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            ***** National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules *****
                               (Friday, April 17)
 
                     Final Score: Montreal 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
 
 Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-winner 3:40
 into  overtime as  the  Montreal Canadiens  took  a 3-2  win  over the  Ottawa
 Senators  in Game  2 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The game-
 winner  was  scored  when  Tomas  Plekanec  picked off  a  bad  clear  at  the
 top of the left circle and dished it down low for Brendan Gallagher, who got a
 shot  on net from a sharp angle that Andrew Hammond turned aside. The rebound,
 though, came to the right circle where Galchenyuk fired a turnaround shot that
 found the back of the net for the win. Montreal  now leads  this best-of-seven
 series  2-0,  and the  matchup shifts  to Ottawa  for the  next two games with
 Game  3  set for  Sunday  night.  Max Pacioretty  and  P.K.  Subban scored  in
 regulation, while Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who had taken a
 4-3  victory in  Game 1.  Clarke MacArthur  and Patrick  Wiercioch scored  and
 Hammond finished the game with 39 saves for the Senators.
 
 
                   Final Score: Washington 4, NY Islanders 3
 
 Washington,  DC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jason Chimera tallied the deciding goal
 in the early portion of the third period, as Washington rallied from two goals
 down  twice  to capture a  4-3 decision  over the Islanders  in Game 2 of this
 Eastern  Conference quarterfinal.  Nicklas  Backstrom contributed  a goal  and
 two  assists  for the  Capitals,  while  regular-season goal-scoring  champion
 Alex  Ovechkin  added his  first  marker  of  the  postseason for  the  hosts.
 Subbing  for the ill Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer was recalled from Hershey
 of the American Hockey League and made his NHL playoff debut a successful one,
 stopping  18  shots.  The  23-year-old  native of  Germany  became  the  third
 rookie  netminder in  club  history  to win  a  playoff  debut in  regulation,
 joining Bob Mason (1987) and Olaf Kolzig (1995). Cal  Clutterbuck, Ryan Strome
 and Kyle Okposo lit the lamp for New York, which wasted  leads of  2-0 and 3-1
 and  as a result  fell even in this best-of-seven set. Jaroslav Halak took the
 loss  despite  making  31 saves.  Game  3  shifts  to  Long Island  on  Sunday
 afternoon.
 
 
                      Final Score: Nashville 6, Chicago 2
 
 Nashville,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Filip Forsberg,  Craig  Smith and  Mike
 Santorelli  scored in  a span of 2:19 late  in the third period to blow open a
 close game, and Nashville claimed a 6-2 victory over Chicago in Game 2 of this
 Western  Conference quarterfinal  series. Smith led the way with two goals and
 one assist for the Predators, who locked things  down  after wasting  an early
 3-0  lead  in Wednesday's  series-opening, 4-3, double-overtime setback. Colin
 Wilson  and  Roman  Josi  also  lit  the lamp,  Mike  Ribeiro  picked  up  two
 helpers  and Pekka  Rinne  halted 24  pucks. Patrick  Sharp  and Patrick  Kane
 scored  once  each for the Blackhawks,  who can regain momentum back at United
 Center  in Game  3 on  Sunday afternoon.  Corey Crawford  was shelled  for the
 second straight outing, but finished this one having surrendered all six goals
 on 35 shots.
 
 
                      Final Score: Vancouver 4, Calgary 1
 
 Vancouver,  BC  (SportsNetwork.com) - After  suffering a crushing loss late in
 regulation  in Game  1, Eddie  Lack  and Vancouver  came out  looking like  an
 entirely  different team  to  even the  series.  Lack made  22  saves and  the
 Canucks  bounced back  with a  4-1 win  over the Calgary Flames Friday to pull
 even  in  this Western  Conference quarterfinal.  Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins,
 Ronalds  Kenins  and Radim  Vrbata  all  scored for  the  hosts,  who ended  a
 string  of  six postseason  losses with  their first win  since April 18, 2012
 in  Game 3  of an  eventual five-game  first-round loss  to Los  Angeles. Kris
 Russell,  who  provided the  deciding tally  in Game 1  with 29.6 seconds left
 in  regulation, posted Calgary's lone marker. Jonas Hiller allowed three goals
 on  29  shots and  Karri Ramo  stopped two shots  in relief  late in the third
 period.  The best-of-seven  matchup will  shift to  the Saddledome  in Calgary
 for Game 3 on Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 04/18 01:25:54 ET