Thursday, April 28, 2011

NHL Playoffs 2011 Round Two: Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning

On to the second round of the playoffs and the epic battles to come between the Capitals and the Lightning.

As in the first round, we will offer up results, summaries and items of note for this match up from the Eastern Division.

Tampa Bay wins the series 4 games to 0

Friday, April 29-- Tampa Bay 4 at Washington 2
Tuesday, May 3--  Washington 3  at Tampa Bay 4  
Wednesday, May 4--  Washington 3 at Tampa Bay  5 

Game 4, May 4

National Post-- Questions abound as Capitals swept away
Globe and Mail-- Capitals owners writes fans will "demand change"
Globe and Mail-- Lightning sweep Capitals
Globe and Mail-- Boudreau shouldn't take the fall in Washington
Toronto Star-- Lightning sweep into Eastern Conference final
CBC-- Coaching wasn't Capitals downfall
TSN-- Who could pay the price for the Capitals loss?
ESPN-- Capital's blame game?
ESPN-- Only thing left to say: What a waste
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington Capitals 5-3 to sweep ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's Sean Bergenheim has a new role: hero
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's Marc-andre Bergeron ends slump with a blast
Tampa Washington Capitals, out of the playoffs again, ponder their fate and future
Washington Post-- Capitals ousted from playoffs again, face questions about future
Washington Post-- After another playoff collapse, the Capitals must make changes
Washington Post-- Capitals are swept by Lightning in second round
Washington Times-- Caps search for answers in wake of sweep
Washington Times-- Capitals swept away by Lightning
Washington Times-- Capitals were on thin nice throughout the series

Pre game information

Globe and Mail-- Boudreau shouldn't take the fall in Washington
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning living dangerously with penalties
Tampa Just consider the possibilities for red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's thoughts with assistant coach Wayne Fleming...

Game 3, May 3

Globe and Mail-- Lightning strikes thrice
National Post-- Capitals on verge of total collapse
National Post-- Yzerman has produced a dangerous team
Toronto Star-- Lightning zap Caps in 24 second span to take control of series
Washington Post-- Lightning takes 3-0 series lead over Capitals
Washington Post-- Caps collapse in third period of Game 3 loss to Lightning
Washington Post-- Ovechkin says Caps dominated Game 3, will win
Washington Post-- Nuevirth's play uneven in Capitals' 4-3 loss to Lightning
Washington Times-- Lightning put Caps on brink of elimination with 4-3 victory in Game 3 
Washington Times-- History repeats for Capitals
Washington Times-- Caps coach doesn't believe Malone's goal should've counted
Tampa Just consider the possibilities for red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa  Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 3 ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's thoughts with assistant coach Wayne Fleming...
Tampa  Steven Stamkos shows star quality at best time for Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning living dangerously with penalties

Pre game notes

Globe and Mail-- Boudreau, Caps on hot seat in must-win Game 3
National Post-- The only way to play it safe
National Post-- Capitals' playoff history repeating itself
Washington Post-- Capitals can't learn any more lessons the hard way
Washington Post-- No room for complacency with 2-0 lead over favoured Capitals
Washington Times-- Regardless of fatigue, there's no rest for the weary
Washington Times-- Capitals seek burst with quick turnaround
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming underling  surgery ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning LW Simon Gange wants to play Game 3
Tampa The bigger the stakes, the better the Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman...
Tampa GM Steve Yzerman has returned self-assurance to the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher not worried about his team ...
Tampa Monday provides much needed day off for Tampa Bay Lighting

Game 2, May 1

Globe and Mail-- Lightning shock Capitals in OT
National Post-- Lightning stun Capitals in overtime
Washington Post-- Lightning capitalizes in overtime of Game 2
Washington Post-- Two games in, Caps and Lightning may have a rivalry on our hands
Washington Post-- Lightning gets a lift against Capitals from veteran goalie ...
Washington Post-- Power Play struggles are costing Washington dearly
Washington Post-- Capitals bad line change leads to the Lightning's game-winning goal
Washington Times-- Powerless Caps fall in overtime, trail Lightning 2-0 in series
Washington Times-- Caps' season to be defined by 27 hours in Tampa
Washington Times-- Capitals done in by bad line change
Washington Times-- Resilient Lightning bounce back again
Washington Times-- Carlson, Knuble back for Washington
Tampa Bay. com-- Lightning gets a Roloson rescue
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington 3-2 in overtime...
Tampa Vinny Lecavalier a star once again
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's hustle sets up all three of its goals
Tampa 'Lucky' Simon Gagne sits but could play soon for Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Improvement of Tampa Bay Lightning defense hard to figure out

Pre game Information

Globe and Mail-- Caps' Boudreau preaching patience against Lightning
Washington Post-- Caps were undone by their poor power play in Game 1 loss...
Washington Times-- Frustration mounting on Backstrom as goal scoring woes continue
Washington Times-- Caps realize they need to be more patient in Game 2 against Lightning
Tampa Injured Simon, Gagne Pavel Kubina not expected to play ...
Tampa Improvement of Tampa Bay Lightning defines hard to figure out
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's third line a key to team's playoff success
Tampa Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau not happy his team reverted to ...

Tampa Teams view Jason Chimera's hit on Tampa Bay defensman ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning release extra tickets for semifinal playoff series...
Toronto Star-- Bolts' ailing coach an inspiration
Toronto Star-- Lightning's Downie getting it done

Game One, April 29

Globe and Mail-- Bolts strike down Caps in Game 1
Globe and Mail-- Bolts' Gagne injured
National Post-- Lightning strike firriest against Capitals
Washington Post-- Capitals drop game 1 to Lightning, 4-2
Washington Post-- Fortune doesn't favor the Capitals
Washington Post-- Capitals drop Game 1 to Lightning, John Carlson misses ....
Washington Post-- Tampa Bay relies on its supporting cast in Game 1 win
Washington Times-- Caps stray from what worked and pay for it against Lightning
Washington Times-- Caps power play struggles haunt them in Game 1
Washington Times-- Gagne's injury a scary start to series
Washington Times-- Caps drop first game of second round with 4-2 loss to Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 1...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning lose Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina to head injuries...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's Simon Gagne alert after hitting head on ice

A review of all the round two series action can be found here.

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