Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 11

Tim Thomas made what could be the best save of the series and Nathan Horton scored the overtime winner Saturday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Tim Thomas made what could be the best save of the series and Nathan Horton scored the overtime winner Saturday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning
GAME 5: PIT 2 – TBL 8

PITTSBURGH – Facing elimination, the Lightning found their offense and their top stars came alive as they beat the Penguins, 8-2.

It took the Penguins until 6:36 of the third period to get on the board, but by that time, they were already down 7-0. Michael Rupp scored the goal, followed by Chris Connor a short time after. That was the only offense the Penguins would tally.

For the Lightning, the top players finally found the game and drove Marc-Andre Fleury out of the net after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Simon Gagne, Steven Stamkos and Pavel Kubina each scored twice. Vincent Lecavalier and Dominic Moore both scored one.

NEXT GAME: Monday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 3-2 Pittsburgh

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 New York Rangers
GAME 5: WSH 3 – NYR 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a last attempt to keep their playoff dreams alive, the Rangers couldn’t find the desperation they needed as the Capitals controlled the game from the onset and skated their way to a 3-1 victory and become the first Eastern Conference team to advance to the second round.

The Capitals scored one goal in each period and held a 3-0 lead until the very end until Wojtek Wolski broke the Michal Neuvirth‘s shutout bid with 32 seconds remaining in the game.

The top stars of Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin each scored for the Capitals.

SERIES: 4-1 Washington

No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Montreal Canadiens
GAME 5: BOS 2 – MTL 1, 2OT

BOSTON – It was a pivotal Game 5 match up  and it couldn’t have gotten any closer.

The game remained scoreless until 4:33 of the third when Brad Marchand finally beat the seemingly impenetrable Carey Price. A little over nine minutes later, the Canadiens were able to solve Tim Thomas after Jeff Halpern tied the game.

Once again, both goaltenders stood on their heads through two overtimes, but Boston’s Nathan Horton struck 9:03 into double overtime.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 3-2 Boston

No. 2 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Kings
GAME 5: SJS 1 – LAK 3

SAN JOSE – Facing elimination, the Kings’ Wayne Simmonds notched the first goal at the 3:36 mark and the Kings went on to score two more goals in a span of 5:06 from Kyle Clifford and Dustin Penner to take a 3-0 lead.

Unlike the last time the Kings took a 3-0 lead, they were able to hold on for the win and force a sixth game back in Los Angeles.

Patrick Marleau scored the only goal for the Sharks in the second period.

Antti  Niemi was pulled after allowing the third goal in favor of Antero Niittymaki.

The Sharks fired 52 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings only had 22 shots.

NEXT GAME: Monday at 10 p.m.

SERIES: 3-2 San Jose

EAST:

1. Washington Capitals – 4
8. New York Rangers – 1

2. Philadelphia Flyers – 2
7. Buffalo Sabres – 3

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

4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 3
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 2

WEST:

1. Vancouver Canucks – 3
8. Chicago Blackhawks – 2

2. San Jose Sharks – 3
7. Los Angeles Kings – 2

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

4. Anaheim Ducks – 2
5. Nashville Predators – 3

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