The most electric two-year run in Sabres history was in full swing 10 years ago. The "scary good" Sabres were ready to upset Ottawa in the second round of the 2006 playoffs, and the answer from fans was "yes" when Rick Jeanneret asked, "Now do you believe?"
Relive the first of two marches to the Eastern Conference finals with our memory-churning look back. See the covers of the Sports section and click on the story links.
— Buffalo News Sports (@TBNSports) May 9, 2016
Two teams had a chance to advance to the Western Conference final Monday night. Now, four teams have a chance.
It'll be Game Seven times two.
Viktor Arvidsson's first playoff goal came at the perfect time, 2:03 into overtime to lift Nashville to a 4-3 victory over San Jose. The Predators' victory evened the series at 3-3 and forced Game Seven on Thursday in San Jose.
Viktor Arvidsson with a wicked backhand in OT keeps the Preds alive https://t.co/c4MX3JfaK8
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) May 10, 2016
The Predators needed to win the sixth and seventh games in the first round against Anaheim to advance.
"We just kept saying, 'Let's get through this game and we've got two days,'" Nashville coach Peter Laviolette told reporters. "It's been nonstop with the travel and the fact that we're every other day since the playoffs started. It's really good for our group. We need that break, and I feel like it'll give us a push when we go out there for Game Seven."
The home team has won every game in the series.
"We've got a really good hockey team in here when guys are playing to their potential, and for long stretches or some stretches of this series, that hasn't happened," Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "Everyone needs to take a look at themselves and bring it in Game Seven. You never know what can happen."
The Predators, by the way, know how to throw a pregame party.
— Mark Purdy (@MercPurdy) May 9, 2016
The Stars avoided elimination by hunkering down in St. Louis and letting goalie Kari Lehtonen do all the work. Dallas scored three times in the first period then got 35 saves by Lehtonen in a 3-2 victory.
"Goalies have to win you games sometimes," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff told reporters. "As much as we deserved the previous game, the analytics, we can just flip them around. Go the other way."
Lehtonen makes a big save in the dying seconds to preserve the win. pic.twitter.com/cjQdIuNZle
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) May 10, 2016
The analytics were not pretty for Dallas.
— hockeystats.ca (@HockeyStatsCa) May 10, 2016
Dallas will host Game Seven on Wednesday night.
Former Sabres captain Steve Ott was scratched by St. Louis for the game, but here's a quality look at the struggles he's faced this year.
A deep look at Steve Ott's long road back to being an option for the Blues: https://t.co/pCfNXc2l6Z
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) May 9, 2016
Pittsburgh gets another chance to eliminate Washington on Tuesday night. The Penguins, who have a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal, host the Capitals at 8 p.m.
The Penguins will go with rookie Matt Murray in goal rather than Marc-Andre Fleury, who has recovered from a concussion.
"The reality is, Marc is a terrific goalie. We know that," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "Unfortunately, he suffered an injury late in the season that kept him out for an extended period of time. That's a difficult circumstance."
Washington will get back defenseman Brooks Orpik, who was suspended for three games.
From yesterday: Brooks Orpik is baaaaaack: https://t.co/kvkFagCA1Q
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) May 10, 2016