On Friday, two teams took 2-0 series leads and two more evened their matchups at one game apiece. Saturday night was no different.
Detroit and Montreal both took control of their playoff matchups, while San Jose and Buffalo both failed to do the same and now sit tied at one game.
Detroit 4, Phoenix 3: Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and three assists as Detroit built a 4-0 lead and then hung on for a 4-3 win. For more on this game, check out our StoryStream.
Los Angeles 4, San Jose 0: Los Angeles got revenge for the 3-2 overtime heartbreaker it lost in Game 1, shutting down the potent Sharks offense on their own ice for a 4-0 win. Drew Doughty had a pair of goals and assists and Jonathan Quick was stellar in stopping all 34 shots he faced.
Montreal 3, Boston 1: Michigan product Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist and Carey Price stopped 34 shots as the Canadiens took control of their series with Boston.
Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 4: Five different Flyers finally were able to solve Ryan Miller as the defending Eastern conference champs evened their series with Buffalo. Philadelphia overcame a shaky start by goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who gave up three goals on seven shots and was pulled in the first period. Brian Boucher came in and stopped 20 of 21 shots.
Other Saturday notes:
-Carey Price has stopped 65 of 66 shots in the playoffs.
-There has been at least one shutout every day so far in the first round.
Series Standings Through Saturday:
Detroit leads Phoenix 2-0
San Jose and Los Angeles tied 1-1
Tomorrow’s games: Anaheim at Nashville, 6 p.m. TSN (Series tied 1-1); Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Versus (VAN leads 1-0)
Montreal leads Boston 2-0
Philadelphia and Buffalo tied 1-1
Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh tied 1-1
Tomorrow’s game: Washington at New York Rangers, 3 p.m. NBC (WAS leads 2-0)