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Penguins, Blackhawks, Wild, & Stars ALL with Must Win Victories in Game 3′s


(PIT leads series 2-1)

The Pittsburgh Penguins used a three-goal barrage in the third period to score a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Trailing 3-1 with just under 14 minutes to play, Pittsburgh got three goals in 2:13 from Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta to take the lead for good.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Ohio.




(STL leads series 2-1)

Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and the Chicago Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Jonathan Toews scored in the first period and Marcus Kruger added an empty-netter as Chicago bounced back after a pair of overtime losses in St. Louis. Toews’ 21st postseason goal was only the second score by a Blackhawks forward in the series.


(Avs lead series 2-1)

Minnesota deserved this win.

The Wild fired 44 shots at Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov through 60 minutes of hockey but still found themselves in overtime because Colorado’s goalie was playing out of his mind and doing his best to steal a game for his team.

Just five minutes into the overtime period, Mikael Granlund finally found a way to beat Varlamov, and it was absolutely beautiful as he cut through the Colorado defense and then scored while flying through the air.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a franchise playoff record for shots on goal by the Wild.

Game 4 is at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.



(ANA leads series 2-1)

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas fractured his right leg early in the second period of Game 3 in Anaheim’s first loss of the series with the Dallas Stars 3-0.

He was taken to a Dallas-area hospital for further evaluation.

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Blue Jackets Win First Ever Playoff Game; Blues & Avs Take 2-0 Series Lead

St. Louis Blues 4 vs Chicago Blackhawks 3 – OT (Game 2, Blues Lead Series 2-0)

Barret Jackman’s goal at 5:50 of overtime gave the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis now leads the series 2-0.

The turning point of the game came late in the third period when Brent Seabrook was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for a head shot to David Backes of the Blues. St. Louis tied it with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko.

The low-scoring defenseman Barret Jackman ended the game with a drive through traffic, giving the Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Blackhawks and a 2-0 series lead.

St. Louis took the opener in triple overtime and fought off a Chicago rally in a game that began less than 39 hours later. Game 3 is Monday night in Chicago.


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 4 vs PITTSBURGH 3 - Double OT (Game 2, Series Tied 1-1)

The Columbus Blue Jackets knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-3 in double overtime to win their franchise’s first-ever playoff game.

Matt Calvert scored on a shorthanded effort in the second period to bring the Jackets back to within one, and Jack Johnson scored the tying goal on a power play in the third period.

Calvert scored his second of the night in double overtime to give the Jackets their franchise’s first playoff win.

The Blue Jackets came back from a 3-1 deficit just one game after they watched a 3-1 lead evaporate to lose Game 1 by the same 4-3 score.

Game 3 is Monday in Columbus.

MINNESOTA WILD 2 vs COLORADO AVALANCHE 4 – (Game 2, Avs Lead Series 2-0)

Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates.

The speedy 18-year-old delivered another stellar performance for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring his first NHL postseason goal and dishing out three assists in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

The baby-faced forward, who was the No. 1 pick last summer, anchored a line that has propelled the Avalanche to a 2-0 lead in the series. MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Paul Stastny combined for all four goals and six assists Saturday.




“You Got Knocked the F*ck Out!”: Brent Seabrook Hit David Backes With a Nasty Elbow to the Head [Video]

The Chicago Blackhawks are doing everything they can to even their series against the St. Louis Blues in game 2 today. However, they might be without one of their best defenseman, as Brent Seabrook destroyed David Backes with this nasty check against the boards late in the 3rd period. The hit is borderline dirty, as Backes struggled mightily to stand after the shot. Seabrook received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct the play.


 It briefly gave St. Louis a 5-on-3, and put them on a power play for the remainder of regulation — which the Blues used to tie the game with 6.4 seconds left on a Vladimir Tarasenko goal.

The Blues would go onto to complete the improbable comeback and score in overtime to take the 2-0 series lead.

There’s a pretty sizable probability that Seabrook will be suspended for at least a game for that.


Pavel Datsyuk Scored a Magnificent Game-Winning Goal for the Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings stole Game 1 from the Boston Bruins thanks to this insane goal from Pavel Datsyuk. With three minutes remaining in regulation and the score still knotted 0-0 after both teams having numerous scoring chances, he gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone, casually tapped it through his legs and beat goaltender Tuukka Rask to the glove side.

How beautiful was this goal? Beautiful enough to make Datsyuk’s teammates think they were riding high in the saddle atop a majestic animal.

“Pav picked up the puck really well and he did great move,” Tomas Tatar said. “It was beautiful goal. It put us up on a horse.”

The Bruins are still the better team in this series, but Datsyuk is the best player. He’s 35, and he’s been injury-prone the last few years. But when he’s reasonably healthy, he’s still better than most anyone on the planet.

[Detroit Free Press]