Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers - After having been dominated in Game 1, the Flyers needed to make something happen. Game 2 did not start out well for the visiting team, as the Rangers built a 2-0 lead in the first 8:22 of the game.The game's turning point may have come at 14:14, when Jakub Voracek made a terrific individual play, skating around the Rangers' defense, and then beating goalie Henrik Lundqvist from point blank range, to cut the lead in half. Perhaps inspired by Voracek's play, Philly came out and scored two more unanswered goals in the second period. The crew from Broad street entered the third period, nursing a one goal lead. Backup goalie Ray Emery (starting his second consecutive game in place of injured Steve Mason) made several key saves to keep his team in the lead. The Flyers were finally able to exhale when Wayne Simmonds scored an empty net goal to make the score 4-2 with only 26 secs remaining in the game. 4-2 would be the final score. Goalie Ray Emery was named #1 Star of the game. Having stolen home-ice advantage, the Flyers can now look forward to home games coming up on Tues, April 22, and Fri, Apr 25. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1.
Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins - The heavily favored Bruins were stunned by a 1-0 shutout loss in Game 1, with Pavel Datsyuk providing late game heroics. There would be no such drama this time around. In the first period, goalie Jimmy Howard's errant attempted outlet pass wound up on the stick of Bruins forward Justin Florek who shot into the vacated net at 7:28 to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Just a few mins later, Reilly Smith scored a power play goal at 10:35. That would be all the home team needed, as they cruised to a 4-1 victory. Boston goalie Tuuka Rask was named #1 star of the game. By virtue of having won Game 1, Detroit now has home-ice advantage. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Detroit on Tues, April 22, and Thurs, April 24. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Montreal Canadiens - Having dropped the first two games on home ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning desparately needed to win this game to avoid falling into a 3 games to none series deficit. The Florida-based team again had to rely on backup goalie Anders Lindback, who had also started the first two games of series in place of injured star goalie Ben Bishop. Lindback had been quite underwhelming, having surrendered 8 goals on 67 shots in the first two games (.887 save %). When Rene Bourque scored just 11 seconds into the game, it looked bad for Tampa. It was, but not as one would imagine. The officiating was rather curious on this night. Lindback was relatively strong all night, after the initial goal. Tampa eventually tied the game at 1-1, and it looked like they had taken the lead, when a phantom goaltender interference call wiped out the tying goal. The call was made by relatively inexperienced French-Canadian (just coincidence) referee Francois Charron. The linesman also blew an offside call, which would have given Steven Stamkos, a breakaway. Probably as early as next season, goaltender interference will become a reviewable call. When that happens, it will be the call made in this game which will be referred to as the call which initiated the rule change. In any case, Montreal won 3-2. Game four is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 in Montreal. Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher was named #1 star of the game. Montreal leads the series 3-0.
Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks - Having allowed the Sharks to jump out to a 5-0 lead in Game 1, the Kings were determined to get off to a better start in Game 2. They did just that. Los Angeles scored twice in the first period, and held a 2-0 lead going into the second period. By the midway point of the second, San Jose had tied the game at 2-2. Their scoring wasn't done by the usual suspects; rather it was fourth liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres who tallied for the Northern California squad. At 14:45, the Sharks took the lead, on a long slapshot by Justin Braun, which found it's way through traffic at wound up in the net. Trailing 3-2 going into the third, the Kings dug themselves into a deeper hole when Patrick Marleau scored just 1:08 into the third period; the Sharks' fourth unanswered goal of the night. Adding salt to the wound, was Joe Pavelski, who scored a fifth unanswered at 4:07. When all was said and done, the final score was 7-2 in favor of San Jose. In these first two games, the Kings have been outscored 13-5. Sharks forward Mike Brown was named #1 star of the game. Games 3 and 4 will be on Tuesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 24 in Los Angeles. San Jose leads the series 2-0.