Pittsburgh's Nick Bonino scored 6:32 into overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win over Washington on Tuesday, clinching the hotly contested NHL Eastern Conference semifinal in six games and eliminating the team which had been the Stanley Cup title favorite.
Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning into the National Hockey League Eastern Conference final for the second straight year.
The Tampa Bay Lightning again withstood an early push from the New York Islanders and pulled out another big overtime victory.
Dallas' Cody Eakin scored at 2:58 of overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 win at St. Louis on Thursday, bouncing back smartly from a blowout loss two days earlier and tying their NHL second-round playoff series at two games apiece.
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.