Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 14

Despite a strong showing from Corey Crawford, the Chicago Blackhawks fell short of the comeback. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Despite a strong showing from Corey Crawford, the Chicago Blackhawks fell short of the comeback. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

No. 3 Boston Bruins at No. 6 Montreal Canadiens
GAME 6: BOS 1 – MTL 2

MONTREAL – With the chance to advance past their rivals, the Bruins were unable to do finish them in six games as the Canadiens won, 2-1, and pushed the series to seven.

Michael Cammalleri proved the be huge for the Canadiens as he tallied a goal and an assist in the game. Both the goals, the other coming from Brian Gionta, came on two separate 5-on-3’s.

Dennis Seidenberg scored 48 seconds into the second period to tie the game, but the penalties cost the Bruins the game.

Milan Lucic was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding when he sent Jaroslav Spacek head-first into the boards. Spacek was helped off the ice, but he did return later in the game.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 3-3

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres
GAME 7: PHI 5 – BUF 2

PHILADELPHIA – The Flyers came out with one mission in mind: to advance to the second round in a do-or-die situation. They achieved it with their 5-2 win over the Sabres at home in Philadelphia.

Ryan Miller was shellacked in the opening frame with the Flyers out-shooting the Sabres 16-2, but was able to stop all before a shot from Braydon Coburn slipped under him and gave them all the momentum they needed to close out the series.

The Flyers capitalized on their first two power play opportunities with Danny Briere and James van Riesmdyk scoring to give them a 3-0 lead.

What’s the one lesson we’ve learned so far from the playoffs and even in this series? No lead is safe.

The Flyers kept that in their minds as Ville Leino increased the lead to 4-0 and chased Miller out of the game. Tyler Myers cut the lead to three, but Daniel Carcillo put it back to four with his goal.

Brad Boyes added the other goal for the Sabres.

SERIES: 4-3 Philadelphia

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks
GAME 7: VAN 2 – CHI 1, OT

VANCOUVER – The Canucks were looking to avoid an epic collapse and the Blackhawks were trying to be the fourth team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs, but only one team’s wish would come true, and tonight, it was for the Canucks.

Alex Burrows got things off on the right foot for the Canucks as he scored just 2:43 into the game, and that would be all the scoring until the the end of the game.

With things looking bleak and Duncan Keith taking a penalty with little over three minutes remaining, the Blackhawks watched their hopes fading quickly.

Jonathan Toews gave new life to the team as he scored shorthanded with 1:56 left in regulation to knot the game at 1.

The Blackhawks were given a huge opportunity in overtime when Burrows was called for a hold, but they were unable to score and five minutes later, Burrows made up for his penalty but scoring the game winner.

SERIES: 4-3 Vancouver

EAST:

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

2. Philadelphia Flyers – 4
7. Buffalo Sabres – 3

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

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

WEST:

1. Vancouver Canucks – 4
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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Categories: Ice Hockey, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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