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NHL playoffs: 4 stories from Thursday night

04/17/2015 02:12 EDT | Updated 07/02/2015 05:59 EDT
The Canucks and Predators held off elimination while the Capitals dominated the Islanders and the Lightning stormed back to win in overtime.

Here are four stories from Thursday nigh'st NHL playoff action:

Canucks stay alive

The Vancouver Canucks have lived to fight another day.

Vancouver avoided elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Flames, pulling within a game of Calgary. The series now stands at 3-2, with Game 6 set for Saturday night at the Saddledome (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 9 p.m. ET).

The Canucks trailed 1-0 with less than seven minutes to go in the second period when Nick Bonino tied the game with a perfect top-corner snipe off a behind-the-net pass from Radim Vrbata.

Daniel Sedin netted the go-ahead goal, his sixth career playoff game-winner, 1:47 into the third, completing the comeback.

​Forsberg becomes #Scoresberg

Hours after being snubbed in the Calder Trophy nominations, Predators rookie Filip Forsberg scored a hat trick to help Nashville stay alive by defeating the Blackhawks 5-2, making the series 3-2 in Chicago's favour. It was the first post-season hat trick in franchise history.

The three-goal performance was the first of Forsberg's career and it couldn't have come at a better moment. The NHL used a special hashtag on Twitter in his honour.

Forsberg's second goal was part of a two-goal stretch for the Predators that saw them score twice in 12 seconds to take a commanding 4-1 lead.

Chicago's Patrick Kane had an incredible spin-o-rama pass to set up Kris Versteeg for the Blackhawks' second goal.

Caps crush Isles

The Washington Capitals took a 3-2 lead in their series against the Islanders with a 5-1 romp over New York.

The third period was all Washington, with the Capitals scoring three goals over a seven-and-a-half minute stretch, including an effort from Evgeni Kuznetsov. The rookie quickly penetrated New York's zone, slipped past defenders and netted a backhanded tally in world-class fashion. Kutznetsov scored twice in the game, including his first career playoff point.

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was pulled 11 minutes into the third after allowing five goals on 35 shots.

New York's Anders Lee took on the Capitals' Tom Wilson, giving him a bloody mouth only five minutes into the game. Wilson was accused of a dirty hit on Lubomir Visnovsky in Game 4.

Johnson leads Lightning back

It was looking great for Detroit, and dire for Tampa Bay, until the final minutes of Game 5 of their series.

Trailing 2-0 with less than six minutes left in regulation, the Lightning scored twice to force overtime, where they beat the Red Wings 3-2 to even the series at two apiece.

Tyler Johnson had a hand in all three goals. After he scored to put Tampa Bay on the board with 5:26 to go in regulation, Ondrej Palat scored with just over four minutes left on a beautiful pass from Johnson.

Even though Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek was coming off his first post-season shutout he wasn't able to shut the door on Johnson, who benefited from an incredible pass from defenceman Victor Hedman for the OT winner.

A rough moment for Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop came in the second period when he mishandled the puck after a shot from Detroit`s Joakim Andersson, resulting in a goal.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, Detroit fans were treated to the usual playoff experience, including the obligatory octopus whip.

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