Led by the talented trio of Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Martin Havlat, the Ottawa Senators are a win away from eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Heatley scored the winning goal and set up two others as the visiting Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 in Game 4 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final before a capacity crowd of 20,682 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday.
During the soundcheck for a news conference after the morning skate Thursday, coach Mike Babcock told reporters that the Red Wings would be returning to Edmonton for Game 6 on Monday.
“We’ll be back,” Babcock said.
They sure will, but there are many in Edmonton morning angry about how the Wings did it.
Nicklas Lidstrom’s controversial goal early in the third period sent the Wings to a 4-2 victory and a 2-2 tie in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series. Game 5 is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.
Defenseman Sean O’Donnell scored 1:36 into overtime Thursday night to give the Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames to even their best-of-seven playoff series. Game 5 will be played in Calgary on Saturday night. O’Donnell scored his first goal of the postseason on a slap shot from the top of the left circle, with goalie Miikka Kiprusoff screened on the play. It was his fourth career playoff goal. Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 25 shots.
Patrick Marleau quietly turned in another fantastic postseason performance – and the San Jose Sharks needed every one of his three goals to take control of their series with the Nashville Predators.
San Jose’s captain had his third career postseason hat trick, and the Sharks pushed the Predators to the brink of elimination with a 5-4 victory in Game 4 on Thursday night.