Biggest Takeaways from Tuesday's NHL Playoff Action

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Biggest Takeaways from Tuesday's NHL Playoff Action
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The San Jose Sharks won the night with their series victory over Vancouver.
As the second week of the NHL's 2013 playoffs began, we witnessed goaltending drama galore, an underdog that won't quit and our first team to advance to its conference semifinals.

The New York Islanders matched the favoured Pittsburgh Penguins goal for goal, eventually earning a 6-4 win to tie their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at two games apiece.

In Ottawa, the Senators erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period. After Montreal's Carey Price went down with an injury, Ottawa went on to win in overtime and take a 3-1 stranglehold in its series against the Canadiens.

Minnesota's stalwart backup goalie, Josh Harding, also left his game with an injury, forcing third-stringer Darcy Kuemper into action as the Wild fell 3-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Blackhawks a 3-1 series lead.

Finally, at the Shark Tank, San Jose became the first team to grab a berth in Round 2 when it beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in overtime to record its first series sweep in franchise history.

Here are the final scores from all four games:

  • Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 (OT): Senators lead 3-1
  • New York Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 4: series tied 2-2
  • Chicago 3, Minnesota 0: Blackhawks lead 3-1
  • San Jose 4, Vancouver 3 (OT): Sharks sweep series 4-0

Here's a look at the most significant takeaways from Tuesday night's action.

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