On the ice, the Islanders recorded their 1st home playoff win since 2002 to even their series with the top-seeded Penguins. The Blackhawks beat the Wild and the Senators beat the Canadiens in OT to take 3-1 leads in their respective series. The Sharks became the 1st team to advance to the conference semifinals, beating the Canucks in OT. It was the 1st playoff sweep in Sharks franchise history.
Islanders 6, Penguins 4 (Series tied 2-2)
* Islanders: 1st home playoff win since April 28, 2002 (vs TOR); lost previous 7 home playoff games by combined score of 24-11
* Mark Streit (NYI): 2 goals, 1 assist; 3 career playoff goals, last scored in 2008 postseason
* John Tavares (NYI): game-winning goal in 3rd period; 6th game-winning goal this season (reg. season and playoffs)
* Evgeni Nabokov (NYI): 27 saves; allowed 3 or more goals in each of his last 7 postseason games
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): Assist; at least one point in each of 3 games he's played in series
* Pascal Dupuis (PIT): 4th goal this postseason; tied for most in playoffs among all players
* Penguins: 0-2 on power play, 6-13 in first 3 games of series
FROM ELIAS: Mark Streit scored two goals and added an assist in the Islanders’ 6–4 victory over the Penguins. Streit was the first defenseman to register three or more points in a playoff game for the Islanders since April 6, 1988, when Denis Potvin did it for the 19th and final time by scoring once and assisting twice in a 4–3 win over the Devils. Streit is only the third defenseman to score more than one goal in a playoff game for the Islanders and he’s the first to do so in 30 years. Potvin racked up 11 multiple-goal games in the playoffs for the Islanders and the last one was on May 3, 1983 against the Bruins, when he scored twice in an 8–3 win. The other Islanders D-man with a multi-goal playoff game was Stefan Persson, who tallied twice in Game 5 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final at Philadelphia.
Blackhawks 3, Wild 0 (Blackhawks lead series 3-1)
* Blackhawks: won 5 of last 6 meetings (reg. season and playoffs) vs Wild (lost last game)
* Patrick Sharp (CHI): 2 goals; 2nd multi-goal game this postseason, 6th multi-goal game in playoff career
* Corey Crawford (CHI): 25 saves; 2nd career playoff shutout, 1st in last 2 postseasons
* Wild: shutout in playoff game for 1st time since 2003 postseason (scored at least 1 goal in previous 15 playoff games)
* Wild: lost 6 of last 7 playoff games
FROM ELIAS: Patrick Sharp scored two goals in the Blackhawks’ 3–0 victory against the Wild. It was the second two-goal game of the series for Sharp, who scored twice in Game 2. In the last 20 years the only other Blackhawks player to record two multiple-goal games in one playoff series was Patrick Kane, who did that in Chicago’s second-round matchup with the Canucks in 2009.
Senators 3, Canadiens 2 (Senators lead series 3-1)
* Senators have won 5 straight home games vs Canadiens dating back to last season (including regular season)
* Kyle Turris: 2 of 4 career playoff goals have come in overtime
* Senators have won 6 straight Game 5s when holding a 3-1 series lead
* Canadiens: trailed 3-1 in Conference Quarterfinals in 2010 vs Capitals; won final 3 games
FROM ELIAS: Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime to give the Senators a 3–2 win over the Canadiens and a three-games-to-one lead in their first-round series. It was the second playoff overtime goal for Turris, who scored the extra-time winner in Game 4 of Ottawa’s first-round series against the Rangers last year. Turris and Daniel Alfredsson are the only players in Senators history to score a pair of playoff overtime goals. Alfredsson, who assisted on Ottawa’s score-tying goal with 22.6 seconds remaining in the third period of Tuesday’s game, scored both of his playoff overtime goals against the Sabres (in 1997 and 2007).
Sharks 4, Canucks 3 (OT) (Sharks win series 4-0)
* Sharks: 1st playoff series sweep in franchise history
* Sharks: won all 7 meetings vs Canucks this season (regular season and playoffs)
* Patrick Marleau (SJ): 14th career playoff game-winning goal (first since 2011 playoffs); 3rd career OT playoff goal (first since 2010)
* Canucks: first time being swept since 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs Colorado