NHL Playoffs 2011, Lightning Vs. Penguins: Lightning Even Series, Beat Penguins 5-1

Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves for the resurgent Lightning. The series heads to Tampa for Game Three tied at 1-1.

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2011 NHL Playoffs Schedule For April 18: Flyers Vs. Sabres, Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Penguins Vs. Lightning, Red Wings Vs. Coyotes

Here's the NHL Playoffs schedule for Monday, April 18. All times Eastern. The Buffalo Sabres will host the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:00, with the series tied 1-1. The Flyers are dealing with goalie issues, and it's unclear whether Brian Boucher or Sergei Bobrovsky will start for Philadelphia.

The Montreal Canadiens will play the Boston Bruins in Montreal at 7:30 PM; the Canadiens lead the series 2-0 despite playing both games in Boston. Now that the Canadiens are back at home, it'll be an uphill battle for the Bruins.

Of course, the 7:30 game to which SB Nation Pittsburgh readers will be tuned in is Game Three of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, which will be in Tampa Bay. The series is tied 1-1, with the Penguins pretty clearly outplaying the Lightning in the first game and the opposite in the second.

In the final game of the night, the Phoenix Coyotes will host the Detroit Red Wings at 10:30. Detroit leads the series 2-0.


2011 NHL Playoffs Scores: Rangers, Predators, Canucks Win On Sunday

Here are the scores of NHL Playoff games on Sunday. The Penguins were off on Sunday and will be back in action Monday for Game Three of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to cut the Caps' series lead to 2-1. Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-winning goal with a minute and a half to go in regulation, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots for the Rangers.

The Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Teemu Selanne scored two goals for the Ducks, but Mike Fisher scored the game-winning goal for the Predators with about ten minutes left in the third period.

The Vancouver Canucks won against the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, to increase their series lead to 3-0. Roberto Luongo had 30 saves for the Canucks, and Daniel Sedin picked up a goal and an assist.


NHL Playoffs 2011: Scores For Saturday's Games

Here are the scores from the four NHL Playoff games that took place on Saturday:

The Detroit Red Wings knocked off the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, and took a 2-0 lead in the series. Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Rafalski, and Darren Helm all scored in the first period for Detroit. Shane Doan added two power play goals in the third period for the Coyotes, but the Red Wings held on.

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 to tie the series at one. Thomas Vanek scored two power play goals in an eventful first period that ended with the scored tied 3-3, but Ville Leino and Danny Briere scored in the second period to give the Flyers a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to go up 2-0 in the series. Mike Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche scored in the first period, and Carey Price registered 34 saves for the Canadiens.

Finally, the Los Angeles Kings shut out the San Jose Sharks 4-0 to tie the series at one. Drew Doughty scored twice, and Jonathan Quick tallied 34 saves.


Lightning Vs. Penguins, NHL Playoffs: Tickets For Game 5 To Go On Sale Monday

The Penguins’ 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday tied the two teams’ NHL playoff series at 1-1 and guaranteed that the series would have a fifth game, so the Pens will begin to sell Game 5 tickets on Monday at 10:00 AM. The time of the game has yet to be announced.

Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com, the arena box office, Pittsburgh area Ticketmaster Locations, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. Lottery systems will be used at the box office and Ticketmaster locations.

The next two games of the series will be in Tampa Bay. It would be nice to see the Penguins win both and then come home Pittsburgh to finish off the series in front of their home crowd at Consol Energy Center, but with the way they played Friday night, that would be getting ahead of ourselves.

The Pens’ next game is on Monday at 7:30.


NHL Playoff Scores For Friday: Capitals Vs. Rangers, Canucks Vs. Blackhawks, Ducks Vs. Predators

The Penguins' game against the Lightning Friday night might have been a bit of a bust, but there was still NHL Playoff action going on elsewhere, so let's take a look around.

The Capitals went up two games to zero on the Rangers by winning 2-0, with goalie Michal Neuwirth making 22 saves and Jason Chimera and Jason Arnott each scoring goals.

The Vancouver Canucks took a two games to zero lead on the Chicago Blackhawks in a frantic 4-3 victory in which Daniel Sedin scored two goals. Jannik Hansen and Alexander Edler also scored for the Canucks.

Finally, the Anaheim Ducks tied their series against the Nashville Predators at one game apiece with a 5-3 victory. Corey Perry (on the power play) and Teemu Selanne each scored in the first period for the Ducks, and after a goal by the Predators' Shea Weber on the power play in the second period, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf each scored to seal the deal for the Ducks. (Ryan added an empty-netter later.)


NHL Playoffs 2011, Lightning Vs. Penguins: Lightning Even Series, Beat Penguins 5-1

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Friday night, evening the series at 1-1.

Eric Brewer and Simon Gagne were the stat monsters on the night for Tampa Bay, tallying three points a piece and the dazzlingly effective Martin St. Louis contributed a goal and an assist as well.

Key to the Lightning’s success and the Penguins’ woes were special teams. Tampa Bay finished the game 2-for-5 on the man advantage while the Penguins were a woefully inadequate 0-for-7, lowering their power play to an 0-for-11 for the series.

And like that, the euphoria of the Penguins’ Game One victory dissipates, and in its wake plumes doubt and pessimism.

Much post-game analysis could focus on Marc-Andre Fleury’s atypically shaky performance while surrendering 4 goals on 20 shots. But Fleury undoubtedly deserves the benefit of the doubt after his Game One heroics and the Penguins should expect their resilient goaltender to bounce back in Game Three.

Questions remain, however, for much of the Penguins’ anemic forward corps and a player who will need to show serious improvement in Game Three is Jordan Staal. Matched up against St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier as the Penguins’ shutdown center, Staal was on the ice for four of the Lightning’s goals and in the penalty box for the other.

He finished the night with a single shot on goal and a -3 rating in 18:05 of ice time.

Dwayne Roloson earned the win for Tampa Bay, looking steady when not handling the puck and making 35 saves. It was his first playoff victory since 2006.

The teams will get the rest of the weekend off before the series resumes on Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum. The opening faceoff is schedule for 7:35 p.m.


NHL Playoffs 2011, Lightning Vs. Penguins: Penguins Head To Third Period Down 4-1 After Lightning Score Late

Martin St. Louis’ power play goal with 14 seconds left in the second period negated an earlier Craig Adams goal and restored the Lightning’s three goal lead, 4-1, after two periods in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins controlled play for large stretches of the second, out-shooting Tampa Bay 14-8 in the process. But the scoreboard remained the same until Dwayne Roloson’s shaky stick handling lead to a bad turnover behind Tampa’s net. Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham capitalized on the gaffe, feeding it to Craig Adams who finished quickly, narrowing the score to 3-1.

The Penguins continued to press until late in the period when Brooks Orpik took a cross-checking penalty. With the period winding down, Marc-Andre Fleury was caught cheating off of the side of his net and gave Martin St. Louis all the space he’d need to restore the Lightning’s three goal lead with 14 seconds left. Tampa Bay is now 2-for-5 on the power play tonight.


Lightning Vs. Penguins: Tampa Bay Jumps Out To 3-0 Start

It was a pretty nasty start to the game for the Penguins, with a first period that began with a ghost slashing penalty to Max Talbot and was quickly followed by a Lightning goal by Eric Brewer on a 4-on-4. A boarding penalty against Jordan Staal resulted in a power-play goal by Vincent Lecavalier, and then Nate Thompson added a third goal late in the period. 3-0 Lightning, and it will be tough for the Pens to get back into this one as the second period begins. As with the first game, there has been a ton of very physical play in this one.

Both teams have eight shots on goal; obviously, Dwayne Roloson has stopped all eight of his, and Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped only five. The second period is now under way, and Ryan Malone has quickly earned a trip to the penalty box. The Pens now have an opportunity to get back in this game as their power play begins. They also have to stop the Lightning from scoring; if not, this one will get ugly.


NHL Playoffs 2011, Lightning Vs. Penguins: Pens Look To Extend Lead In Game Two

After a terrific performance in Game One of their first-round NHL playoff matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to build a two-game lead on Friday night.

The Penguins won 3-0 in their first game on Wednesday, thanks to brilliant goalkeeping by Marc-Andre Fleury and two quick third-period goals by Alex Kovalev and Arron Asham (plus an empty-netter by Chris Kunitz).

After whispers that the Bolts might change their lineup for Friday night's game, perhaps by playing seven defensemen, it appears likely that the lineup will remain the same, and defensemen Randy Jones and Marc-Andre Bergeron will sit out. Jones is ready to play, but Tampa Bay doesn't want to use him so soon in a playoff environment as he recovers from an ankle sprain, and Bergeron has a minor injury.

The game begins at 7:08 PM. Also on tap are Rangers vs. Capitals (7:30), Blackhawks vs. Canucks (10:00), and Predators vs. Canucks (10:30).

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