Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 7

Patrick Sharp and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks were able to stave off elimination for at least one more game. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Patrick Sharp and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks were able to stave off elimination for at least one more game. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks at No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks
GAME 4: VAN 2 – CHI 7

CHICAGO – The Canucks had the chance to exact revenge on the Blackhawks and sweep out the defending Stanley Cup champions, but the Blackhawks found all the brooms and locked them in the closet of the United Center.

The game started the same as Sunday with the Blackhawks jumping out to a 1-0 lead from a Bryan Bickell shot just 1:43 in, but the Canucks tied the game on a power-play goal from Sami Salo.

The floodgates opened in the second period as the Blackhawks showed they would not go down without a fight. They scored four unanswered goals in the second period from Brian Campell, Duncan Keith (17 seconds after Campbell), Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik. Patrick Sharp tallied two power-play goals in the third before Daniel Sedin gave the Canucks their second goal.

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was pulled after allowing the sixth goal from Sharp.

In his first game back from injury, Bolland tallied a goal and 3 assists. Nicklas Hjalmarsson, Bickell, Bolland, Campbell and Frolik were all a plus-4 for the Blackhawks.

The top line of the Sedin twins and Alex Burrows were a combined minus-8.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at 10 p.m.

SERIES: 3-1 Vancouver

No. 2 San Jose Sharks at No. 7 Los Angeles Kings
GAME 3: SJS 6 – LAK 5, OT

LOS ANGELES – Most would think a 4-goal lead in a playoff game would be pretty safe, but ask the Kings and they will tell you otherwise.

The Kings jumped to a 2-0 lead just 2:39 off Willie Mitchell and Kyle Clifford goals and eventually built up a 4-0 lead 44 seconds into the second from Michal Handzus and Brad Richardson. Antti Niemi was yanked after Richardson’s goal in favor of Antero Niittymaki and suddenly it all changed.

San Jose’s Patrick Marleau, Ryane Clowe and Logan Couture each tallied a goal to bring the Sharks within one.

Ryan Smyth gave the Kings back a 2-goal lead 15 seconds later, but the Sharks weren’t about to roll over. The stormed back in the final 1:25 of the second period with goals from Clowe and Joe Pavelski to tied the game.

Niittymaki and Jonathan Quick stopped 9 and 5 shots, respectively, in the third period to keep it all even.

Devin Setoguchi was the Sharks hero of the night with his goal 3:09 into the first overtime to give the Sharks the win and a 2-1 series lead.

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

SERIES: 2-1 San Jose

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 – 1

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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