Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk made 21 saves in the, 1-0, loss to the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Dubnyk wasn't himself in Games 1 and 2, allowing seven goals on 58 shots in those two games. He was much better in Game 3, but Minnesota's offense has vanished. Corey Crawford probably has something to do with that.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped all 30 Wild shots in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals for his fourth career postseason shutout. Chicago won, 1-0.
Insight: This was by far Crawford's best game of this postseason. He seems to be finding his groove as Crawford has allowed just one goal in the last seven periods. He has a .957 save percentage in the series. Chicago leads, 3-0.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves on 22 shots in Game 3 versus the Capitals, but it wasn't enough as Washington edged New York, 1-0.
Insight: The only goal Lundqvist allowed was a bad angle shot taken from Jay Beagle. The Capitals center just put the puck on goal from behind the net, and it bounced off Lundqvist's stretched out skate and into the net. Lundqvist is 5-3 with a .934 save percentage this postseason, but Washington leads the series, 2-1.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday.
Insight: Washington needed every single one of those saves, winning, 1-0. That was Holtby's first shutout of the postseason. He has allowed just four goals in the first three games versus the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Holtby is 5-4 with a .942 save percentage this postseason. Washington leads New York, 2-1, in the series.
Holtby made 31 saves in the, 2-1, victory. He also helped the Capitals kill two penalties. Washington has not allowed a power-play goal in eight playoff games this spring. Washington has a, 1-0, series lead.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed six goals for the first time this season as Montreal defeated Tampa Bay, 6-2, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: None of the goals were Price's fault. Tampa Bay had some incredible passes, which led to wide open nets and unsavable chances. Montreal's defense was awful, and the team continued to take penalties and put Price in bad situations. Tampa Bay went 4-for-8 on the man advantage in the game. Price finished the game with 18 saves on 24 chances.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had an outstanding Game 1 versus the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.
Insight: Holtby made 31 saves in the, 2-1, victory. He also helped the Capitals kill two penalties. Washington has not allowed a power-play goal in eight playoff games this spring. Washington has a, 1-0, series lead.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist played well in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Capitals, but he allowed a bad goal that cost New York the game.
Insight: With 1.3 seconds left, Joel Ward slipped the pick right below Lundqvist's pad to win, 2-1. Ward was wide open right in front of the net, but Ludnqvist usually stops that shot. Capitals take a, 1-0, series lead.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek allowed just one goal in the Game 7 loss to the Lightning on Wednesday.
Insight: Mrazek only had to make 15 saves, but that wasn't enough as Tampa Bay scored on a one-timer in the third period to win. Mrazek had no chance to make the save. Tampa Bay added an empty-net goal and won, 2-0. Surely, the media will begin speculating what will happen to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock this offseason.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Red Wings as Tampa Bay won, 2-0.
Insight: It was only the second time Detroit outshot Tampa Bay in the series, and the Red Wings nearly doubled the Lightning's shot total, 31-16. Bishop also appeared nervous to start the game, but he and his team settled down. With the shutout, Tampa Bay wins the series and advances to the next round to face the Montreal Canadiens.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford saved the day in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals as he replaced Scott Darling in the first period and stopped all 13 shots he faced, and Chicago won, 4-3.
Insight: Nashville jumped on Scott Darling in the first period, scoring three of the first four goals in the game, but Crawford came on and the Blackhawks settled down. After falling behind, 2-0, Chicago tied the score, 3-3, at the end of the first period. Duncan Keith's goal late in the third won Game 6 and the series. Chicago won the series, 4-2, and will play the winner of the Blues versus the Wild in the next round.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek recorded his second shutout of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals as Detroit beat Tampa Bay, 4-0, in Game 5 on Saturday.
Insight: Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced. Even with the hiccup in Game 3 where Mrazek allowed four goals on 18 shots, he has posted a .940 save percentage and 1.91 GAA. Detroit leads the series, 3-2.
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak had his best game of the series in Game 6 to help New York strave off elimination, beating Washington, 3-1, on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Halak made 38 saves on 39 shots in what could be the final game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders will have to win Game 7 on Monday in order to ensure more home games. Halak has a .913 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA in the series.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a solid Game 6, but Washington only scored once as the New York Islanders won, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Holtby made 35 saves on 37 chances, but it wasn't enough as his counterpart, Jaroslav Halak, only allowed one goal. The final New York goal was an empty-netter. Holtby is 2-3 in the series, but he has allowed just two goals in the last 58 shots he has faced. Game 7 is on Monday.
Description: Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack gave up three goals in seven shots during Gamr 4 of the series with Calgary and will not start Game 5.
Insight: Lack is 1-3 in the playoffs with a 3.03 GAA and .886 save percentage. The Canucks will go with the veteran in Game 5. Ryan Miller will get the call. Miller was 29-15-1 this season with a 2.53 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller played for the first time this postseason on Tuesday, stopping all 15 shots he faced in the final two periods of Game 4 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Flames and will get the start on Thursday in Game 5.
Insight: He replaces Eddie Lack. Miller has a career 27-26 playoff record with a 2.47 GAA and .916 save percentage, most of which was when he played for the Sabres.
Description: Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 45 saves, but it wasn't enough in the triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference on Tuesday.
Insight: Rinne was excellent in overtime, but Nashville was able to beat Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling. On the game-winning goal, Rinne was screened and had no chance to stop the shot. Nashville returns home for Game 5 trailing in the series, 3-1.
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made 50 saves in the, 3-2, triple overtime victory over the Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: The game lasted into the early part of the morning as Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning one minute into triple overtime. Chicago really took over this game in the third period, and as a result, Darling only made five saves in the period, but he stopped 20 shots in overtime. He is 3-0 with a .969 save percentage in the series.
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller played for the first time this postseason on Tuesday, stopping all 15 shots he faced in the final two periods of Game 4 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Flames.
Insight: It wasn't enough, however, as Calgary won, 3-1. All the scoring took place in the first period. Miller replaced starter Eddie Lack, who allowed three goals on seven shots. With the Flames ahead in the series, 3-1, it will be interesting to see who the Canucks start in Game 5 on Thursday.
Description: Flames goalie Jonas Hiller continued his strong play in the Western Conference Quarterfinals as he stopped 28-of-29 shots in Game 4, and Calgary beat Vancouver, 3-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Hiller has been one of the best goaltenders through the first half of the postseason's first round. He is 3-1 with a .938 save percentage in four games. Calgary will have a chance to clinch the series victory on Thursday.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop continued his inconsistent play in the postseason as Tampa Bay dropped Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Bishop had a rough Game 1 but responded with a very strong Game 2 to even the series. In Game 3, Bishop allowed two goals on 20 shots to post a .900 save percentage. He has a .897 save percentage in the series, and Detroit leads, 2-1.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves in the, 3-0, victory over the Lightning on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: There was a little bit of debate whether Detroit should stick with Mrazek or switch to Jimmy Howard, who played the third period of Game 2. Coach Mike Babcock made the right choice to stick with Mrazek as he picked up his first career postseason shutout. The underdog Red Wings lead the series, 2-1.