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Tuesday, 15 April 2008 19:35
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 BOSTON (AP) -Patrice Brisebois snapped a scoreless tie late in the second period, rookie Carey Price posted his first playoff shutout and the Montreal Canadiens moved within one game of advancing with a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
The Canadiens, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, lead the best-of-seven, first-round series 3-1.
The teams played evenly for much of the hard-hitting, fast-paced game until Brisebois scored on a power play with 42 seconds left in the second period.
Then Carey continued doing what he had done throughout the series: shut down Boston's mediocre offense.
Carey, the fifth overall pick in the 2005 draft, stopped 27 shots.
Flyers 6, Capitals 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Danny Briere has played more like the top player in the league than likely MVP Alex Ovechkin, scoring two more goals with an assist, helping Philadelphia take a 2-1 series lead.
The Flyers scored three goals in a 2:33 span in the first period. Briere scored first, and after Eric Fehr quickly tied the game with his first playoff goal, Scottie Hartnell and Sami Kapanen scored 17 seconds apart to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead.
Mike Green's power-play goal pulled the Capitals to 3-2 at 7:28 of the second, and Briere restored the two-goal lead with 9.8 seconds left in the period.
Brooks Laich beat Martin Biron with 4:34 left in the game to make it 4-3, but Mike Richards scored on a penalty shot not even 2 minutes later to seal the win, and Mike Knuble added an empty-netter with 1:05 remaining.
Ducks 4, Stars 2
DALLAS (AP) - Chris Pronger scored two power-play goals after assisting on Anaheim's first goal, and the Ducks cut their series deficit to 2-1.
Dallas lost for the seventh time in its last eight home playoff games and missed a chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Todd Marchant, Ryan Getzlaf and Pronger scored three goals on four shots in the first 14 1/2 minutes. Pronger scored again about 5 1/2 minutes into the second period. Stars captain Brenden Morrow scored two power-play goals 1:39 apart in the third period, but Jean-Sebastien Giguere held firm the rest of the way.
Giguere had 31 saves, four during a 4-minute power play after Mathieu Schneider got called for high-sticking Morrow.
Avalanche 5, Wild 1
DENVER (AP) - Jose Theodore stopped 24 of 25 shots and Colorado used a three-goal first-period to rout Minnesota and tie the first-round playoff series at two games each.
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.
Minnesota collected an astounding 111 minutes of penalty time, 24 by Derek Boogaard, who was ejected, and 35 by Stephane Veilleux, who received a 10-minute misconduct that was assessed at game's end. Colorado collected 43 minutes of penalty time.
Andrew Brunette, Wojtek Wolski and Tyler Arnason scored in a 7:07 span of the first to give the Avalanche a 3-0 lead a little more than 11 minutes into the game. Ruslan Salei and Milan Hejduk added power-play scores in the second to make it 5-0.
Mikko Koivu spoiled Theodore's shutout bid with a short-handed goal at 3:11 of the third period.
Sharks 3, Flames 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Joe Thornton scored with just 9.4 seconds left in regulation to help San Jose even the first-round series.
Thornton tipped Douglas Murray's shot from the point past Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to win a game the Sharks trailed twice.
The Flames set a franchise low for shots on goal in a playoff game, mustering just 10 against the Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov. The previous low was 15.
Ryane Clowe scored his fourth of the series and Jonathan Cheechoo had his first for the Sharks.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist and Dion Phaneuf also scored. Kiprusoff, who was pulled just 3 1/2 minutes into Sunday's Game 3 after giving up three goals, stopped 29 shots.
 

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