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Bet on the NHLAs the NHL hockey season comes closer to its end with each passing game, the excitement in the air becomes even more palpable.

Sunday's games between the Red Wings and Sharks, as well as the Lighting and Capitals, were both close, with the Lightning-Capitals game going to overtime before one of the teams came out on top. Let's take a look at these two matchups featuring some of the best teams playing hockey right now.

The Sharks have now opened a two games to none series lead over the Red Wings. When your defense scores and your offensive powerhouse forwards play solid defense, a win is pretty much guaranteed. And the Sharks did this on Sunday, with no good answers coming from the Red Wings camp. San Jose had a few more shots on the goal and a few more faceoffs won, which added up to a one goal deficit that Detroit could not battle back from.

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The Capitals pushed their Game Two against the Lightning to overtime before losing 3-2 in one of the more exciting sports events of the weekend. Vincent Lecavalier scored twice over Alex Ovechkin, including putting in the game-winning goal. The Lightning are on fire right now, and have gotten a 2-0 lead on the series over the No. 1 seed Washington Capitals. Game Three will be played in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, with Game Four on Wednesday, where the Lightning could close out the series.

For both the Red Wings and the Capitals, being down 2-0 is not the start that they wanted in their respective semifinals rounds. But at least the Red Wings will move back to their own home ice for Game Three, where they have a better chance of getting at least one win and possibly coming within even of the Sharks.

The Washington Capitals have more to worry about, however, as they gave up two games on their home ice, and now have to win at least one on the road to stay in the series. And even if they come back after two in Tampa with a 3-1 deficit, their chances of winning the series are incredibly low.


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