The action was in high gear on Tuesday night as half a dozen teams faced off in 3 Semifinals tilts. Former Islanders made major contributions to a couple of those games. Let us take a look at the action:
* The Pittsburgh Penguins seized a commanding 3-0 series lead over the New York Rangers with a 5-3 win at Madison Square Garden. Martin Straka yet again proved he was one of the few Blueshirts working up to par. Straka had a goal and an assist. He now has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) on 8 games with all 9 points coming in 5 of the last 6 contests.
* The Dallas Stars grabbed a 3-0 series lead with a 2-1 OT win over the visiting San Jose Sharks. It was the second OT win of the series for Dallas. San Jose, who was tapped by many sports writers as favorites to win the Cup this year, are now facing a deficit only 2 teams have every overcome.
* Detroit and Chris Osgood kept the good times going edging the host Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to take a 3-0 series lead. The Red Wings are on the verge of returning to the Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive season, the first time they would accomplish that feat since 1995-1998 when they won 3 Cups in 4 years. Ozzie was sharp yet again for the Wings stopping 30 of 33 shots giving up only enough goals to make it interesting. Osgood is 5-0 in the playoffs stopping bucks at a .938 percentage and giving up a meager 1.44 goals per game.
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