NY Islanders 5 – Florida 1
The Islanders stayed hot and delivered a gut punch to the playoff hopes of the Panthers thanks to Matt Moulson’s hat trick. Moulson ran his goal total this season to 26 after his three goal blow up to sink the Panthers. The game saw Rule 48 come into play late in the first period when Panthers forward Stephen Weiss was called for an elbowing major after connecting to the head of Isles defenseman Radek Martinek. Weiss was kicked out of the game for the infraction while Martinek stayed in the game and scored a goal during the major penalty. Payback is more fun that way. Isles goalie Al Montoya had to stop just 20 shots to earn the win as Mike Santorelli was the lone Panther to get one by him. Tomas Vokoun’s day was miserable allowing four goals and stopping 32 shots.
Chicago 5 – St. Louis 3
The Blackhawks were down fast in the this game, down 2-0 after the first period when Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes each notched goals for St. Louis. The intermission shook something loose for Chicago as they stormed out in the second period with three goals and never relinquished the lead on their way to an important win over the Blues. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist to help get the Blackhawks while Corey Crawford settled down after an awful first period to make 31 saves in the win. Ben Bishop’s second straight start for St. Louis didn’t end the way he wanted, he was pulled after giving up the fourth goal to Chicago in the second period, a Toews power play goal at 12:40 of the period. Ty Conklin replaced him and stopped all seven shots he saw. For Chicago, the win gives them 68 points and pulls them into a five-way tie for seventh in the Western Conference.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
It was a thrilling, sometimes nasty contest, from Sidney Crosby shaking off an Alex Ovechkin slash, to Evgeni Malkin delivering a hit some thought was over the line and plenty of typical playoff skirmishes.
Ultimately, Matt Murray played another strong game and Patric Hornqvist scored the overtime-winner to put the Capitals in a tough spot.
The Penguins lost their previous eight playoff overtime games, so maybe it was just a matter of time before such a game went their way?
Then again, the history between the two teams is a little different:
If the Capitals want to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Ovechkin era, they’ll need to accomplish quite the feat against arguably the hottest team in the NHL.
Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.
An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.
After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.
You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.
Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.
Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.
Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.
Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.
Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.
Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:
Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.
Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”
People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.