National Hockey League

 
            ***** National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules *****
                            (Wednesday, April 16th)
 
 
                   Final Score: Montreal 5, Tampa Bay 4 (OT)
 
 Tampa,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dale  Weise tallied  with 1:52  remaining in
 overtime, as the Montreal Canadiens got the jump on the Tampa Bay Lightning by
 a  5-4 count in  Game 1 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Weise was the
 recipient  of a pass by Danny Briere from behind the goal line and to the edge
 of the right circle, where Weise netted his first career playoff marker with a
 successful  wrister.  Brian Gionta and Lars  Eller picked up a goal and assist
 each  for  the Canadiens, while  Tomas Plekanec and  Thomas Vanek also lit the
 lamp  for the third-place team in the Atlantic Division. Carey Price picked up
 the  win  despite stopping  just 21-of-25 shots.  Steven Stamkos scored twice,
 including  the game-tying goal with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation
 for  the Lightning.  Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn also produced offense in
 the  setback. Subbing  for the  injured  Ben Bishop,  Anders Lindback's  first
 career  NHL playoff start  went well despite the loss, as the rangy Swede came
 up  with 39 saves. Game 2 in this best-of-seven set is scheduled for Friday in
 Tampa.
 
 
                     Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Brandon Sutter  scored the game winner
 8:18 into the third period, as the Pittsburgh Penguins potted three unanswered
 goals  en route to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their
 Eastern  Conference  quarterfinal series  from CONSOL  Energy Center. The Blue
 Jackets  built a  3-1 advantage  under a  minute into  the second  period, but
 Pittsburgh,  which finished  tied for  the NHL's  top power-play  unit in  the
 regular  season, netted a pair of power-play goals 45 seconds apart to tie the
 game  less than  2 1/2  minutes into  the middle  stanza. Sutter  supplied the
 winner  with  a wrister from  the right circle,  while Marc- Andre Fleury made
 nine  of  his 31 saves over  the final 20 minutes  to help the Pens draw first
 blood in this best-of-seven set. Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen each notched a
 goal and an assist, while Jussi Jokinen also lit the lamp for the Metropolitan
 Division champion Penguins, who went 0-5-0 against Columbus during the regular
 season. Jack Johnson collected a goal and an assist, while Derek MacKenzie and
 Mark Letestu tallied a goal apiece for the Blue Jackets, who qualified for the
 postseason  for just  the second  time in  franchise history,  with the  other
 appearance ending in a four-game sweep at the hands of Detroit in 2009. Sergei
 Bobrovsky  stopped 28 shots in the setback. Game 2 of this series is scheduled
 for Saturday in Pittsburgh.
 
 
                        Final Score: Anaheim 4, Dallas 3
 
 Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Getzlaf and Matt Beleskey each supplied
 a  goal and an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks scored the game's first four goals
 before  surviving a scare  down the stretch to claim a 4-3 win over the Dallas
 Stars  in  Game 1 of a  Western Conference quarterfinal clash at Honda Center.
 Kyle  Palmieri  and Mathieu Perreault  tallied a  goal apiece during the early
 Anaheim  flurry, which staked the West's top seed to a 4-0 lead just over nine
 minutes  into  the middle stanza.  Jamie Benn  and Colton Sceviour scored 1:33
 apart  later  in the second  to slice the Stars'  deficit in half before Tyler
 Seguin's  tip-in with  6:07 left in the third brought the visitors within one.
 However,  rookie Frederik  Andersen, who got the start in net for Anaheim over
 Jonas  Hiller, turned  away all comers over  the final six minutes to help the
 Ducks  grab a  1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Andersen finished with 32
 saves in his postseason debut for the Ducks, who used a 54-20-8 regular-season
 record -- the best in franchise history -- to secure the top spot in the West.
 Sceviour also added an assist in the setback, while Kari Lehtonen allowed four
 goals  on 35 shots for the Stars, who claimed the West's second wild card spot
 to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
 
 
 
 
 04/17 01:11:34 ET

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