Pittsburgh Penguins 1, Philadelphia Flyers 5 (PHI wins the series, 4-2)
Boston Bruins 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT) (Series is TIED, 3-3)
Los Angeles Kings 2, Vancouver Canucks 1 (OT) (LA wins the series, 4-1)
Those Who Shined
1. Jonathan Quick, Goaltender, Los Angeles Kings
With Jonathan Quick between the pipes, it is hard to believe that the Kings are going to be defeated in this postseason. He is simply unbeatable right now. Sunday night he sent away 26 of 27 shots, as Los Angeles clinched a series victory over the top-seeded Canucks. This effort completed a series in which Quick posted a goals against average well below two against the NHL’s 5th-ranked scoring attack in the regular season. And, what makes this performance even more inspiring is that is came at Rodgers Arena — a place that opposing clubs typical dread visiting. Next up for the Kings will be the St. Louis Blues, which means excellent goaltending will be at a premium.
2. Tyler Seguin, Center, Boston Bruins
The 20-year-old star for the Bruins entered Sunday’s crucial game six in Washington with a big zero in the scorebook to that point in the series. It was a truly shocking development after he posted 67 points in the regular season. Lucky for Boston, he was revived in a big way when it mattered most. Seguin recorded two points, including the game-winning goal in overtime to bring the matchup back to the TD Garden on Wednesday. It was the first time in his short career — regular season or overtime — that he scored the winning tally in an overtime game. And, for those of you who watched the game, what a beautiful goal it was, right? I cannot wait for game seven.
3. The Philadelphia Flyers Defense
In the first five games of their series with the Penguins, the Philadelphia defense allowed 25 goals (five per game), which was one of the more horrific performances in NHL history. However, Sunday night was a completely different story. The Flyers defense swarmed Pittsburgh’s top offensive options (mostly Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) from the opening puck drop, and netminder Ilya Bryzgalov saved 30 of 31 snipes to send his team into the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. We all know this squad can score as well — if not better — than every team remaining in the playoffs; the key for them will be playing enough defense to continue rolling to the finals.