Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 13

Joe Thornton proved to be clutch as he scored the game-winning goal to send San Jose to the next round. (AP

Joe Thornton proved to be clutch as he scored the game-winning goal to send San Jose to the next round. (AP

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning
GAME 6: PIT 2 – TBL 4

TAMPA – The Lightning were looking to keep the momentum going from the last game, and although it didn’t start off as planned, the Lightning were able to win, 4-2, over the Penguins and force a third Game 7 in the opening round.

Pascal Dupuis scored first off a horrible turnover by Dwayne Roloson behind his net, but Roloson rebounded and had a strong game the rest of the way. Teddy Purcell tied the game at 1 before Sean Bergenheim gave the Lightning the lead in the second.

Jordan Staal tied the game 3:48 into the third period, but after three huge saves by Roloson, Steve Downie flew down the ice and gave Tampa Bay the lead back and for good.

Ryan Malone, former Penguin, tallied one more for the Lightning.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 8 p.m.

SERIES: 3-3

No. 2 San Jose Sharks at No. 7 Los Angeles Kings
GAME 6: SJS 4 – LAK 3, OT

LOS ANGELES – It was a last, desperate effort by the Kings to try and survive for another game, but it wouldn’t be as the Shark defeated them in overtime to advance to the second round.

It was a complete back-and-forth game between the two clubs, and the Sharks got the last and most important one.

San Jose’s Kyle Wellwood opened the scoring in the second, followed by Los Angeles’ Justin Williams on the power play and another by the Sharks’ Jason Demers.

The Kings started the goals in the third with Ryan Smyth, then it was Dany Heatley‘s turn before the Kings tied it back up at 3 from Trevor Lewis on the power play.

Joe Thornton, who has faced his fair share of criticisms during past playoffs, stunned the Los Angeles crowd when he scored 2:22 into overtime to eliminate the Kings and send the Sharks on to the next round.

SERIES: 4-2 San Jose

EAST:

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

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

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

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

WEST:

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

2. San Jose Sharks – 4
7. Los Angeles Kings – 2

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

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

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