Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals: Day 6

Ryan Kesler went nine games without a goal in the postseason before getting two in the 10th. (John Russell/NHLI)

Ryan Kesler went nine games without a goal in the postseason before getting two in the 10th. (John Russell/NHLI)

No. 1 Washington Capitals at No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning
GAME 3: WSH 3 – TBL 4

TAMPA – The Capitals are watching their hopes drift away as they fall behind 3-0 in the series to the Lightning.

Sean Bergenheim, one of the hottest players in the second round, scored the only goal of the first period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

The Capitals wouldn’t go away though as the tied the game 59 seconds into the second period off Mike Knuble, then gained the lead seven minutes later from John Carlson‘s goal. Vincent Lecavalier tied the game roughly four minutes later, only to lose the lead again as Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play.

The Capitals let the win slip out of their grasp in the third period as the Lightning tied and took over the lead 24 seconds apart with goals from Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone.

NEXT GAME: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 3-0 Tampa Bay

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks at No. 5 Nashville Predators
GAME 3: VAN 3 – NSH 2, OT

NASHVILLE – For the second straight game in the series, it went to overtime, but this time the Canucks came out on top.

David Legwand became the first player in the series to score a goal in the first period, and not surprisingly, it ended up being the only goal of the period.

Ryan Kesler finally got on the board for the first time this postseason with his tying goal one minute into the second period. It took until the third period of the game for the teams to swap goals. Chris Higgins scored for the Canucks and Joel Ward scored for the Predators.

Kesler notched one more, this time on the power play in overtime, to give the Canucks the series lead.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

SERIES: 2-1 Vancouver


1. Washington Capitals – 0
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 3

2. Philadelphia Flyers – 0
3. Boston Bruins – 2


1. Vancouver Canucks – 2
5. Nashville Predators – 1

2. San Jose Sharks – 2
3. Detroit Red Wings – 0


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Categories: Ice Hockey, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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