The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the top-seeded Washington Capitals 5-3 to sweep their National Hockey League playoff series.
Tampa Bay advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will play the Boston Bruins or Philadelphia Flyers for a place in the Stanley Cup finals. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 5-1 yesterday to move within one victory of a series win.
At St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, Sean Bergenheim scored two second-period goals for the Lightning in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series. Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone and Marc-Andre Bergeron contributed the other three goals.
The Lightning, who have won seven straight games in the postseason, advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
Marco Sturm, John Erskine and John Carlson scored for the Capitals.
At TD Garden in Boston, Zdeno Chara scored two goals for the Bruins, who took a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Flyers. David Krejci, Daniel Paille and Nathan Horton also scored for Boston, which hosts Game 4 tomorrow. Andrej Meszaros scored the only goal for Philadelphia.
At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Devin Setoguchi scored his third goal of the game nine minutes, 21 seconds into overtime as the Sharks took a 3-0 lead in their series against the Red Wings. Setoguchi scored power-play goals in the first and second periods and Dan Boyle added another in the third period for San Jose.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Eaves and Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings, who host Game 4 tomorrow.
In tonight’s game, the Nashville Predators will try to even their series against the Vancouver Canucks at two games apiece.
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