SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 16
Pittsburgh at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). The Penguins can become the first team to advance to the second round with a victory.

STARS
Tuesday
-Joe Thornton, Sharks, scored with 9.4 seconds left in regulation to give San Jose a 3-2 win at Calgary.
-Chris Pronger, Ducks, scored two power-play goals and had an assist in Anaheim's 4-2 win at Dallas.
-Daniel Briere, Flyers, had two goals and an assist to lead Philadelphia to a 6-3 victory over Washington.
-Patrice Brisebois and Carey Price, Canadiens. Brisebois snapped a scoreless tie late in the second period and Price posted his first playoff shutout with 27 saves that preserved the 1-0 win at Boston.

STUNNING WIN
San Jose avoided a 3-1 series deficit in its quarterfinal series with Calgary by scoring twice in the final five minutes of regulation for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night. Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game at 15:06 of the third period before captain Joe Thornton won it with 9.4 seconds left. The Flames set a franchise low for shots on goal in a playoff game with 10, five shy of the previous mark set four times.

RETURNING TO FORM
Daniel Briere helped Philadelphia take a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with Washington after recording two more goals and an assist in a 6-3 win on Tuesday night. He has four goals and two assists in the first three games of this series after struggling for nearly two months in the first year of an eight-year, $52 million contract.

ONE AWAY
Montreal moved within one game of advancing to the second round after outlasting Boston 1-0 in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Canadiens have trailed just once in winning 10 of 11 games against the Bruins this season.

REGULATED
Colorado tied its quarterfinal series with Minnesota at two games apiece after posting a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night. The first three games of the series - as well as the last two when these two teams met in the 2003 playoffs - all went into overtime and ended in 3-2 scores.

HOME WOES
Dallas lost for the seventh time in eight home playoff games after falling to Anaheim 4-2 on Tuesday night. The Stars outscored the Ducks 9-2 in winning the first two games of the quarterfinals at Anaheim, but allowed three goals in the first 14 1/2 minutes on only four shots.

RETAINED
Jacques Martin, who was stripped of his coaching duties last week, said Tuesday he will accept the offer team owner Alan Cohen made to remain with Florida as their general manager and focus on front office duties. The Panthers haven't reached the postseason since 2000.

SITTING DUCK
Anaheim right wing Rob Niedermayer missed Game 3 of the Ducks' playoff series Tuesday night against Dallas because of an apparent concussion sustained earlier in the series, and wasn't even with the team. The injury apparently happened after he took a hit during the third period of the Ducks' 5-2 loss Saturday night. It wasn't clear if Niedermayer would join the team for Game 4 on Thursday night, or his status for the remainder of the series.

SIGNED
Washington signed right wing Francois Bouchard to a three-year entry-level contract Tuesday. The 19-year-old Bouchard, taken by the Capitals in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft, led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 80 assists and 125 points in 2006-07.

SPEAKING
``It's not in the spirit of the game. It worked and it's effective, but it's a gentleman's game, much like golf. I wouldn't have been happy if it had happened to me. I probably would have reacted a little differently. Sean would have been picking his teeth up off the ice if it was me.'' - New York Rangers goalie Stephen Valiquette on teammate Sean Avery's hand- and stick-waving strategy in front of New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur during Game 3 of that first round series on Sunday.

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