• Lightning 3, Devils 2: After an enjoyable regular season, the Devils find themselves on the hot seat. A Game 1 win has been followed by back-to-back 3-2 losses. The Devils lost the season series, 3-1, so this shouldn't come as a complete surprise. But New Jersey must have hoped that they would play better when the games count mostn. Martin Brodeur has been only average, and he's usually great in the playoffs. The Devils can still turn it around, but they need to do it soon. Game 4 is also a road contest, which won't make things easier. Plenty of Devils fans didn't see this game, however, since it was relegated to FSNY2.

  • Sabres 3, Islanders 2: This game got ugly at the end when fans, upset with a tripping call, started throwing debris -- or "missiles," as Islanders announcer Howie Rose described it -- on the ice. The fans also had to be disgusted with the Islanders, who looked nothing like they did Saturday when they won on the road. This series could get out of hand and end in a hurry.
  • Nets 104, Knicks 95: With the win, which came in large part to Vince Carter's triple-double, the Nets swept the series from the Knicks and clinched no worse than the No. 7 seed. This game had to be on MSG because of how the TV contracts play out, but not too many Knicks fans watched. As the Nets ready for the playoffs, the Knicks count the hours to the golf season.