The Carolina Hurricanes have won three in a row and in so doing, have the top-seeded Boston Bruins on the brink of elimination. It's the first time all season long that the Bruins have lost three straight games, so the frustration that marred their Game 4 effort is understandable. The Hurricanes have outscored the Bruins 10-3 in winning the last three games after losing 4-1 in the opener.
Still, winning that fourth straight won't be easy since Game 5 is Sunday night in Boston.You have to expect the Bruins to put their best effort forward. It will be up to
In the other Eastern Conference semifinal, the Pittsburgh Penguins also won their third straight game in the series -- their second in overtime -- securing victory for the first time on the road. It all adds up to a 3-2 series lead over the Washington Capitals as the series shifts back to Pittsburgh.
The difference in this one was that
Out west, the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings return home with a chance to move ahead 3-2 in their series with the Anaheim Ducks. Of course, the road Ducks have the same opportunity, but they'll have to perform much better than they did in losing Game 4 on home ice -- more like they did in the Western Conference final two years ago on their way to capturing the Stanley Cup, when the Ducks won in dramatic fashion in Detroit in Game 5.
Maybe the spark will come from defenseman
On the Red Wings' side, the long anticipated move of putting
Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks have a 3-2 series advantage over the Vancouver Canucks. Similar to the Penguins getting a big game from their third line, the Blackhawks got two goals from
The offense of the Blackhawks' third line certainly stood out, but so did the team's overall discipline, affording the Canucks just two power-play chances. That adds up to three Vancouver power plays over the past two games, both come-from-behind wins for the Blackhawks. Add the fact that Captain