Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 8

The Detroit Red Wings have become the first team to advance to the second round. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have become the first team to advance to the second round. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 8 New York Rangers
GAME 4: WSH 4 – NRY 3, 2OT

NEW YORK – For the second straight night, a big lead proves fatal for the home team. The Rangers built up a 3-0 lead in the game in the second period off goals from Artem Anisimov, Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. However, the third period tilted in the Capitals’ favor as they scored three unanswered to tie the game from Alexander Semin and two from Marcus Johansson.

The game went to two overtimes before a winner was finally decided. In a strange ending, Henrik Lundqvist made a save from a Jason Chimera, but Gaborik tried to flip the rebound to the corner, but it instead bounced off of Chimera and behind Lundqvist for the win.

Both teams survived penalties in the overtime sessions. The Rangers had to kill a delay of game penalty in the first overtime while the Capitals had to defend a too many men penalty in the second extra session.

NEXT GAME: Saturday at 3 p.m.

SERIES: 3-1 Washington

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

TAMPA – The second game of the night featured a double overtime as well as the Penguins defeated the Lightning 3-2 and take a commanding 3-1 lead with the chance to advance on Saturday. Also, just like the Capitals game, another lead was blown.

The Penguins gained a 2-0 lead from Tyler Kennedy and Arron Asham – who has scored 3 goals in four games – by early in the second, but the Lightning battled back. Martin St. Louis and Sean Bergenheim were able to tie the game and the Lightning pushed the game to a second overtime, all the way being out-shot in every period.

Snake-bitten James Neal became the hero of the Penguins as he scored the double overtime winner at the 3:38 mark.

NEXT GAME: Saturday at 12 p.m.

SERIES: 3-1 Pittsburgh

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 7 Buffalo Sabres
GAME 4: PHI 0 – BUF 1

BUFFALO – Ryan Miller appeared to find his Olympic mojo Wednesday night as he once again shutout the Flyers by a score of 1-0. Jason Pominville was the lone scorer of the night.

The Flyers had their chances, but Miller had the answer to every one of them. They once again failed to capitalize on their power play opportunities, going 0-for-3 and are now 2-for-21 in the series, including two 5-on-3s.

Flyers center Jeff Carter was lost during the game after a collision with Tyler Myers. He is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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

SERIES: 2-2

No. 4 Anaheim Ducks at No. 5 Nashville Predators
GAME 4: ANA 6 – NSH 3

NASHVILLE – The Ducks took advantage of their special teams and used it to help defeat the Predators 6-3 to draw even in the series at two. They went 2-for-6 on the power play and also tallied on shorthanded as well.

Rookie Cam Fowler got the scoring started on his power-play goal 4:41 in, followed by Saku Koivu a short time later. Nashville tied it back up off the hands of Patric Hornqvist and Joel Ward. Once again, the two teams traded goals with Teemu Selanne and Matt Halischuk chipping in.

The third period, however, saw an explosion from the Ducks. Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Brandon McMillan all helped to give the Ducks the win.

Nashville’s goalies Pekka Rinne and Anders Lindback were shellacked 13-3 in the final frame. Rinne was pulled after allowed the sixth goal. Lindback replaced him and made all nine saves he faced.

NEXT GAME: Friday at 10 p.m.

SERIES: 2-2

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

PHOENIX – The Red Wings became the only team to complete a sweep Wednesday night as they took out the Coyotes in the first round for the second season in a row.

It looked like a tight game for the Coyotes as the entered the third period tied, but the Wings brought out the brooms in the third period and scored two goals to break the tie and sealed the series with an empty net.

Taylor Pyatt, Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal each scored for the Coyotes as Tomas Holmstrom, Patrick Eaves, Niklas Kronwall, Danny Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings. Eaves added his second of the night on the empty net.

SERIES: 4-0 Detroit

EAST:

1. Washington Capitals – 3
8. New York Rangers – 1

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

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

4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 3
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 1

WEST:

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

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

3. Detroit Red Wings – 4
6. Phoenix Coyotes – 0

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

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