Coming in as an “underdog” was laughed at by some prior to the start of the playoffs but heading into tonight’s game the Detroit Red Wings were battling to get even in their series with the Phoenix Coyotes. They did just that with a 3-0 victory on the shoulders of a 29-save shut-out from Jimmy Howard. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk had one for the Wings in what they called a must-win game. The Coyotes were without their captain Shane Doan and will be hoping he will be back soon. The teams now head back to Phoenix tied 2-2 with Game 5 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
The Ottawa Senators got another taste of the Sidney Crosby show Tuesday night as Crosby led the Penguins to a 7-4 Game 4 victory for a 3-1 series lead. Crosby finished the game with two goals and two assists along the way. The second period was goal-friendly as the teams combined for eight goals (five for Pittsburgh and three for Ottawa) as the Pens held a 6-3 lead. The teams traded goals in the third to end the scoring. Brian Elliott was pulled for Pascal Leclaire after allowing four goals on 19 shots, but Leclaire didn’t fare much better allowing three on 23 shots. The Pens will look to wrap-up the series at home Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a strangle hold on their series with the New Jersey Devils after a 4-1 victory Tuesday night in Philly. Jeff Carter finally got going as he scored twice and added an assist in the win. Brian Boucher earned the victory between the pipes with 30 saves on 31 shots. Ilya Kovalchuk was the lone bright spot for the Devils, notching his second of the series. Martin Brodeur allowed four goals on 28 shots in the loss. The Flyers will look to close out the series Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in New Jersey.
Nashville was back on home ice and got back to its scoring ways after being shut-out in Game 2. The Predators downed the Hawks 4-1 to take a 2-1 series lead as David Legwand had a goal and two assists to lead the Preds while Tomas Kopecky had the lone goal for Chicago. Pekka Rinne stopped 26 of 27 shots in the win while Antti Niemi allowed four on 35 shots, one being a penalty shot. The Hawks will need Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to turn it up a notch in Game 4 if the Blackhawks have any chance of getting back in the series and deny the curse that is Marian Hossa. Game 4 is set for Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Nashville.
Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson had the best goaltending performance of the playoffs, almost ever, in Game 3 with a 51-save shut-out Sunday. Tuesday wasn’t much different, outside of the first shot he faced which gave the San Jose Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Avs tied it up in the second period with a Paul Stastny goal, but Joe Pavelski scored the over-time winner mid-way through the extra frame to even the series 2-2. Anderson had 43 saves in the loss while Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 33. The Sharks were in a must-win game and got the result they needed to keep the series close. The pressure is back on Colorado to steal another win on the road to be able to win the series. Game 5 is Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Wednesday night will see the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres square off in Game 4 at the TD Garden at 7 p.m. ET, the Montreal Canadiens host the Washington Capitals for Game 4, also at 7 p.m. ET, while the Los Angeles Kings will host the Vancouver Canucks in their Game 4 at 10 p.m. ET.
For the poolies, here’s Tuesday night’s scoring:
Sidney Crosby – 2 goals, 2 assists.
Sergei Gonchar – 3 assists; Chris Kunitz – 1 goal, 2 assists; Matt Cullen – 1 goal, 2 assists; David Legwand – 1 goal, 2 assists; Jeff Carter – 2 goals, 1 assist; Danny Briere – 1 goal, 2 assists.
Max Talbot – 1 goal, 1 assist; Daniel Alfredsson – 1 goal, 1 assist; Jason Spezza – 1 goal, 1 assist; Steve Sullivan – 2 assists; Chris Pronger – 2 assists; Joe Pavelski – 1 goal, 1 assist; Ryan Clowe – 2 assists; Henrik Zetterberg – 2 goals.
Craig Adams – 1 assist; Matt Cooke – 1 goal; Alex Goligoski – 1 assist; Bill Guerin – 1 assist; Evgeni Malkin – 1 goal; Alex Ponikarovsky – 1 assist; Jordan Staal – 1 goal; Chris Campoli – 1 assist; Chris Kelly – 1 assist; Chris Neil – 1 goal; Joel Ward – 1 goal; Kevin Klein – 1 assist; Martin Erat – 1 goal; J.P. Dumont – 1 assist; Tomas Kopecky – 1 goal; Kris Versteeg – 1 assist; Marian Hossa – 1 assist; Daniel Carcillo – 1 goal; Braydon Coburn – 1 assist; Kimmo Timonen – 1 assist; Ilya Kovalchuk – 1 goal; Zach Parise – 1 assist; Brian Rolston – 1 assist; Dan Boyle – 1 goal; Douglas Murray – 1 assist; Paul Stastny – 1 goal; John-Michael Liles – 1 assist; Brandon Yip – 1 assist; Niklas Kronwall – 1 assist; Brian Rafalski – 1 assist; Pavel Datsyuk – 1 goal; Johan Franzen – 1 assist; Nick Lidstrom – 1 assist; Todd Bertuzzi – 1 assist; Brad Stuart – 1 assist.