The Montreal Canadiens are moving on and the Los Angeles Kings are one game closer to going home.
5 things to know
It just wasn't Tampa Bay's year
It wouldn't be entirely accurate to say that Ben Bishop's injury is the only thing that brought Tampa Bay's playoff run to a stop in just four games, but it certainly didn't help. The Lightning did not play particularly well against the Montreal Canadiens, and that was ultimately their undoing, but you have to imagine that Bishop would have given them a better chance than Anders Lindback, who ended up getting benched in the second period after giving up three goals on Tuesday, did in at least two of the four games. It was a frustrating night for the Lightning as they battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game only to lose in the final minute on a Max Pacioretty power play goal after a controversial holding call on rookie forward Cedric Paquette.
Where does Philadelphia go in net for Game 4?
The Flyers kept Ray Emery in net for Game 3 against the New York Rangers and it ended with him getting pulled in the third period after giving up a late goal to Daniel Carcillo (which provided some great comedy). Steve Mason started the series on the bench after he was injured late in the regular season, and Emery was solid enough over the first two games to earn another start. He was not able to repeat that performance on Tuesday. Does he get another opportunity in Game 4 as the Flyers try to even the series back up, or does coach Craig Berube go back to Mason, who ended up finishing the in relief of Emery?
Watch out for the flying octopus
Tuukka Rask was this close to getting smacked by an octopus in Detroit before Game 3, and he seemed to laugh it off. He also probably enjoyed his performance as he stopped all 23 shots he faced to record his fourth career playoff shutout in Boston's 3-0 win over the Red Wings. Maybe it was Detroit's inexperience. Or perhaps it was the fact that Boston is probably the best team in the Eastern Conference and played a near flawless game. Or perhaps it was simply a combination of both. Either way, this was complete domination by the Bruins and probably one of the worst playoff games the Red Wings have played in years.
Patrick Marleau: Playoff performer
Patrick Marleau has taken a lot of heat for the Sharks' postseason disappointments over the years and as a result his career has never really been appreciated as much as it should have been. It's time that changes. His overtime winner on Tuesday, which gave the Sharks a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, was the 60th playoff goal of his career. That is more than any other player in the NHL since he entered the league. Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg is second on that list with 55 goals during that same stretch. As if that's not enough, his goals-per-game rate actually increases in the playoffs, going from 0.35 in the regular season to 0.41 in the playoffs.
The Brendan Smith knee on Brad Marchand
There are so many things that happened on this play. First, Brendan Smith clearly kneed Brad Marchand and he earned a penalty for it. The next question is whether anything else will come from the league, especially after the Matt Cooke-Tyson Barrie incident in Minnesota on Monday. There is also the Marchand aspect where he grabbed at the opposite knee in what was originally viewed to be an effort to draw a penalty call. After the game he said he twisted the knee he grabbed when he fell on the ice and that it was "tingling" for a minute.
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