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NHL Playoffs 2011: 2nd Round Update, 5/2

Western Conference

San Jose Sharks 2, Detroit Red Wings 1 -- Another surprising goalie duel, another Sharks victory. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard played extremely well for the second straight game, but his 35 saves weren't quite enough for the Red Wings to tie up the series. The Sharks received two goals from defensemen, with Niclas Wallin getting credit for the game winning goal. His blast from the faceoff circle went off Howards' glove and mask, then fluttered behind him and into the net. Henrik Zetterberg -- playing in his second game of this playoffs after missing the opening series -- pulled Detroit closer with a power play goal midway through the third, but the Sharks were able to close out the game. For the second year in a row, the Sharks have taken a two game lead in the semifinals against Detroit. They ended up taking the series in 2010 in five games.

San Jose leads the series, 2-0.

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Washington Capitals 2 (OT) -- The Capitals fell down by a goal two separate occasions, and twice they tied the score. After dominating the first two periods of the game, the Capitals found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 game even with a 27-9 shot advantage. With less than two minutes left in the game, the Capitals pulled their goalie for an extra skater. The gamble paid off, as Alex Ovechkin scored the tying goal with 1:08 left in the game, sending it into overtime. The Capitals' energy continued into the extra period as they  placed shot after shot against Lightning veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson, but were unable to score. A quick change gave the Lightning two skaters undefended, and Teddy Purcell fed a wide open Vincent Lecavalier for the game winning goal 6:09 into overtime. It was the captain's second goal of the game. Now, the Lightning head back to Tampa Bay with a chance to close out the series against the top seeded Capitals.

Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.

Games To Watch Tonight

Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m. EDT, on Versus -- The Bruins were able to take advantage of the Flyers' weak goaltending situation in Game One, using a rare offensive outburst to take an early lead in the series. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher is expected to start once again, but he will be on a short leash. If Philadelphia gets into trouble early, expect Sergei Bobrovsky or Michael Leighton to play in net. The Flyers don't want to be down 2-0 heading back to Boston. They performed a miracle last season; it would be nearly impossible to pull off two years in a row.

Boston leads the series, 1-0.