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Saturday, 19 April 2008 00:15
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, April 19
San Jose at Calgary (8 p.m. EDT). The Sharks, one win away from a fourth straight trip to the second round of the playoffs, visit the Flames for Game 6.

STARS
Friday
-Johan Franzen, Red Wings, scored 1:48 into overtime to give Detroit a 2-1 win over Nashville.
-Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ducks, made 40 saves to help Anaheim beat Dallas 5-2.

BRAGGING RIGHTS
The New York Rangers eliminated division-rival New Jersey for the fourth time in five playoff series after a 5-3 victory in Game 5 of the quarterfinals on Friday night. Never had a team won three road games against New Jersey in a playoff series, but the Rangers did it in the first season at the Devils' new arena, the Prudential Center. The Rangers are in the second round for the second consecutive season after a 10-year absence.

DUCKING ELIMINATION
Defending champion Anaheim avoided elimination Friday night with a 5-2 home win over Dallas in Game 5 of the first round. The Stars won the first two games of the series at the Honda Center.

ROAD WOES
Nashville dropped to 0-10 in road playoff games after falling at Detroit 2-1 in overtime in Game 5 of the quarterfinals. The Predators need to beat Detroit at home on Sunday and then snap their skid as visitors in Game 7 on Tuesday to advance.

DENIED
John Madden failed to score on New Jersey's first-ever postseason penalty shot during the third period of a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night that eliminated the Devils in five games. With the Rangers leading 4-3, Madden was awarded a penalty shot with 7:08 left after Dan Girardi dragged him down with a sweeping dive with his stick. Madden couldn't net the tying goal when his backhander at the right post was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist's pads.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Nashville goalie Dan Ellis stopped 52 shots, but allowed Johan Franzen to score 1:48 into overtime for a 2-1 loss in Game 5 of the quarterfinals on Friday night. The top-seeded Red Wings took a three games to two lead in the series and can eliminate the Predators on Sunday.

TOOTOO DID TOO
Detroit forward Kris Draper said Nashville's Jordin Tootoo intentionally stepped on his back when both were going for a puck along the boards in Game 4 of their first-round series on Wednesday night. Tootoo wasn't called for a penalty and Draper wasn't injured during the sequence in question in the Predators' series-evening win over the Red Wings.

SPEAKING
``Everyone talks about how much class I don't have, well it's the end of the series and men go to war against each other. I guess he forgot to shake my hand.'' - Rangers forward Sean Avery on New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur not shaking his hand after New York eliminated the Devils in Game 5 on Friday night. Avery crashed into Brodeur several times in the series and tried to distract him by waving his stick in the goalie's face in Game 3
 

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