The Montreal Canadians put away the Tampa Bay Lightning last night with a 4-3 nail bitter of a victory to complete their 4-0 series sweep of the Lightning. It was a tough game for Tampa Bay, who got off to a rough start defensively. Their goaltender Anders Lindback did not give them a chance to win. He got pulled after allowing three goals which put them in a 3-1 hole against a Montreal Canadians team that was so stingy on defense. Even so, the Lightning overcame adversity and battled back to tie up the game at three. In goal, Kristers Gudlvenkis had done such an excellent job in relief by not letting Montreal score a goal. Until the refs made a questionable call that put the Canadians on the power play where Max Pachioretty got out of his slip by sniping one five hole with forty seconds remaining. This goal proved to be the game winner, sending the Tampa Bay Lighting to the golf course. As for the Montreal Canadians, they will face the winner between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Redwings.
The Bruins blanked the Redwings 3-0 last night in game three to bring home ice advantage back to Boston, and gain a 2-1 series lead. Doggie Hamilton, Jordan Caron scored for Boston. The Bruins also got an empty netter from Patrice Bergeron. The Detroit Redwings offense was solid, but Tukah Rask sparkled in goal.
Just a couple of states southeast from Michigan, the Philidelphia Flyers were taking on the New York Rangers. The Flyers had just gotten home ice advantage after beating the Rangers 4-2 in game two in New York. The story was different in game three in Philidelphia. The Rangers brought home ice advantage back to New York with a 4-1 beat down of the broad street bullies. The New York Rangers top line of Derick Stephan, Carl Haglen, and Martian St. Louis had a very strong game that night. This line was creating all sorts of opportunities by skating fast, making crisp tape to tape passes, and getting quality shots on net. The second line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards, and Mats Zucarello were strong along the boards and won most of their puck battles which was an excellent contributing factor for the New York Rangers.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the LA Kings 4-3 in overtime. Patrick Marleau potted the overtime winner for the Sharks to give San Jose a 3-0 series lead. The Kings were strong and they gave the Sharks everything they had. However, the relenlesnes of San Jose lead the Sharks to victory. The Kings will be on the golf course by friday if they lose this game four on thursday. Leaders like Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown are going to have to step up