Morning Mashup: Bruins Advance to Face Lightning


With both series’ last night potential elimination games, there was a lot at stake for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. Despite losing all three games by one goal – with two games decided in overtime, the Red Wings had every reason to believe they still had a chance of gaining life in a rather deceiving series. Although they are down 3-1, the Red Wings has displayed a stronger sense of urgency and hunger in the last two games.

The old saying ‘quit while you’re ahead’ may very well describe Nickas Lidstrom’s situation, as he continues to weigh his options and ultimately decide if he will return for another season. While he has kept his cards close to his chest, you’d be hard pressed to find a player of his age who continues to be among the best defenseman in the league, without showing any signs of wear. Lidstrom scored a pair of important tallies for the Wings last night, including a play where he batted the puck out of the air past Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi. All indications are that the Sharks will win this series, however, the Wings haven’t given up the fight.

Milan Lucic rediscovered his scoring touch last night with a two-goal performance in Boston’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins, who narrowly defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round of the post season, have a new sense of confidence after putting away the Flyers in four games. With the win, the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play the surging Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playoff Links:

Bruins get revenge with sweep of Flyers

Boston overcomes the Flyers to advance to round three.

Bruins sweep Flyers; where did Philly go wrong in the playoffs?

A look at why the Flyers couldn’t repeat last year’s playoff success.

Late goal keeps Red Wings alive against Sharks

Red Wings live to see another day.

Signs your second round is not going well

Latest from DGB

Has Round 2 been a dud?

James Mirtle doesn’t think Round 2 has lived up to the excitement of the opening round.

World Championship Links:

Leafs’ Reimer shakes off rough outing as Canada edges U.S. in shootout

Jordan Eberle and Rick Nash both score in the shootout to lift Canada to a 4-3 win over the United States.

Last Night in Leafs Prospects:

After going down 2-0 early in their series with Mississauga, the Owen Sound Attack were victorious in Game 3 with a 5-4 win over the Majors. Jesse Blacker was pointless in the game. The Attack can tie the series when they host the Majors at home on Sunday.

Your Say:

Why couldn’t the Flyers repeat their success from last season? Are you looking forward to a Bruins/Lightning Conference Final matchup?