After the Sharks won a convincing victory in game 5 to go up 3-1, goaltender Anti Niemi gave up 3 goals on 4 shots as the LA Kings live to play another day. Boston pushed Montreal to the brink of elimination, Tampa made their series interesting, and the Capitals finished off the Rangers.
LA beats San Jose: While the Sharks remain in the driver's seat to win the series, there are suddenly big question marks surrounding goaltender Anti Niemi who will likely be benched in game 6 in place of Antero Nittymaki. (SJ leads series 3-2)
Boston beats Montreal: Brad Marchand is going to be a great player in this league, as he was the best player on the ice as the Bruins went up 3 games to 2. PK Subban did not look like himself. This series belongs to the Bruins. (Bos leads series 3-2)
Tampa beats Pittsburgh: Steve Stamkos finally decided to show up, as the Lightning zapped the Penguins 8-2. If the genie is out of the bottle, this could present a big problem for the injury riddled Pens. (Pit leads series 3-2)
Washington eliminates New York: Was there ever any doubt? This might be the year of the Capitals. I know that I wasn't really going out on a limb to pick the 1st place team in the East to win the East, but it is still nice to see them advance. Ovechkin is fun to watch, and I like to see him continue playing. (Wsh won series 4-1)