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NHL Playoffs 2011: Monday Night Hockey Update

The NHL playoffs continued on Monday as four more games were played in first-round action.

Detroit 4, Phoenix 2: Playoff juggernaut Johan Franzen netted a goal to help the Red Wings take a 3-0 lead on Phoenix. For more on this game, check out SB Nation Detroit’s StoryStream.

Boston 4, Montreal 2: Boston finally found it’s offense as David Krejci and Nathan Horton both tallied in the first period to help the Bruins slice Montreal’s series lead to 2-1. The Bruins had only scored one goal in the first two games.

Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 2: Danny Briere and Nikolay Zherdev potted second period goals and Kimmo Timonen tallied an empty netter to help Philadelphia go up 2-1 on Buffalo in the series. Michigan State alum Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots for Buffalo.

Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 2: Tyler Kennedy scored 2:43 into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Penguins control of the series. Martin St. Louis had scored just 31 second earlier for Tampa Bay to tie the game at two.

Series Standings Through Monday
WEST
Detroit leads Phoenix 3-0
Nashville leads Anaheim 2-1
Tomorrow’s games: Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Versus (VAN leads 3-0); San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Versus (Series tied 1-1)

EAST
Philadelphia leads Buffalo 2-1
Montreal leads Boston 2-1
Pittsburgh leads Tampa Bay 2-1
Washington leads New York 2-1