Blackhawks top Predators in third OT
Brent Seabrook scored on a shot from the blue line one minute into the third overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday in Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Seabrook’s goal, on the 100th shot of the game, gave the host Blackhawks a 3-1 lead in the series.
Antoine Vermette and Brandon Saad had the other Chicago goals. Colin Wilson and James Neal scored for Nashville.
at Calgary 3, Vancouver 1: Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist and the Flames took a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference series.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau scored his first playoff goal and 18-year-old rookie Sam Bennett had his second in as many games.
Dennis Wideman had a pair of assists for the Flames. Jonas Hiller made 28 saves for Calgary.
Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks. Starter Eddie Lack was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period.
Ryan Miller turned away the 15 shots he faced in relief.
The Flames have not advanced past the first round since 2004.
The Canucks were without significant playoff experience in Game 4 with the absence of forwards Brad Richardson and Alex Burrows.
Linden Vey and Brandon McMillan had their first playoff action of the series.
There wasn’t an obvious reason for Richardson’s absence, but Burrows was injured during Vancouver’s morning skate. He staggered off the ice in obvious pain, was put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance.
The Canucks said Burrows sustained an upperbody injury and had been taken to the hospital for “precautionary reasons.”
Washington 2, at N.Y. Islanders 1 (OT): Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime and the Capitals evened their Eastern Conference series with the Islanders at 2-2.
Alex Ovechkin also scored and assisted on the decisive goal, which came off a faceoff to the right of the Islanders net.
Backstrom dug the puck out in the right corner and worked his way up the boards. He snapped a shot near the blue line that went through a crowd and sneaked inside the far post.
at Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 0: Petr Mrazek made 22 saves, Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored and the Red Wings took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
Mrazek, 23, was Coach Mike Babcock’s choice to start in this series instead of Jimmy Howard, and he has acquitted himself well in his postseason debut.
He made 44 saves in a 3-2 victory in the opener, and although he was pulled after two periods in a 5-1 loss the following game, Mrazek bounced back nicely at home.