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Halak to the rescue as Rask opts out of playoffs

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Three Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Saturday’s exciting action saw three teams take close games to go up 2-1 in their respective series, while Vegas welcomed back The Flower and edged Chicago and is now one win away from advancing to the next round.

There are five games on tap today starting with the nooner between New York an Washington.

Boston Bruins 3, Carolina Hurricanes 1

Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves, and Charlie Coyle and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist in the Boston Bruins 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Halak got the start afte Tuukka Rask opted out of the remainder of the playoffs.

The Bruins lead the series two games to one.

SBN Recaps: Stanley Cup of Chowder / Canes Country

Arizona Coyotes 4, Colorado Avalanche 2

Darcy Kuemper tied a career-high with 49 saves in the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Derek Stepan, Brad Richardson, Taylor Hall and former Florida Panthers draft choice Lawson Crouse scored for the Coyotes.

The Avalanche lead the series two games to one.

SBN Recap: Mile High Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

Brayden Point and Victor Hedman scored in the second period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning held off the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 3-2 win in Game 3. Andrei Vasilevskiy had to make just 15 saves, and Alex Killorn scored the other goal for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning lead the series two games to one.

SBN Recaps: Raw Charge / The Cannon

Vegas Golden Knights 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the series and finished the game with 26 saves as the Vegas Golden Knights put the Chicago Blackhawks on the brink with a 2- 1 victory. William Karlsson and Patrick Brown scored for Vegas, who have won six straight games to start the NHL postseason.

The Golden KNights lead the series three games to none.

SBN Recaps: Knights On Ice / Second City Hockey

Today’s Games

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders 12 p.m. USA (NYI leads 2-0)

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames 2 p.m. CNBC (CGY leads 2-1)

Vegas Golden Knights at Chicago Blackhawks 6:30 p.m. NBCSN (VGK leads 3-0)

Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens 8 p.m. NBC (Series tied 1-1)

St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks 10:30 p.m. NBCSN (VAN leads 2-0)