Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals: Day 7

The Tampa Bay Lightning become the first team to advance to the Conference Finals. (Scott Audette/NHLI)

The Tampa Bay Lightning become the first team to advance to the Conference Finals. (Scott Audette/NHLI)

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

TAMPA – Another postseason, another disappointment for the Capitals. After handling the New York Rangers with relative ease, they rolled over in the second round, allowing the Lightning to sweep them out in four games.

The Lightning and Capitals traded power play goals in the first from Ryan Malone and Marco Sturm.

Sean Bergenheim continued to be a powerhouse for the Lightning as he scored his sixth and seventh of the playoffs in the second period to give them a 3-1 lead. John Erskine brought the Capitals back within one a little over a minute after Bergenheim’s second goal.

Marc-Andre Bergeron put the Lightning back up by two off a power-play goal 5:07 into the third period. Martin St. Louis squashed any hope of a comeback with his goal with 3:08 remaining in the game. John Carlson scored with 2:06 left, but it was too little, too late for the Capitals.

SERIES: 4-0 Tampa Bay

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 3 Boston Bruins
GAME 3: PHI 1 – BOS 5

BOSTON – It’s a feeling of déjà vu for the Flyers and Bruins as once again, the Flyers have fallen behind 3-0 in the series. The biggest question: Can the Bruins exact revenge on last year or will the Flyers perform another postseason miracle?

The Flyers, needing to show some dominance, lacked all energy and let the Bruins dictate the game.

Zdeno Chara gave the Flyers the lead just 30 seconds into the game and it took only 33 more seconds for the Bruins to go up 2-0 with a David Krejci goal.

Daniel Paille and Nathan Horton put the game out of reach for the Flyers with their second period goals to go up 4-0. Andrej Meszaros broke the shutout 1:12 after Horton’s goal, but it wouldn’t be enough to spark life into the Flyers.

Chara scores his second of the night on – wait for it – a 5-on-3, giving the Bruins their first power-play goal of the playoffs.

NEXT GAME: Friday at 8 p.m.

SERIES: 3-0 Boston

No. 2 San Jose Sharks at No. 3 Detroit Red Wings
GAME 3: SJS 4 – DET 3, OT

DETROIT – Devin Setoguchi was a one-man show for the Sharks as they put the Red Wings into a 3-0 hole.

The Sharks and Red Wings traded first period power-play goals from Setoguchi and Nicklas Lidstrom.

The Red Wings seemed to have taken control of the game in the second when Patrick Eaves and Pavel Datsyuk scored to take a 3-2 lead. Setoguchi scored the goal for the Sharks in the second.

Not so fast. What’s a night in these playoffs without a late game-tying goal and overtime? Dan Boyle tied the game with 4:08 remaining in the third period.

Setoguchi struck again in overtime to give himself a hat trick and the Sharks a commanding 3-0 series win.

NEXT GAME: Friday at 7 p.m.

SERIES: 3-0 San Jose


1. Washington Capitals – 0
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 4

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


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

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


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

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