DETROIT, MI - APRIL 15: Detroit fans celebrate before Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 15, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.
Matt Greene and the rest of the Kings defenseman survived some very close calls, but they have a 3-0 lead in their pockets and will be looking to end the series in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Brown bags it
Kings right-winger Dustin Brown, second from left, continues his scoring tear against the Canucks. His play has been the difference in Games 2 and 3.
Canucks goalie Cory Schneider was given the nod to start Game 3 over Roberto Luongo. He played a near flawless game.
Time to grapple
Kings center Anze Kopitar, not much of a fighter, couldn't help himself here as he got tangled up with Canucks right-winger Alex Burrows.
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) collides with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11), of Yugoslavia to knock Kopitar to the ice during the second period of Game 3 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 15, 2012.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick keeps his eyes on the puck to make a stop against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period. Quick would go on to save all 41 shots the Canucks sent his way.
Strangely, Game 2 played out very similarly to Game 1, with the winning team hanging on to a 3-0 lead. In the end, the Panthers will now need to win one on the road if they want to win the series.
New Jersey right-winger Steve Bernier checks Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson into the boards during a furious comeback attempt by the Devils.
Stop right there
Panthers goalie Jose Theodore produced a number of clutch saves to help Florida hang on to the 3-0 lead they built and gain the split they needed after losing Game 1.
New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates the second Devils goal of the third period just 2:02 into the action.
Panthers goalie Jose Theodore watches a shot by Devils right-winger Dainius Zubrus sail wide. Florida looked like they would cruise after building a 3-0 lead after two periods, but the Devils' third-period rally came up short as the Panthers won 4-2.
Devils right-winger Steve Bernier elbows Panthers center Shawn Matthias in the face as they battle for the puck in the second period. It took the Devils a while to get going, but they made the Panthers really sweat in the third.
Panthers center Stephen Weiss made the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year career, and he celebrated by notching two goals in Game 2 against the Devils. Florida would need both of them to maintain their lead.
New Jersey's David Clarkson Alexei Ponikarovsky combine to draw two penalties on Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson. This would set up a five-on-three power play, and the Panthers took advantage by scoring the second goal that put them up 2-0.
Walk it off
Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers exits the ice after warmups prior to his game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. NHLI via Getty ImagesLen Redkoles
Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby fight during the first period.
Don't lose your head
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang dukes it out with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere scores against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Detroit Red Wings fans get in the playoff spirit before Game 3 against the Nashville Predators. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
Check the list
Nashville's coaches watch the team warm up before Game 3 in Detroit. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
Watch your head
Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators tries to check Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3. Weber was fined for a controversial hit to Zetterberg's head in Game 1. Getty ImagesGregory Shamus
Fans show their support for the Red Wings before Game 3 in Detroit. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
Brad Stuart of the Detroit Red Wings controls the puck as Andrei Kostitsyn of the Nashville Predators falls on the ice. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck with Brad Stuart of the Detroit Red Wings while Jimmy Howard tends net. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
Martin Erat of the Nashville Predators takes a shot on net. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
In the corner
Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators fights for the puck at the boards along with Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek
Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators looks to make a save on Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings. NHLI via Getty ImagesDave Reginek