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Friday, 18 April 2008 00:12
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, April 18
N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey (7:30 p.m., EDT). The Rangers can eliminate the Devils for the fourth time in five playoff series with a win in Game 5.

STARS
Thursday
-Mike Knuble, Flyers, poked in the game-winner 6:40 into the second overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over Washington.
-Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo, Sharks. Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Cheechoo added two goals in the third that sent San Jose to a 4-3 victory over Calgary.
-Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny, Avalanche, scored 79 seconds apart early in the third period to help Colorado edge Minnesota 3-2.

EXTRA, EXTRA
Philadelphia and Washington played the first double overtime game of this year's playoffs, with the Flyers winning 4-3 to take a 3-1 lead in that first-round series. Philadelphia has won three straight in the series and can eliminate the Southeast Division-champion Capitals on Saturday in Washington.

CHAMPS ON THE ROPES
Defending champion Anaheim is a loss away from elimination after falling at Dallas 3-1 in Game 4 of the quarterfinals on Thursday night. No reigning champ has reached the second round since Colorado in 2002.

PLEADING THE FIFTH
Colorado and San Jose each broke 2-2 ties in its respective quarterfinal series with victories on Thursday night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, more than 80 percent (158 of 196) of the Game 5 winners of previously tied playoff series have advanced to the next round in NHL history. Detroit and Nashville are also tied two games apiece heading into Game 5 of that series on Friday night.

STAYING ALIVE
Boston avoided elimination in its first-round series with Montreal by posting a 5-1 victory in Game 5 on Thursday night. The Bruins beat the Canadiens for only the second time in 13 tries this season.

OZZIE IS IN
Chris Osgood will start in goal when Detroit hosts Nashville in the pivotal Game 5 in the best-of-seven series Friday night. Hasek was benched after giving up three goals on 14 shots Wednesday night a 3-2 loss at Nashville that tied the quarterfinals at two games apiece. Osgood had 13 saves in relief.

WELCOME BACK
goalie Jose Theodore. Fellow right wing Rob Niedermayer did not make the trip to Dallas, remaining home with concussion-like symptoms.

SITTING OUT
Mark Streit has a hip injury and sat out Montreal's playoff game against Boston on Thursday. Coach Guy Carbonneau said the defenseman was injured in the second period of Game 4 on Tuesday in Boston and is day to day. Michael Ryder will replace Streit. ... Dallas defenseman Philippe Boucher missed Thursday night's playoff game against Anaheim with what the club termed a lower-body injury.

SPEAKING
``It's an unbelievable feeling to score in this town and hear the building go nuts. You pinch yourself. You can't believe it's happening.'' - Philadelphia's Mike Knuble after scoring in double overtime Thursday night to give the host Flyers a 4-3 win over Washington and a 3-1 series lead in the quarterfinals.
 

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