NHL playoffs 2013: Four games scheduled for Friday night


The fourth night of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs will feature four games, including Senators vs. Canadiens, Islanders at Penguins, Wild at Blackhawks and Sharks vs. Canucks.

The third night of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs did not disappoint, as the match-ups out West continued to provide thrilling competition.

After an intense Game 1, the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues picked up where they left off as Barret Jackman iced Game 2 with the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation. This marks the second-consecutive game in which a crucial goal was scored in the final minute of play, as Justin Williams knotted Game 1 with 30 seconds remaining.

Both contests have been decided by a 2-1 final score and have been in favor of the Blues. St. Louis carries a 2-0 series lead heading to Los Angeles.

The Anaheim Ducks opened Game 2 on the wrong foot, as the Detroit Red Wings scored two quick goals in the first four minutes of the contest. Trailing 4-1 with just over 19 minutes remaining in the game, Anaheim registered three third-period goals to force overtime. However, the comeback was all for naught as rookie Gustav Nyquist recorded the game-winning goal for the Red Wings to tie the series at one game apiece.

In the East, the two remaining series made their debut.

The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers, 3-1. Washington carried play through most of the contest, despite New York's ability to register the game's opening tally. Alex Ovechkin knotted the game at one with a power play goal in the second, which was the first of three goals in the stanza.

The Ottawa Senators managed to steal home-ice advantage from the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 victory. the biggest story in this game was the unfortunate hit by Eric Gryba on Canadiens forward Lars Eller. Eller was knocked unconscious and remained motionless on the ice in a pool of blood for several minutes. Despite a five-minute power play for the hit, the Canadiens were only able to register a single goal.

The two teams will meet again on Friday night.

Here's a complete look at the schedule:

Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens | 7 p.m., ET
Series: Ottawa leads 1-0
TV schedule: CBC, RDS, CNBC
Team blogs: Silver Seven, Eyes on the Prize

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins | 7 p.m., ET
Series: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
Team blogs: Lighthouse Hockey, PensBurgh

Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks | 9:30 p.m., ET
Series: Chicago leads 1-0
TV schedule: CBC, RDS2, NBCSN, FS-N, CSN-CH
Team blogs: Hockey Wilderness, Second City Hockey

San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks | 10 p.m., ET
Series: San Jose leads 1-0
TV schedule: RDS, TSN, CNBC, CSN-CA
Team blogs: Fear the Fin, Nucks Misconduct

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