, who saw their eight-game win streak against Detroit ended. Game 3 shifts to Joe Louis Arena on Monday.
Final Score: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Once again, the San Jose Sharks used home ice to their benefit to get back into their series with the Los Angeles Kings. Logan Couture scored the deciding goal on the power play 1:29 into overtime as the resilient Sharks bounced back from a potentially deflating defeat two nights prior with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of this Western Conference semifinal. The Sharks fell into an 0-2 hole against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings after Los Angeles put up two power-play goals within a 22- second span over the final two minutes to pull out a 4-3 triumph in Thursday's Game 2, but regained their own scoring touch on the man advantage while feeding off the crowd at HP Pavilion, where San Jose went 17-2-5 during the regular season. Dan Boyle also tallied on the power play, a situation where the Sharks went 0-for-7 in dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, while Antti Niemi turned aside 26-of-27 shots in the critical win. Tyler Toffoli potted the lone goal for the Kings, who received 38 saves from Jonathan Quick but were ultimately doomed by a pair of penalties late in regulation. Game 4 of this best-of-seven set will take place Tuesday at HP Pavilion.
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