Bryce Salvador, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored goals to lift New Jersey to a 3-1 Game 5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, sending the Devils into the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003.
A mysterious substance on the rubberized mat leading out of the Flyers locker room created dents in several players' skate blades during Philadelphia's 3-0 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals over the host Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
For the second straight season, these intrastate rivals will meet in the playoffs. Philly is sporting a healthier lineup than last postseason, but can it still shut down Pittsburgh's towering trio of centers?
Ryan Whitney and Marian Hossa scored less than three minutes apart in the first period and the Penguins held the Flyers to 18 shots in a 4-1 victory that gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
E.J. Hradek doles out his three stars for Tuesday night and notes that while a Caps-Pens final seems likely in the East, the picture out West -- with two underdogs leading 2-1 and two series tied 2-2 -- remains murky.