The San Jose Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 series lead in the NHL playoffs after the St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime to level their Western Conference semifinal at 1-1.
Eric Fehr scored the winning goal against his former team to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night to tie the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at a game apiece while Tyler Johnson had two goals and an assist as Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-1 to level their series.
Dallas' Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other goal to help the Stars open the second round of the NHL Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Friday.
Washington's T.J. Oshie completed his hat trick in overtime to give the Capitals a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh on Thursday in a classic start to their NHL second-round playoff series.
John Tavares tied the game in the final minute of regulation then scored the winner in the second period of overtime to lead the New York Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night and into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
The end of two springs' worth of playoff angst for the Pittsburgh Penguins came suddenly, crammed into 14 minutes of pure exhilaration, one highlight-reel sequence piled atop another.
Alan Quine's power-play goal at exactly 16 minutes of the second overtime gave the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers early Saturday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Tampa Bay became the first team to book its place in the last eight of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs after beating Detroit 1-0 on Thursday to seal a 4-1 series victory.
The Pittsburgh Penguins got back to playing the style that made them one of the NHL's best teams after Christmas.
New York's Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory over Florida on Sunday, taking a 2-1 lead in their NHL first-round playoff series.