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Apr 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his goal during the third period with left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Tampa won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Night NHL Playoff Wrap-Up

The 2016 NHL playoffs are underway with Tuesday night filled with exciting match ups.

Tampa Bay Leads Detroit 3-1 in the Series

Apr 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his goal during the third period with left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Tampa won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his goal during the third period with left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a hard fought win against the Detroit Red Wings last night 3-2. Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the victory, where all of Tampa Bay’s goals came off power plays.  The winning play for the Lightning came from left winger Ondrej Palat who scored a power-play goal with 2:59 left in the third period. Goalie Ben Bishop made 26 saves in the win. Tampa Bay can end the series Thursday night at home when they face off against Detroit in game five at 7 p.m. It took the Lightning all seven games to eliminate the Red Wings in last year’s first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

St. Louis Leads Chicago 3-1 in the Series

St. Louis Blues right wing Scottie Upshall (10), center Jori Lehtera (12) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) go for the puck during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis Blues right wing Scottie Upshall (10), center Jori Lehtera (12) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) go for the puck during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last night 4-3. St. Louis’ right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice to help the Blues win at the United Center in Chicago. Other goals for St. Louis came from left winger Jaden Schwartz and left winger Alexander Steen. The Blackhawks haven’t trailed 3-1 in a series since 2014 in the Western Conference Final, which they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Kings. St. Louis can end the series Thursday night in Game 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Leads New York 2-1 in the Series

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save against New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save against New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers last night 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round playoff. Rookie goalie Matt Murray made his first Stanley Cup Playoff start in which he secured 16 saves. With his appearance Pittsburgh became the first team in NHL history to have multiple goaltenders win his playoff debut in the same series. Penguin’s center Matt Cullen scored a goal 4:16 into the third period to give the Penguins the win.

Nashville Leads Anaheim 2-1 in the Series

Anaheim Ducks players celebrate after a goal by center Rickard Rakell (67) during the second period against the Nashville Predators in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Anaheim Ducks players celebrate after a goal by center Rickard Rakell (67) during the second period against the Nashville Predators in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks blanked the Nashville Predators last night 3-0 in Game 3 of the Western Conference first round series. Duck’s goalie Frederik Anderson made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut securing 27 saves as Anaheim took its first game of the series. Anaheim got goals from left winger Jamie McGinn, right winger Rickard Rakell and Chris Stewart. Nashville only had seven shots on goal, going 0 for 5 on power plays. Game 4 will be in Nashville Thursday at 8 p.m.

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