|NHL Playoff Capsules|
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|Wednesday, 09 April 2008 19:23|
Ryan Callahan surprised Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with a goal-scoring swoop around the net in the third period, and the Rangers wrested away home-ice advantage from New Jersey. Brendan Shanahan, Sean Avery and Nigel Dawes also scored for the Rangers, who went 7-0-1 against New Jersey in the regular season.
Paul Martin scored a power-play goal and Brodeur stopped 24 shots for the Devils, who'll host Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Friday night.
Penguins 4, Senators 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gary Roberts and Petr Sykora scored in the first period and the favored Penguins, determined not to duplicate their awful postseason opener of a year ago, rode Marc-Andre Fleury's goaltending after that to a victory over Ottawa in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Roberts had two goals, only one fewer than he had during an injury-interrupted season, and Evgeni Malkin - the NHL's No. 2 scorer - had a goal and two assists. Pittsburgh, which never recovered from its opening-game 6-3 loss to Ottawa during their five-game series last April, takes a 1-0 lead into Game 2 on Friday night. The Penguins have won their last nine home games.
Fleury made 26 saves in his first career playoff shutout, improving to 11-2-1 since returning Feb. 28 from a nearly three-month layoff with a badly sprained ankle.
Avalanche 3, Wild 2, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Joe Sakic tipped in a shot by Ruslan Salei from the point midway through the first overtime period, his eighth career playoff goal in extra time, to send the Colorado Avalanche past the Minnesota Wild.
The goal came at 11:11 of OT and gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in this first-round series. Game 2 is at Minnesota on Friday.
Kurt Sauer and Ryan Smyth scored for the Avalanche.
Mikko Koivu, with help from Avs defenseman Chris Finger's skate, and Todd Fedoruk had goals to tie it.
Flames 3, Sharks 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Stephane Yelle scored two goals, Miikka Kiprusoff made 37 saves and the seventh-seeded Calgary Flames stunned the NHL's second-best regular-season team in their first-round opener, beating the Sharks.
Dion Phaneuf also scored a power-play goal for the Flames, who opened the best-of-seven Western Conference series with three opportunistic goals and a late defensive scramble to win a game largely controlled by the Sharks. Game 2 is Thursday night.
Ryane Clowe scored two goals as San Jose outshot Calgary 39-23, but the Flames generated three scores in the first 40 minutes and then held on after Clowe's second score with 56 seconds to play. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 20 shots for the Sharks, who hadn't lost a home game in regulation since Feb. 14.