NHL Playoffs 2012: Last Night in the East (April 18)

By Stephanie Lewark

Pittsburgh Penguins  10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Philly Leads Series 3-1)
The Penguins were facing elimination in the NHL Playoffs 2012, but decided to start playing the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey like they know how to play and dominated the game from beginning to end leaving the Flyers to wonder what just hit them.  Pittsburgh moved on from the media rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers and decided to take it to the ice and the decision bought them at least another game.

With a score of 10, various Penguins players stepped-up to contribute to the win from stars to supporting role-players.  It started with Evgeni Malkin‘s first goal of the playoffs and the biggest contribution coming from a Jordan Staal hat trick.  Matt Niskanen, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Steve Sullivan, and Pascal Dupuis all scored goals while Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, and Jakub Voracek scoring Philadelphia’s 3 for the game.

The game wasn’t without the usual Pittsburgh-Philadelphia drama with a scuffle between Matt Cooke, Joe Vitale, Pavel Kubina, and Wayne Simmonds who all got 10-minute misconduct penalties in addition to other minor penalties. 

The series goes back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Friday at the CONSOL.

Ottawa Senators 3 vs. New York Rangers 2 Overtime (Series Tied at 2)
The first period of this game belonged to the New York Rangers after scoring two power play goals while the Ottawa Senators waited to answer with two goals of their own in the second (one being with a man-advantage).

Senators’ Craig Anderson and Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist both kept the game knotted through the entire third period forcing it into overtime.  Ottawa center Kyle Turris scored the game-winning goal 2:42 into overtime for the Senators to tie the best-of-seven series at 2.

#6 New Jersey at #3 Florida (NJ leads the series 2-1) 7:00 PM EST on NHLN
#2 Boston at #7 Washington (Boston leads the series 2-1) 7:30 PM EST on NBCSN

In the West:
#3 Phoenix at #6 Chicago (Phoenix leads the series 2-1) 8:00 PM EST on CNBC
#2 St. Louis at #7 San Jose (St. Louis leads the series 2-1) 10:30 PM EST on NBCSN

Previous Posts (East):
Last Night in the East (April 11)
Last Night in the East (April 16)
Last Night in the East (April 17)

Previous Posts (West):
Last Night in the West (April 11)
Last Night in the West (April 12)
Last Night in the West (April 13)
Last Night in the West (April 14)
Last Night in the West (April 15)
Last Night in the West (April 16)
Last Night in the West (April 17)

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