National Hockey League

            ***** National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules *****
                             (Tuesday, April 22nd)
                      Final Score: Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3
 Montreal,  QC (  - It  was 21  years ago  the last  time the
 Montreal Canadiens swept an opponent in a playoff series. It was also 21 years
 ago  that the  storied  franchise won  its  last Stanley  Cup.  Thanks to  Max
 Pacioretty's  goal  with  42.6  seconds  to  play,  Montreal  finished  off  a
 convincing  four-game sweep of  the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 win in Game
 4  of the  Eastern Conference  quarterfinals. The  last sweep  by Montreal  in
 the postseason occurred during the 1993 Adams Division  finals,  when the team
 took  down  Buffalo on the  way to winning its  24th championship. It was also
 the  last  time a Canadian  team hoisted  the chalice, and  if it is to happen
 this  year,  it  would  have  to  be  the  Canadiens  as  they  are  the  only
 representatives  of the  country left in this year's chase. Brendan Gallagher,
 Danny  Briere  and Lars Eller  all scored, while  Carey Price stopped 20 shots
 for  the  Canadiens, who  will now have  a lengthy break  to prepare for their
 semifinal matchup. Tyler  Johnson,  Ondrej Palat and Victor  Hedman all scored
 for the Lightning, who  had grabbed  home ice from the  Canadiens on the final
 day  of  the season,  but  it  didn't  help as  the  team  was swept  for  the
 first  time in  franchise history.  Anders Lindback,  who was  called upon  to
 be the  starting goaltender in the series  as Ben  Bishop  suffered  an upper-
 body  injury  late  in  the  season,  struggled again  as  he  gave  up  three
 goals  on  20 shots and  was lifted in  the second period. Kristers Gudlevskis
 gave up just the one goal on 17 shots in relief.
                        Final Score: Boston 3, Detroit 0
 Detroit,  MI (  - Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins silenced
 the  Detroit  crowd with a  3-0 victory in Game  3 of their Eastern Conference
 quarterfinal series. Rask made 23 saves to record his fourth career shutout in
 the  playoffs  for the Bruins, who  have won two  straight since a 1-0 loss in
 Game  1.  Dougie  Hamilton,  Jordan  Caron and  Patrice  Bergeron  scored  for
 Boston,  which won at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since March 11, 2007.
 Jimmy Howard stopped 31-of-33 shots for the Red Wings, who went 0-for-3 on the
 power play. Game 4 is set for Thursday.
                   Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1
 Philadelphia,  PA (  - Martin St. Louis and Dan Girardi each
 notched  a goal and  an assist, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots, and the New
 York  Rangers regained control of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series
 against  the  Philadelphia Flyers  with a 4-1  win in Game  3 on Tuesday. Much
 like  the  previous game,  the Rangers  raced out to  a 2-0  lead in the first
 period  before  the Flyers  sliced the  margin in half  heading into the first
 intermission.  Philadelphia  went on to score  three more times to take Game 2
 by  a 4-2  margin and  even this  best-of-seven set  at one  game apiece,  but
 Lundqvist  made  sure Tuesday's  lead held  up, turning aside  all 20 shots he
 faced  over  the final 40 minutes  to stifle any hopes of another Philadelphia
 comeback.  Derek  Stepan and former  Flyer Daniel Carcillo supplied New York's
 other  goals, while Rick  Nash recorded a pair of assists in the victory. Mark
 Streit  scored  the lone marker  for the Flyers, who  saw Ray Emery allow four
 goals  on  20 shots before  being pulled with just  over seven minutes left in
 the  third. Emery  made his third straight  start in place of No. 1 goaltender
 Steve  Mason, who  made three  saves in  a surprise  relief appearance.  Mason
 wasn't  expected  to dress  for the  game as  he continues  to recover from an
 upper-body  injury,  but was named  Emery's backup  just hours before the game
 started. The Flyers will look to even the series in Game 4 on Friday.
                  Final Score: San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
 Los  Angeles,  CA  (  - Patrick  Marleau  scored  6:20  into
 overtime  and the San Jose Sharks took a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in
 Game  3 of  this Western  Conference quarterfinal  series. With  the win,  the
 Sharks  took a 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series with a chance to close it
 out  on Thursday  in Los Angeles. On  the deciding goal, the puck was bouncing
 around  in  the Los  Angeles end  and Marleau wound  up with  it on his stick.
 Throwing  a backhand  on net from the  left circle, it tipped off the stick of
 Slava  Voynov  and fooled  Jonathan Quick  to end the  game. Tomas Hertl, Matt
 Nieto  and Brent Burns  all scored for the Sharks, who got 28 saves from Antti
 Niemi  in  the victory. Marian Gaborik,  Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll each lit
 the lamp for the Kings, who saw Quick turn aside 36 shots in defeat.
 04/23 01:42:00 ET

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