Panthers 0 vs Devils 4: Don’t write Martin Brodeur off after one bad playoff game. The 39-year-old bounced back from his shortest postseason performance with a record-setting 24th Stanley Cup playoff shutout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, tying their first-round series at two games apiece.
“It was disappointing to let go of a 3-0 lead,” said Brodeur, who also picked up his second assist in the series. “I think you have to take everything in stride. It’s hard. I’m not Superman. You get affected by certain things that happen to you.
–A big difference in this game was the special teams. Florida, 6 of 10 on the power play in the first three games, failed to connect on six chances with the extra man, while the Devils converted twice.–
Video: Martin Brodeur passes his first big test with a pad stop on Tomas Fleischmann all alone.
Video: Both Travis Zajac and Zach Parise get a chunk of Marek Zidlicky’s point shot to score with the man advantage.
Video: Stephen Gionta puts all of his 5’7″ frame into a huge hit on Jerred Smithson.
Bruins 1 vs Capitals 2: Until a week ago, Braden Holtby’s only NHL playoff experience came from watching games on TV with his buddies. Still, the 22-year-old goalie for the Washington Capitals thinks like a veteran. When Holtby was so-so in Washington’s Game 3 loss in its first-round series against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, he didn’t let it bother him. And when the kid gave up a tying goal through his legs in Game 4, he shook that off, too.
The postseason rookie was superb before and after that one blip Thursday night, finishing with 44 saves, and Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead goal, leading the seventh-seeded Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the second-seeded Bruins that tied the Eastern Conference series at two games apiece.
“That’s one of the things I’ve just learned over the years: Realize what you did wrong and try and fix it and then you’re done with it,” Holtby said, standing with bare feet in the locker room. “You’re moving on.”
–Series Tied at 2-2–
Video: Brooks Laich sends a pass over to Johansson for an odd man rush that puts the Caps on the board.
Video: Alex Semin wires a power play marker off the boards late in the second period.
Video: Rich Peverley gets Holtby to open up, scoring on a rush in the first to tie the game.
Coyotes 3 vs Balckhawks 2: It took a repeat performance by Mikkel Boedker in yet another overtime to put the Phoenix Coyotes a victory away from winning their opening-round series with the Chicago Blackhawks. Boedker scored in overtime for the second straight game — his only two career postseason goals — and the Coyotes took command of the tight-as-can-be playoff by beating the Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night.
“Actually, I don’t know how it slid in, but I’m happy it did. It was a bobbled puck and I felt like I got to it first and I kind of hit it and it bounced over the D-man’s stick and I was partially alone there for a little bit, at least,” Boedker said.
The Coyotes came into the United Center, one of the toughest buildings in the NHL, and won two in a row. They beat a Chicago team missing star winger Marian Hossa, who’d been knocked out of Game 3 by a thunderous shoulder-to-head hit from Raffi Torres. Torres has been suspended indefinitely, pending a scheduled hearing with the league Friday.
–All four games have gone to overtime and the Coyotes lead 3-1 headed back to Arizona for Game 5 on Saturday night, where they hope to wrap it up.–
Video: Shane Doan spins to rocket a rebound into the back of the net, the first of the game.
Video: Mikkel Boedker is the overtime hero once again, giving the Coyotes a 3-1 lead in the series.
Blues 3 vs Sharks 1: For a team that hadn’t won a single playoff game in eight years before last week, the St. Louis Blues sure are getting the hang of winning in the postseason. Brian Elliott made 24 saves, B.J. Crombeen and Andy McDonald scored and the Blues moved one win away from the second round of the playoffs, beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in Game 4 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 series lead.
After losing Game 1 at home in double overtime, second-seeded St. Louis has won three straight, including back-to-back games at the Shark Tank.
“I would have never thought that in a million years,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “This has been such a graveyard for most teams in the playoffs. We’re learning a lot.”
–The Sharks are in danger of being knocked out in the first round after making it to the Western Conference final the previous two seasons. They need to win three straight games against a team they have beaten once in eight tries this season.–
Video: Highlights from the game.