National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules 4/11

National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules 4/11

National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules
April 12th, 2007

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Neil had a breakaway goal and added an assist as the Ottawa Senators cruised past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, at Scotiabank Place in the opening contest of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Joe Corvo added two assists in his first postseason affair while Peter Schaefer and Anton Volchenkov also finished with two helpers apiece for fourth-seeded Ottawa, which spoiled Sidney Crosby's playoff debut. Ray Emery came away with 23 saves in a winning effort. Crosby did register a goal in his first playoff contest and had another waved off for the Penguins, who skated in their first postseason game since 2001. Sergei Gonchar and 18-year-old Jordan Staal lit the lamp as well for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 30 shots in defeat. Game 2 of this series will be played in Ottawa on Saturday, with the opening faceoff slated for 3 p.m. (et).

Final Score: San Jose 5, Nashville 4 (2-OT)

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Patrick Rissmiller scored 8:14 into the second overtime as the San Jose Sharks took Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators at Nashville Arena. Rissmiller, Craig Rivet and Mike Grier each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who are looking to knock off Nashville in the first round for the second straight season. Evgeni Nabokov finished the game with 39 saves. The win came at a cost, however, as Jonathan Cheechoo left the game in the second period after getting hit in his right knee by the knee of Scott Hartnell, who received a major and a game misconduct on the play. San Jose coach Ron Wilson said Cheechoo is going to get an MRI on Thursday and his status for the next game is uncertain. J.P. Dumont and Alexander Radulov each scored two goals for the Predators, who played in their first postseason overtime game. Vokoun stopped 33 shots in the game. Game 2 of the series will be played on Friday night in Nashville.

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Dallas 4 (4-OT)

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin scored on a one-timer with 1:54 remaining in the fourth overtime, as Vancouver outlasted Dallas, 5-4, at GM Place in a marathon Game 1 of the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals. Twin brother Daniel Sedin corralled a feed from Mattias Ohlund behind the Stars goal line, took a stride out and then spotted his brother cruising in on net. He feathered a pass through traffic and onto the stick of Henrik, who fired it past Marty Turco to end the game. Daniel Sedin finished with a goal and an assist while Roberto Luongo made an astounding 72 saves, as the Canucks were outshot 76-56. Brenden Morrow finished with a goal and an assist while opposing netminder Marty Turco turned away 51 shots for Dallas, which overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to force the extra time.

Final Score: Anaheim 2, Minnesota 1

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Penner's goal with 5:20 left in the third period was the game-winner, as Anaheim topped Minnesota, 2-1, in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Honda Center. Teemu Selanne also scored for the Ducks, and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots to earn the win. Pavol Demitra tallied for the Wild, and Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves in defeat. Game 2 will take place on Friday in Anaheim at 10:30 p.m. (et).

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