Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 5

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves Sunday en route to the New York Rangers' first win of the series. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves Sunday en route to the New York Rangers’ first win of the series. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 New York Rangers
GAME 3: WSH 2 – NYR 3

NEW YORK – It was a back-and-forth in goal scoring, but the Rangers were able to come out on top and get their first win of the series.

Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky each scored for the Rangers and was the first goal of the playoffs for all three as well. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble scored for the Capitals.

Though they won the game, the Rangers were only able to convert on one of the seven power plays. They also out-hit the Capitals 41-29.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 2-1 Washington

No. 4 Anaheim Ducks at No. 5 Nashville Predators
GAME 3: ANA 3 – NSH 4

NASHVILLE – The Predators have taken control of the series as they won, 4-3, over the Ducks and take a 2-1 series lead.

The first period was all Nashville as Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo scored to give them a 2-0 lead, but the Ducks took it back in the second as they scored two, both from Teemu Selanne.

David Legwand gave the Predators the lead back, but Matt Beleskey tied it again 1:23 later. Mike Fisher, however, gave the Predators their third lead of the game, and this time it would hold up.

Nashville out-shot Anaheim 37-16 in the game.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

SERIES: 2-1 Nashville

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks at No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks
GAME 3: VAN 3 – CHI 2

CHICAGO – The defending champions are put in a stranglehold after losing the third straight game and falling into a 3-0 hole.

The Blackhawks could only muster goals on the power play as Roberto Luongo was able to shut them out even strength. Duncan Keith opened the scoring and the Blackhawks were able to hold a 1-0 lead into the second.

The Canucks took over the lead after two goals in the second from Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin a mere 54 seconds apart. The Blackhawks weren’t giving in as Patrick Sharp scored his first of the playoffs 1:43 later to tie the game.

Mikael Samuelsson had the final say as he scored the lone goal in the third to give the Canucks the win.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at 8 p.m.

SERIES: 3-0 Vancouver

EAST:

1. Washington Capitals – 2
8. New York Rangers – 1

2. Philadelphia Flyers – 1
7. Buffalo Sabres – 1

3. Boston Bruins – 0
6. Montreal Canadiens – 2

4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 1
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 1

WEST:

1. Vancouver Canucks – 3
8. Chicago Blackhawks – 0

2. San Jose Sharks – 1
7. Los Angeles Kings – 1

3. Detroit Red Wings – 2
6. Phoenix Coyotes – 0

4. Anaheim Ducks – 1
5. Nashville Predators – 2

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