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LeBrun: Bolts blow away unhinged Habs

The frustration of Brandon Prust and the rest of the Habs turned costly as the Lightning took control of the series with a commanding 6-2 win.

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Brandon Prust rips referee after loss

The Canadiens' winger on referee Brad Watson: "I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let him know on the way to the penalty box. He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book. ... I wasn’t looking at him. He teed me up. That’s the ref he is. He tries to play God. He tries to control the game and he did that tonight." Habs' frustration

Beleskey's goal still the difference

After a scoreless second period, Anaheim remains ahead 1-0 at home over Calgary behind Matt Beleskey's goal. The Ducks, who have a 29-21 advantage in shots, will start the third period a man down. Follow live


Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

With 38.3 seconds left in the second period Matt Beleskey goes for a trip. Is this the moment the Flames fully sneak back into the series?

Lightning storm past Canadiens in Game 2

Steven Stamkos snapped an 11-game scoreless streak in the playoffs and the Lightning tallied four power-play goals to roll past the Canadiens 6-2 for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semis.


Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Best stretch of play in the series thus far for the Flames. Seems more than a little critical for them to score next.

Final: Blackhawks 4, Wild 1

Jonathan Toews’ shorthanded goal got things started for the Blackhawks, followed by two goals from Patrick Kane and another from Patrick Sharp as Chicago won its eighth straight home playoff game against the Wild. Box score


Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Great shot by the Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp to give Chicago a 3-1 lead with 12:21 remaining in the third period.