Monday's NHL Playoff Capsules
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Thornton scored 2:22 into overtime Monday night to give San Jose a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings and send the Sharks to a first-round series win.
Kyle Wellwood, Jason Demers and Dany Heatley also scored for the Sharks, who wrapped up the all-California series in six games.
Justin Williams, Ryan Smyth and rookie Trevor Lewis scored for the Kings, who lost in the opening round for the second straight year and have won just one playoff series since their run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals with Wayne Gretzky.
The Kings lost all three home games in the series and all three overtime games.
Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks after being pulled in two of the last three games.
Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots for Los Angeles. He gave up 16 goals in the team’s three home games.
Lightning 4, Penguins 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steve Downie scored to snap a third-period tie and Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots to help Tampa Bay force a Game 7 with Pittsburgh in their first-round playoff series.
The deciding game is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, where Tampa Bay has already won twice this postseason, including an 8-2 Game 5 blowout that began its comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the Eastern Conference series.
Downie put the Lightning ahead for good, scoring just over a minute after Jordan Staal brought the into a 2-2 tie early in the third. Teddy Purcell, Sean Bergenheim and Ryan Malone also scored against Marc-Andre Fleury, who faltered for the second straight game.
Maxime Talbot took advantage of Roloson’s bad pass behind the net to feed Pascal DuPuis for his first goal of the series. Purcell scored on a rebound 8 seconds after the Penguins killed off a penalty.
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