A pair of game 3s made for interesting viewing last night as the second round continued. In Nashville, a sea of yellow (or was it mustard?) greeted the first ever second round game in Music City. It was another hard fought, defensive battle that saw Ryan Kesler score his first two playoff goals this season, including the OT winner as the Canucks downed the Predators to take a 2-1 series lead. Kesler added an assist on Chris Higgins‘ goal to earn a point on all 3 Vancouver goals. David Legwand and Joel Ward replied for the Predators. Goaltending was the story again in this one, as Pekka Rinne made 44 saves while Roberto Luongo wasn’t quite as busy, making 28 stops.
Meanwhile, in Tampa Bay, the Lightning got goals from Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone 14 seconds apart in the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit and take the lead over the Washington Capitals. They made the lead stand up on their way to a 4-3 victory, putting the Capitals in a deep 3-0 hole. Dwayne Roloson was good again, making 29 saves while Michal Neuvirth made 26.
The Capitals will have no time to dwell on facing elimination as they are right back at it tonight at 7:00 pm for game 4. It’s really too bad that there is nothing going on in Washington D.C. right now that will take some of the spotlight away from the Capitals demise should they indeed fall tonight! It will be one of three games that will keep remote controls busy, as they will all be on at relatively the same time. Also on tap at 7 pm will be Philadelphia heading to Boston in an attempt to get back into the series by winning one on the road. Detroit will try to use home ice to get back into their series against the San Jose Sharks, with an 8:00 start. Both Boston and San Jose hold 2-0 leads in their respective series’.
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