Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA - Eric Brewer ignited a three-goal first period and collected two assists, powering the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Consol Energy Center. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St Louis both scored power-play goals and Simon Gagne recorded three helpers for fifth-seeded Tampa Bay, which rebounded from Wednesday's 3-0 loss. Dwayne Roloson turned aside 35 shots to notch his first postseason win in five years, when the veteran goaltender backstopped Edmonton to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final before a knee injury in the opener put him on the shelf. The Oilers wound up losing to Carolina in seven games. Craig Adams supplied the lone goal for the fourth-seeded Penguins, who got only 16 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh finished 0-for-7 on the power play and is 0-for-13 with the man advantage through the first two games of this series, which shifts to Tampa for Games 3 and 4. The Lightning will look to grab a 2-1 series lead when they host the Penguins on Monday at St. Pete Times Forum.
Final Score: Washington 2, NY Rangers 0
Washington, DC - Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for his first playoff shutout as Washington grabbed a 2-0 victory in Game 2 of its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers. The Capitals needed overtime in Game 1 to win the contest, but were able to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to second period goals from Jason Chimera and Jason Arnott. The series now heads to the Big Apple for the next two games with Game 3 set for Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 16-of-18 shots for the Rangers, who took three of four from the Capitals in the regular season.
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Chicago 3
Vancouver, BC - Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Sedin brothers were held without a point in a 2-0 win in Game 1, but combined for five points on Friday to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven-series. Roberto Luongo, who stopped 32 shots in the first game for his second playoff shutout, made 23 stops. Ben Smith lit the lamp twice while Viktor Stalberg scored the other goal for the Blackhawks, who will hope to get in the win column on Sunday night as the team will play host for Game 3. Corey Crawford was touched for four goals on 27 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Nashville 3
Anaheim, CA - Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and two assists as the Anaheim Ducks survived to take a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of a Western Conference quarterfinal set. Bobby Ryan scored twice while Teemu Selanne also had a goal for the Ducks, who evened this best-of-seven series after dropping a 4-1 decision in Game 1. Ray Emery got the start in place of Dan Ellis, who was pulled in the third period of Wednesday's game after giving up four goals on 24 shots. He made 31 stops Friday. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist while Patric Hornqvist and Joel Ward each scored for the Predators, who will look to take the series lead back in front of the home crowd for Game 3 on Sunday. Pekka Rinne, who made 27 stops in the Game 1 victory, was tagged for four goals on 27 shots on Friday.