Through to Round Two-sday
NBA: The Hawks can end the Magic's season early with a win in tonight's Game 5. A loss would mark Orlando's first opening-round playoff exit since 2007 and put rumors of a Dwight Howard trade into high gear. (7:30 p.m., NBA TV). ... The Bulls can send the Pacers packing with a win in tonight's Game 5. Derrick Rose is officially listed as questionable with a sprained ankle, but he said Monday he's "definitely" playing. The Pacers, trailing 3-1 in the series, will have to find a way to win in front of a raucous United Center crowd if they hope to play another day. (8 p.m., TNT).
The late game pits the Hornets against the Lakers with their series tied at two games apiece. Chris Paul has been the difference for New Orleans in this series, averaging 25.5 points, 11.5 assists and 7 rebounds per game. Kobe Bryant is questionable, after spraining his left ankle in Game 4. The fate of the Lakers ' season may depend on just how much Bryant can do on that bum ankle. (10:30 p.m., TNT).
NHL:The Bruins, leading 3-2, can put away the Canadiens with a win. The series could hardly be any closer, with both teams netting 12 goals thus far and the last two games going to overtime, but Boston has the clear edge when it comes to momentum. Montreal hasn't won since starting the series with a 2-0 lead -- it'll need to get back in the win column to keep its season alive. (7 p.m., CBC).
A Game 7 is dramatic enough, but when you add in a Game 6 injury and a pack of angry teammates, the stakes get even higher. The Sabres are determined to eliminate the Flyers after Philly forward Mike Richards delivered what Buffalo's Ryan Miller called "two of the dirtiest hits in the series." The Sabres want revenge and the Flyers want another chance at the Cup they were denied last year. This should be a good one. (7:30 p.m., Versus).
After falling behind 3-0 against the league-best Canucks, the Blackhawks have stormed back to even the series. Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo was benched for Game 6 but an injury to fill-in Cory Schneider forced Luongo into the game. Luongo was in net when Ben Smith's overtime backhander won it for the Hawks. Luongo is back starting for Game 7 and his play will likely mean everything for the Canucks, who risk getting eliminated by the Hawks for a third straight year. (10 p.m., Versus).