Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos broke his postseason goaless streak and added two assists as Tampa Bay routed Montreal, 6-2, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: Stamkos scored on a beautiful stretch pass from Jason Garrison. The pass set up Stamkos with a breakaway, and Stamkos completely faked out Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to score. It was Stamkos' first goal in 12 postseason games. Stamkos had two assists on Nikita Kucherov's power-play goals as well. Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and was plus-one in the, 4-0, victory over the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Datsyuk scored on the power play, which was Detroit's second goal on the man advantage in the game. The goal was also the third of the game and came with under five minutes to go, so it pretty much sealed the victory for Detroit. Red Wings fans probably loved seeing the late third goal after blowing a two-goal lead the other night. Game 6 is on Monday, and Detroit leads, 3-2.
Description: Tampa Bay needs more from center Steven Stamkos if they are going to come back and win the series against the Red Wings.
Insight: Stamkos has just two assists in the first five games of the series versus Detroit. Those two assists came in the same game. In the last three games, Stamkos has just eight shots on net and is minus-two. Detroit leads the series, 3-1.
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his second goal of the playoffs to help New York avoid elimination as the Islanders beat the Capitals, 6-2, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Tavares also had an assist on the game-winning goal from Nikolay Kulemin in the third period. The, 3-1, victory for the Islanders forces a Game 7 in Washington on Monday.
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson was the hero Thursday against the Red Wings.
Insight: With Tampa Day down 2-0 late in the third period, Johnson scored his first goal, then after Ondrej Palat sent it into overtime, Johnson won it for Tampa Bay just over two minutes in. He also had an assist, four shots, and a plus-three rating on the night.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk got Detroit going in Game 3, scoring the game's first goal on a deflection as the Red Wings went on to beat the Lightning, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Tomas Tatar took a shot from the point that Datsyuk redirected into the net. Datsyuk was tied for the team lead with four shots on net. He has two goals and an assist in the series as Detroit leads, 2-1.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist in the, 4-2, Game 3 victory over the Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Toews scored in the first minute of the second period to give Chicago a lead, but Nashville scored 22 seconds later. Toews then assisted Brent Seabrook's goal to give Chicago a, 4-2, lead. Toews has five points in the series.
Description: Predators center Mike Ribeiro scored his first goal of the playoffs on Sunday versus the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Ribeiro scored about 30 seconds after Chicago scored its first goal of Game 3. The Blackhawks took another lead in the first minute of the second period, but again the Predators responded within 30 seconds to tie. Chicago, however, scored two more goals in the second period and won Game 3, 2-1. The Blackhawks lead the series, 2-1.