Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Recap - 4/18
Playoff Game 3: Penguins 3 vs. Lightning 2
Penguins lead the series 2-1.
The Pittsburgh Penguins survived the Tampa Bay Lightning power play once again by scoring 3 even strength goals to earn a 3-2 win in Tampa Bay.
For the third straight game, the Penguins lost the special teams battle – going 0 for 2 on the PP while giving up 2 PP goals to Martin St. Louis.
The Penguins power play has been a serious problem all season and this has not changed in the playoffs. Their penalty kill has also struggled since Matt Cooke’s suspension. These areas need to be improved upon immediately.
The Penguins have carried the play at even strength but their undisciplined play has allowed Tampa Bay to stay in each and every game.
Kris Letang had a monster game at both ends of the ice as did Martin St. Louis.
PIT GOAL 05:46 Maxime Talbot (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: B. Lovejoy (1)
PIT GOAL 06:31 Arron Asham (2): Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Rupp (1) & K. Letang (2)
TBL GOAL 15:19 PPG – Martin St Louis (2) Backhand – Assists: S. Gagne (4) & S. Stamkos (1)
TBL GOAL 02:12 PPG – Martin St Louis (3): Wrist Shot – Assists: V. Lecavalier (1) & E. Brewer (3)
PIT GOAL 02:43 Tyler Kennedy (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: K. Letang (3) & B. Orpik (3)
3rd Star: Marc-Andre Fleury (25 saves, Sv% .926)
2nd Star: Martin St. Louis (2 PPG)
1st Star: Kris Letang (2 assists)
Playoff Game 3: Flyers 4 vs Sabres 2
Flyers lead the series 2-1.
The Flyers have turned away from rookie Sergei Bobrovsky after only 2 games and have shifted the starter’s workload to the veteran Brian Boucher. Bobrovsky has struggled in two postseason games so far, as he did the second half of the season, and has been replaced by Boucher.
Last year’s playoff hero for Philadelphia, Michael Leighton, dressed as the second goalie proving that Bobrovsky has probably seen his last playoff action of the season.
Unlikely heroes for both teams stepped up in this game even though Buffalo came out on the short end.
AHL scoring leader among defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani had 2 assists and now leads Buffalo in post season scoring with 4 points.
After the injury to Andreas Nodl allowed him to return to the lineup, Nikolay Zherdev scored the game winning goal despite only skating 8:14 seconds.
Zherdev, a healthy scratch for much of the year, got his first career playoff point in his 8th career game.
PHI GOAL 04:42 PPG – Jeff Carter (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Carle (3)
BUF GOAL 11:55 PPG – Drew Stafford (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: J. Pominville (2) & M. Gragnani (3)
PHI GOAL 02:44 Danny Briere (2): Snap Shot – Assists: S. Hartnell (2)
PHI GOAL 16:44 Nikolay Zherdev (1): Tip-In – Assists: M. Richards (1) & K. Versteeg (2)
BUF GOAL 18:12 Nathan Gerbe (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: T. Connolly (2) & M. Gragnani (4)
PHI GOAL 19:42 EN – Kimmo Timonen (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: C. Giroux (2) & J. Carter (1)
3rd Star: Brian Boucher (35 saves, Sv% .946)
2nd Star: Marc-Andre Gragnani (2 assists)
1st Star: Nikolay Zherdev (1 goal)
Playoff Game 3: Bruins 4 vs. Canadiens 2
Canadiens lead the series 2-1.
Boston scored 1 goal in the first two games of the series but exploded in this game with 4 goals.
Boston scored 2 goals in the first period thanks to David Krejci and Nathan Horton and added a third early in the 2nd thanks to a goal by deadline acquisition Rich Peverley.
Montreal crawled within 3-2 on goals from Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec but Chris Kelly iced the game away with an empty net goal.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara returned to action after missing Game 2 with dehydration. He assisted on the second goal of the game.
Montreal goalie Carey Price allowed a goal after a very casual play handling the puck.
BOS GOAL 03:11 David Krejci (1): Snap Shot – Assists: P. Bergeron (1) & D. Seidenberg (1)
BOS GOAL 14:38 Nathan Horton (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: Z. Chara (1) & A. McQuaid (1)
BOS GOAL 02:02 Rich Peverley (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Recchi (2)
MTL GOAL 07:03 Andrei Kostitsyn (1): Backhand – Assists: M. Cammalleri (2) & R. Hamrlik (2)
MTL GOAL 04:08 Tomas Plekanec (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Cammalleri (3) & P. Subban (1)
BOS GOAL 19:34 EN – Chris Kelly (1): Wrist Shot – Assists: M. Recchi (3) & P. Bergeron (2)
3rd Star: Mike Cammalleri (2 assists)
2nd Star: Andrei Kostitsyn (1 goal)
1st Star: Patrice Bergeron (2 assists)