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NHL: The Bruins stole the first two games of their series with the Flyers on Philly's home ice, now they will get a chance to close out the best-of-seven series with back-to-back wins in Beantown. Vezina Trophy finalist Tim Thomas was out of his mind in Game 2, making a total of 52 saves in his team's 3-2 overtime win. On the other end of the ice, the Flyers' Brian Boucher has been shaky, allowing seven goals in the series opener. If any team knows how to stage a comeback, it's the Flyers, but can they come from behind two years in a row (7 p.m., Versus)?

The Lightning takes a six-game win streak into tonight's Game 4 with the Capitals; make that streak seven and they're headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Up 3-0 on the top-seeded Caps, Tampa Bay has a chance to sweep in front of its home crowd tonight. Washington will try to avoid another early exit; despite outstanding regular season play over the last four years, they only have won two playoff series since reaching the finals in 1998 (7 p.m., TSN).

After holding serve on their home ice, the Sharks look to add to their 2-0 series lead when they visit the Red Wings in the Motor City tonight. Last season San Jose was stymied by Antti Niemi, then in net for the Blackhawks. This year they've got him on their side and he has allowed just two goals combined in the first two games of this series (8 p.m., Versus).

NBA: One day after being named the NBA MVP Derrick Rose will look to lead the Bulls to a series-tying win over the Hawks. Atlanta, buoyed by 34 points from Joe Johnson, stole Game 1 at the United Center to take an early series lead. To add insult to injury, Rose re-tweaked his sprained left ankle in the final minute of Monday's contest, but X-rays were negative and he participated fully in Tuesday's practice. If history is any indicator, Chicago will need Rose to play like an MVP to take control of this series (8 p.m., TNT).

The Mavs look to build off of Monday's 96-94 comeback win when they face the Lakers in Game 2 tonight at the Staples Center (10:30, TNT). Kobe Bryant scored 21 of his 36 points in the second half, but his key errors down the stretch helped Dallas clinch the win. Bryant and the Lakers need to come out fast and stay strong or they will find themselves in a 2-0 hole with the series heading to the Lone Star State.

MLB: While some teams are streaking (like the Indians, winners of seven straight), others are slumping (like the league-worst White Sox, who were no-hit by Francisco Liriano last night). With 16 games on the schedule tonight, the early season standings will continue to shake out.

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