It was a huge day in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Three Game 3 games being played all with series leads at stake…
Blues 4 vs Sharks 3: A record-setting defense carried the St. Louis Blues to the Central Division title in a breakthrough season. When they can pair a potent power play with a stingy, tight-checking mentality, they truly are tough to beat.
Patrik Berglund scored the first of St. Louis’ three man-advantage goals, and the Blues throttled the San Jose Sharks until the closing minutes of a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of their first-round series Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
Video: St Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks Highlights
Bruins 4 vs Capitals 3: Suddenly, Bruins-Capitals turned into Flyers-Penguins, replete with scraps and all sorts of scrums — not to mention quite a bit of offense thrown in. From the high stick that knocked off Boston captain Zdeno Chara’s helmet, to the cross-check to Rich Peverley’s face at game’s end that earned a match penalty for Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom, and all sorts of mayhem in between, Game 3 “was kind of like a rugby game,” Capitals coach Dale Hunter said.
Chara scored the tiebreaking goal during 4-on-4 play with less than 2 minutes left, and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Bruins finally solved playoff rookie goalie Braden Holtby, beating the Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference series.
Video: Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals Highlights.
Rangers 1 vs Senators 0: Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for his fourth NHL playoff shutout, and Boyle scored for the third straight game to break a third-period tie as the Rangers beat the Senators 1-0 on Monday night.
The Rangers, who lost Game 2 at home in overtime after being ahead in the third period, lead the best-of-seven, first-round series 2-1. Game 4 will be Wednesday night in Ottawa before the series returns to New York.
Video: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators Highlights.