The Red Wings made it into the the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday, but no one was able to join them Thursday night as Vancouver failed yet again to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago 5, Vancouver 0: The Blackhawks drilled Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo for the second straight game as Chicago forced the series back to the Windy City for Game 6. Luongo gave up four goals on 12 shots and was pulled just 1:26 into the second period in favor of Cory Schnieder, who gave up the final goal. Former Red Wing Marian Hossa potted two goals and an assist for Chicago
Boston 5, Montreal 4 (OT): Michael Ryder scored just 1:59 into overtime to give Boston the win and tie the series at two with Montreal. Canadiens goalie Carey Price, brilliant in giving up one goal in the first two games, has given up nine in Games 3 and 4.
San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3: Jonathan Quick struggled again as San Jose put up six goals on the Los Angeles netminder for the second-straight game. The Sharks led 3-2 at the start of the third period, but Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski scored less than a minute apart early in the frame to put the icing on the game.
Series Standings Through Thursday
Detroit defeats Phoenix 4-0
Vancouver leads Chicago 3-2
San Jose leads Los Angeles 3-1
Tomorrow’s game: Nashville at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Versus (Series tied 2-2)
Washington leads New York 3-1
Montreal and Boston tied 2-2
Pittsburgh leads Tampa Bay 3-1
Tomorrow’s game: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Versus (Series tied 2-2)