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NHL Playoffs 2011: Blackhawks Stave Off Elimination, Sharks Stun Los Angeles

There were only two playoff games in the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night and both of them were in the Western Conference. However, there was no shortage of offense as the winning team scored at least six goals.

Chicago 7, Vancouver 2: Remeber how Roberto Luongo was awesome in the first three games of this series? Yeah, not tonight. Luongo got yanked after giving up six goals on 28 shots, including a four-goal surge in the second period that was led by Chicago’s Dave Bolland. Bolland had a goal and two assists in the period, and finished with four helpers in the game as the Hawks stayed alive.

San Jose 6, Los Angeles 5 (OT): This was surprising to say the least. Los Angeles built a 4-0 lead just 44 seconds into the second period and looked primed to take control of the series, but they squandered it all away and eventually lost on Devin Setoguchi’s overtime winner. San Jose scored five—count ’em—five goals in the second period, including a pair within the last two minutes to erase what was then a 5-3 deficit.

Series Standings Through Thursday
Vancouver leads Chicago 3-1
San Jose leads Los Angeles 2-1
Tomorrow’s games: Anaheim at Nashville, 8:30 TSN and local stations (NASH leads 2-1); Detroit at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. Versus, Fox Sports Detroit (DET leads 3-0)

Montreal leads Boston 2-1
Tomorrow’s games: Washington at New York, 7 p.m. Versus (WAS leads 2-1); Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. CBC and local stations (PIT leads 2-1); Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Comcast (PHI leads 2-1)