Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 6

The Detroit Red Wings take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Phoenix Coyotes Monday night. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Phoenix Coyotes Monday night. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 7 Buffalo Sabres
GAME 3: PHI 4 – BUF 2

BUFFALO -The biggest surprise came hours before the game when Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette decided on Brian Boucher as the starter and Michael Leighton as the backup, sending Sergei Bobrovsky to sit in the box. The move paid off as Boucher shined and helped backstop the Flyers to a 4-2 win and a 2-1 series lead over the Sabres.

The home crowd tried to fuel their team, but to no prevail. The Flyers came out strong in the opening half of the first period and took the 1-0 lead off a power-play goal from Jeff Carter. Drew Stafford answered back on the power play at 11:55 of the first. Former Sabre Danny Briere gave the Flyers back the lead and Nikolay Zherdev, in his first game of the postseason, gave them a 2-goal cushion. It was short lived as just 88 seconds later, Nathan Gerbe brought the Sabres back within one.

Kimmo Timonen sealed the game with an empty-net goal.

The Flyers’  defensive pairing of Braydon Coburn and Timonen was a combined plus-6 on the night. Buffalo’s Marc-Andre Gragnani continues his point streak, having at least one point in every game of the series.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

SERIES: 2-1 Philadelphia

No. 3 Boston Bruins at No. 6 Montreal Canadiens
GAME 3: BOS 4 – MTL 2

MONTREAL – The Bruins finally found their offense Monday night when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period and tallied another in the beginning of the second. The three goals by the Bruins, scored from David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley, were more for the team than the first two games combined.

The Canadiens weren’t going to go quietly, though, as they came back to claw within one off of goals from Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec. The Canadiens peppered Tim Thomas and out-shot the Bruins 15-6 in the third period.

Chris Kelly added the empty-net goal.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 2-1 Montreal

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning
GAME 3: PIT 3 – TBL 2

TAMPA – The Penguins struck twice just 45 seconds apart early in the game from Max Talbot and Arron Asham. Martin St. Louis scored near the end of the first and again in the third – both on the power play – to tie the game. However, 31 seconds later, Tyler Kennedy gave the Penguins the lead back for good.

Two plays occurred in the game, both of which should be reviewed by the league. Steve Downie laid a massive hit on Ben Lovejoy behind the Tampa net. It is apparent Downie left his feet, but it is tough to determine if any contact was made with the head. Chris Kunitz, on the other hand, elbowed Simon Gagne in the head. It is clear Kunitz extended and led with his elbow. Both Lovejoy and Gagne remained in the game.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 2-1 Pittsburgh

No. 3 Detroit Red Wings at No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes
GAME 3: DET 4 – PHX 2

PHOENIX – The Coyotes had to play catch-up only 2:41 into the game after two quick tallies from Ruslan Salei and Drew Miller gave the Red Wings an early 2-0 lead. Valtteri Filppula cashed in 2:50 into the second and the Coyotes struggled to get in the game. Detroit continued it’s trend of scoring early in the third with Johan Franzen‘s goal a mere 45 seconds in.

The Coyotes were able to pot two power-play goals from David Schlemko and Ray Whitney, but it wasn’t enough as the Red Wings now have a 3-0 series stranglehold on the Coyotes.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.

SERIES: 3-0 Detroit

EAST:

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

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

3. Boston Bruins – 1
6. Montreal Canadiens – 2

4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 2
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 – 3
6. Phoenix Coyotes – 0

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

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