Biggest Takeaways from Monday's NHL Playoff Action

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Biggest Takeaways from Monday's NHL Playoff Action
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The second week of the 2013 NHL playoffs began on Monday with several teams looking to make a statement in their respective series.

After losing Game 2 at home, the Boston Bruins bounced back with an impressive 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first postseason game played at the Air Canada Centre in nine years. Boston now leads the series 2-1, and a win on Wednesday would send the series back to the TD Garden with the Bruins having an opportunity to clinch a spot in the second round.

In the other Eastern Conference matchup, the New York Rangers came up big in a must-win situation with a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of their series with the Washington Capitals. The Blueshirts trail 2-1 in the series, but they will be very confident going into Wednesday's Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Out West, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks in overtime for the second time in four games with a winning goal from rookie forward Damien Brunner. That series is now tied 2-2 with each team winning once at home and on the road.

Monday's late game was another exciting battle between the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. After three low-scoring matchups, the Kings offense finally woke up in Game 4 to earn a 4-3 victory to tie the series at 2-2.

Let's look at the biggest takeaways from an exciting night of playoff hockey, but first, here's a recap of Monday's scores:

  • Boston 5, Toronto 2 (Bruins lead series 2-1)
  • New York 4, Washington 3 (Capitals lead series 2-1)
  • Detroit 3, Anaheim 2 OT (Series tied 2-2)
  • Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3 (Series tied 2-2)
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