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Cullen: Second Round Going Quickly

Scott Cullen
5/5/2011 1:37:03 AM
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The Lightning swept the Caps away, while the Bruins and Sharks are on the verge of moving on quickly as well.

WASHINGTON-TAMPA BAY
A year after getting unceremoniously bounced from the first round of the playoffs, the Washington Capitals were swept away in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

There are more heralded players in the Lightning lineup, but this series belonged to the line of Sean Bergenheim, Dominic Moore and Steve Downie

Bergenheim, who had 14 goals in the regular season, scored twice in the clinching game against the Capitals, giving him four goals in the series and seven in the playoffs.

Moore had two assists, giving him four points in the series and eight points in 11 playff games. 

Downie added a pair of helpers as well, giving him a five points in the series and a dozen points -- tied for the league lead -- in ten playoff games.

It was yet another scoreless game for Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom, who ended a disappointing playoffs with two assists in nine games.

Alexander Ovechkin had another playoff run end prematurely, this time after scoring four points in four games against Tampa Bay, giving him ten points in nine postseason games.

Capitals defenceman Mike Green, who has been maligned for previous playoff performances, missed Game Four against Tampa Bay after leaving in the third period of Game Three with a leg injury.  Nevertheless, Green had a respectable playoff, scoring six points in eight games.

Speculation has already begun that this playoff defeat will mean the end of Bruce Boudreau's tenure behind the Capitals' bench and that could very well be the case, as this promises to be a busy offseason in Washington.

BOSTON-PHILADELPHIA
It's not easy to match the Bruins when Tim Thomas stops 37 of 38 shots on goal, but it's downright impossible when the Flyers can't even get a complete game out of their goaltender, Brian Boucher.

After contributing all of one assist in his first eight games of the playoffs, Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara had two goals and an assist, along with a team leading five shots and plus-4 rating, to lead the way.  Big Z had recorded six three-point games since joining the Bruins in 2006-2007.

David Krejci continued his excellent series for the Bruins, with three more points to give him eight points through the first three games of the series.

Krejci's right winger, Nathan Horton, now has six points during a four-game point streak.

Jeff Carter returned to the Flyers lineup and ranked second on the team with five shots on goal in 16:41.

While the Flyers outshot the Bruins 38-28, Boston dominated the faceoff circle, winning an astounding 78% of draws.  Gregory Campbell won 11 of 12, while Patrice Bergeron won 17 of 19.  On the Flyers' side, Mike Richards lost 10 of 12 and Claude Giroux dropped 11 of 14.

In his first playoff action of the season, Bruins defenceman Shane Hnidy played just 2:38 as he was inserted into the lineup in place of Adam McQuaid.

Tomas Kaberle played just 13:20 for the Bruins, his lowest time on ice total since March, 2007.
 
Boston was sitting pretty with a three games to none lead against Philadelphia last season too but, as unlikely as it is for any team to come back from 3-0, it seems even less likely for a Flyers team that can't get adequate goaltending.

SAN JOSE-DETROIT
He managed just two points in the first eight playoff games, but Sharks winger Devin Setoguchi picked quite a time to break out offensively, scoring three goals, including the winner in OT, to give the Sharks a stranglehold on the series.

Joe Thornton assisted on all three of Setoguchi's goals, giving Jumbo Joe nine points in nine playoff games.

Detroit hasn't been getting contributions from their supporting cast, leaving Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg to do the heavy lifting.

Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler are all scoreless in the series.

Douglas Murray blocked a game-high seven shots for the Sharks.

In a must-win game, the Red Wings held a 3-2 lead into last five minutes of the third period before surrendering the tying goal.  Now down three games to none, it appears that, barring a miracle comeback, the Red Wings are going to come up short against the Sharks again.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.




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