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Wednesday, 16 April 2008 22:26
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, April 17
Boston at Montreal (7 p.m. EDT). The Canadiens, who have beaten the Bruins 10 times in 11 tries this season, will advance to the second round with a victory in Game 5.

STARS
Wednesday
-Marc Staal, Rangers, scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:13 left to help the New York Rangers beat New Jersey 5-3.
-Dan Hamhuis and Shea Weber, Predators, scored in a 32-second span in the first period to help Nashville defeat Detroit 3-2.

SWEEP
Pittsburgh completed the four-game sweep of its first-round series with Ottawa after a 3-1 win on Wednesday night. The Penguins recorded their first sweep in 16 years and first playoff series win since 2001 while avenging last year's first-round loss to the Senators.

GOAT TO HERO
Rookie defenseman Marc Staal helped the New York Rangers take a 3-1 series lead in the quarterfinals by scoring his first NHL playoff goal with 3:13 left to key a 5-3 win over New Jersey on Wednesday night. The Devils won Game 3 on Sunday when John Madden's centering pass went off Staal's skate and into the net for a 4-3 victory.

QUICK WORKERS
Nashville scored two goals in less than a minute for the third straight game on Wednesday night, tallying twice in 32 seconds during the first period of a 3-2 victory over Detroit that evened the quarterfinal series at two games apiece. The Predators scored 11 seconds apart in a Game 2 loss before becoming the first team to go from trailing to leading in less than 10 seconds by getting two goals in nine seconds late in the third period to take Game 3.

DUCK ON THE MEND
Corey Perry, Anaheim's top goal scorer (29) despite missing the last 12 games of the regular season, went through another full practice Wednesday without any apparent setbacks and hopes to play in Game 4 on Thursday night, when the Ducks will try to even the series against Dallas before returning home. Perry hasn't played since March 6, when the quad tendon above his right knee was lacerated by the skate of Colorado goalie Jose Theodore.

SERGEI STAYING
Sergei Samsonov, a midseason waiver-wire pickup who blossomed as the right wing on Carolina's second line, signed a three-year, $7.6 million contract Wednesday to remain with the Hurricanes. He had 14 goals and 18 assists in 38 games with the Hurricanes, who claimed him Jan. 8 after he was waived by Chicago.

SPEAKING
``There's a bunch of guys that aren't being hard enough and not giving enough effort. That's when things start breaking down and the puck ends up in the back of the net.'' - Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr on the Flames blowing a two-goal lead in the final five minutes of Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to San Jose.
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``You couldn't get much lower than last game. To silence 20,000 people is not a good feeling,'' - New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on scoring the game-winning goal three days after a puck clipped his skate and went in for New Jersey's winning goal in overtime of Game 3. The Rangers beat the Devils 5-3 on Wednesday to take a 3-1 series lead in the quarterfinals.
 

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