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2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OPEN THREAD- May 1/16

The Lightning and Penguins both found ways to battle back, while St Louis and Nashville try to do the same tonight.

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LAST NIGHT'S GAMES:

- Tyler Johnson scored twice, and Jonathan Drouin scored the eventual winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning cruised to a 4-1 win and tied their series with the New York Islanders at one game a piece. Victor Hedman also scored for the Bolts, while Nikolay Kulemin scored for the Isles. The Islanders had an opportunity early in the game with 2 power plays, but were unable to capitalize, and it came back to haunt them in the end. Game 3 goes Tuesday in Brooklyn.

- Eric Fehr stuck it to his old team as his late 3rd period goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals to tie their series at one-one. Carl Hagelin gave the Penguins a 1st period lead, but a Marcus Johanssen PPG in the 2nd tied it for Washington. Matt Murray rebounded from the OT loss in Game 1 by stopping 23 of 24 Washington shots. Game 3 is in Pittsburgh Monday night.

TODAY'S GAMES:

- A lot of the talk heading into Game 2 against Dallas has the St Louis Blues needing Vladimir Tarasenko to break out and have a huge game, but in reality, they're all going to have to step up. An offence as potent as the Blues' getting manhandled by the 19th best D in the NHL? That's not right, and you know it. The Blues will be slotting Ryan Reaves into the lineup to replace Steve Ott, likely as a way to address the physical play that the Stars brought in Game 1. Dallas will be without Patrick Eaves, and have recalled Curtis McKenzie and Brett Ritchie from the Texas Stars of the AHL.

- San Jose can take a 2-0 lead in their series against Nashville with a win tonight at the Shark Tank. The Sharks scored 5 3rd period goals Friday night to roar back from a 2-0 deficit and win 5-2, but it won't be a shock to see them come out a little harder tonight, much like they did against LA. Nashville has lost 6 consecutive playoff series' where they dropped the opening game, so they'll be looking to change a little bit of their history tonight and not head back to Tennessee down 2-0. Both teams will be icing the same lineups as Friday night.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Earache Records released a number of ENTOMBED albums back in 2013, giving these classic releases the 'full dynamic range audio' treatment on vinyl, using the original tapes for the pressings. They sound fabulous compared to the original cd/cassette releases, and here's a taste from Clandestine, 'Blessed Be'.