The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs spent most of the third period hitting, grabbing, shoving, and fighting each other Saturday. The anger eventually boiled over into a line brawl.
For pure entertainment value, Islanders-Panthers was the best series of the first round, with every game being close and half of them going to overtime. It ended in spectacular fashion, with John Tavares (who had five goals and four assists in six games) tying the game in the last minute of regulation and winning it…
This is Philadelphia's Ryan White moving the Islanders' Matt Martin's nose a few centimeters to the right in their first-period fight last night.
The Islanders beat the Devils 3-1 Monday night in New Jersey and continued an improbable, late-season push for a playoff spot. John Tavares scored his 22nd goal of the season, Evgeni Nabokov out-tended Martin Brodeur and the Islanders have now won four of their last five.