NHL playoff schedule: Caps pushing for commanding lead, Kings attempt series split


After a dramatic Sunday afternoon, the NHL playoffs continue on Monday night with four more games.

The first full weekend of the 2013 NHL playoffs came to pass with plenty of thrilling action to go around.

The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to take a 2-1 series lead over the New York Islanders thanks to an overtime victory on Sunday afternoon. With the Islanders hosting their first playoff game since 2007, the home team helped propel their fans into a frenzy by scoring the first two goals of the contest. The euphoria was short lived, however, as the Penguins scored three goals to take a lead into the first intermission. The Islanders managed to battle back with two goals in the third period to send the game to overtime tied at four. Pittsburgh ultimately won the contest with a power play goal from Chris Kunitz.

The second contest of the afternoon also required overtime, as the Minnesota Wild cut the Chicago Blackhawks series lead in half with a 3-2 victory. Minnesota led the contest thanks to two beautiful backhand goals. However, the top-seeded Blackhawks tied the game with under three minutes remaining after Duncan Keith registered his first tally of the postseason. The Wild regained the lead for good when Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal 2:15 into the extra frame.

The dramatic developments during the afternoon culminated on Sunday night when the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens met for the third game of their contentious series. After the Senators took a 4-1 lead in the third period, the game devolved into a street fight. In total, 12 fighting majors, five game misconducts, five roughings, two misconducts and an instigator penalty were called in the final 13 minutes of the contest. Ottawa holds a 2-1 series lead.

The final game of the night saw the San Jose Sharks take a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Vancouver Canucks. Cory Schneider allowed five goals in his first start of the playoffs, while the Canucks offense only managed two goals for the second-consecutive game.

On Monday, the playoffs continue with three teams having a shot at clinching their third win.

Here's a complete look at Monday's schedule:

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs | 7 p.m., ET
Series: Tied, 1-1
TV schedule: CBC, RDS, NHLN-US, NESN
Team blogs: Silver Seven, Eyes on the Prize

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals | 7:30 p.m., ET
Series: Washington leads, 2-0
TV schedule: TSN2, RDS2, NBCSN, CSN-DC, MSG
Team blogs: Blueshirt Banter, Japers' Rink

Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings | 8 p.m., ET
Series: Anaheim leads, 2-1
TV schedule: TSN, CNBC, RDSI, KDOC, FS-D
Team blogs: Anaheim Calling, Winging it in Motown

St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings | 10 p.m., ET
Series: St. Louis leads, 2-1
TV schedule: CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-MW, FS-W
Team blogs: St. Louis Game Time, Jewels from the Crown

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