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Thursday, April 10
Boston at Montreal (7 p.m. EDT). The Canadiens swept the eight-game season series and have beaten the Bruins 11 straight times dating to March 20, 2007.
-Gary Roberts and Evgeni Malkin, Penguins. Roberts scored twice and Malkin added a goal and two assists to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 win over Ottawa.
-Joe Sakic, Avalanche, scored 11:11 into overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 win at Minnesota.
-Stephane Yelle and Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames. Yelle scored two goals and Kiprusoff made 37 saves and Calgary held off San Jose 3-2.
-Scott Gomez, Rangers, had three assists to help New York top New Jersey 4-1.
Colorado captain Joe Sakic scored his NHL-record eighth career playoff overtime goal in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Minnesota in the opener of that first-round series. He has two more than former Montreal great Maurice Richard.
Seventh-seeded Calgary handed San Jose its first regulation home loss since Feb. 14 with a 3-2 win in the opener of that first-round series. The Flames recorded their fourth straight playoff win at the Shark Tank, where Calgary swept all three of its games in the 2004 Western Conference finals - the last playoff series the Flames won. Calgary also won two of its three games in San Jose during the 1995 playoffs, giving the Flames six wins in seven postseason games at the Shark Tank. This victory was the first playoff win for veteran Calgary coach Mike Keenan since 1996.
Former Devil Scott Gomez had three assists in helping the New York Rangers defeat New Jersey 4-1 in the opening game of that first-round series on Wednesday night. Gomez, who had 21 goals and 44 assists in 97 playoff games with New Jersey before signing with the Rangers last summer, heard boss every time he touched the puck. The only goal he didn't have a hand in was Nigel Dawes' empty-netter in the final seconds.
Gary Roberts had two goals in Pittsburgh's 4-0 playoff-opening win over Ottawa on Wednesday night, one fewer than he had during an injury-interrupted season. Roberts played on Toronto teams that eliminated the Senators three times during a four-season span from 2001-04.
Dallas won five of eight against first-round opponent Anaheim during the regular season and got a shootout point in one of the losses. The Ducks were 20-5-1 following Teemu Selanne's return on Feb. 5, with two of the wins coming in their final two games against the Stars. The teams meet in the first-round opener on Thursday night.
OUT AND IN
Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau has all but ruled out having Saku Koivu in the lineup for the series' opening game against Boston on Thursday night in Montreal. Koivu broke a small bone in his left foot while blocking a shot during a game March 28 in Buffalo. Defenseman Francis Bouillon is also expected to sit out with an ankle injury, while forward Michael Ryder is back from a sore knee and defenseman Mike Komisarek is likely to return from a hip injury.
INJURY LIST GROWS
Ottawa - already without key injured regulars Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly - played most of the final two periods without defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who was cut in the forehead by an Evgeni Malkin slap shot in Pittsburgh's 4-0 win on Wednesday night.
Minnesota winger Mark Parrish left Wednesday night's playoff opener against Colorado with a head injury following an awkward run-in with Ruslan Salei in the second period. As a loose puck trickled toward the Wild bench, Parrish and Salei gave chase, with a minor collision before Parrish hit the boards hard. He crumpled to the ice and remained there for nearly 10 minutes. Parrish was eventually helped off the ice by team trainers.
``For the last 15 games, he has been the best goalie in the National Hockey League, so I am not surprised,'' Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien on Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 4-0 series-opening win over Ottawa.