Devils blow 3-0 lead against the Panthers. Nashville takes 3-1 series lead over Detroit.
Final Score: Florida 4, New Jersey 3
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Campbell's power-play tally early in the second period was the difference, as Florida erased a three-goal deficit and hung on to post a 4-3 victory over New Jersey in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal from Prudential Center. Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison and Mike Weaver also lit the lamp for the Panthers, who now hold a 2-1 series advantage thanks to the greatest comeback in franchise playoff history. Starter Jose Theodore was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. Scott Clemmensen earned the win by stopping all 19 shots for the remainder of the contest. Zach Parise, Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored in the game's first 6:16 for the Devils, who have lost two in a row in the set.
Final Score: Nashville 3, Detroit 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings won an NHL-record 23 straight home games during the regular season. But after dropping back-to-back playoff contests at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings find themselves on the brink of elimination. Kevin Klein scored the tiebreaking goal 6:25 into the third period and the Nashville Predators posted a 3-1 win over the Red Wings in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Pekka Rinne made 40 saves for the Predators, who lead the best-of-seven set 3-1 and will look to close it out on Friday in front of their fans. Jimmy Howard stopped just 14 shots for Detroit, which finished 1-for-7 on the power play.
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Mikkel Boedker's first career playoff goal was an overtime winner. Boedker beat Corey Crawford from a sharp angle along the left goal line with 6:45 remaining in the extra session to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at United Center. Taylor Pyatt started the play by dumping the puck into the Chicago zone. Pyatt jostled with Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson while attempting to gain possession. A trailing Boedker then swooped in and managed to put the puck behind Crawford, who was hugging the near post. This contest will best be remembered, however, for a brutal first-period hit that caused Chicago forward Marian Hossa to exit the ice on a stretcher. Hossa had just passed the puck in the neutral zone when he was steamrolled by gritty forward Raffi Torres, who left his feet to deliver a late hit that targeted Hossa's head. Torres has a history of being suspended for overly aggressive conduct. Tuesday's incident came on the heels of Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith being shaken up on a hit by Andrew Shaw in Game 2 on Saturday. Shaw was given a three-game suspension. Although he missed practice Monday, Smith made 35 saves to backstop the Coyotes to a 2-1 series lead.