Carolina (2) at Montreal (6)
Habs fans hoping that Montreal would rally together and win this for their captain, whose eye injury may sideline him for the series
, were left disappointed after a 3-2 Carolina win
. Montreal played catch-up the whole night, trying to match Carolina goal-for-goal, but unable to close the deal. Brind'amour scored for Carolina in the third and Montreal never caught up. The controversy of the night? Williams, whose high stick in game 3 severely injured Koivu, got away with another one as his stick got Markov in the face
. No call was made.
Carolina ties the series at 2-2 as they head back to Montreal.Buffalo (4) at Philadelphia (5)
A close game after Philly
fans booed Dumont off the ice following a Gauthier spear, Buffalo
looked like they had their game on the right track after ending the first period 2-1. However, Foppa Floppa Forsberg tied it at 2-2 early in the second while Nedved, Umberger and Floppa Pete sealed the deal in the third. It looked like Buffalo might bring the game to OT after a shorty by Grier with 19 seconds closed the gap at one (hey, stranger things have happened – remember Cooke with 3.6?) but Philly held on to win 5-4
Philadelphia ties the series at 2-2 heading back to Buffalo.Dallas (2) at Colorado (7)
José "hair club for men" Theodore won the battle of the suck against Turco. Which actually translates into a 4-1 win for Dallas over Colorado
, in mathematical terms. To be fair, Dallas completely outshot Colorado 39 to 23, even as the defense tried their best to minimize chances on Theodore (and rightly so) by blocking 23 shots. The Stars stave off elimination for one more night as they had back home after a decisive win.
Colorado leads the series 3-1.