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Monday, April 21
Boston at Montreal (7 p.m. EDT). The eighth-seeded Bruins, who lost all 20 previous best-of-seven series in which they trailed 3-1, will try to complete their bid to eliminate the top-seeded Canadiens.
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STAR
Sunday
- Stephane Robidas, Stars, scored the tying goal and then set up the game-winner 52 seconds later as Dallas downed Anaheim 4-1.

CLINCHED
Top-seeded Detroit won't miss the Western Conference semifinals this year, closing out its opening-round series with a 3-0 victory over Nashville in Game 6 on Sunday. The Red Wings, the NHL's best team in the regular season, passed Toronto for second on the list of playoff series won with 59. ... Dallas defeated Anaheim 4-1 to end the Western Conference first-round series in six games. The Stars hadn't won a playoff series since a first-rounder over Edmonton in 2003 and had dropped four straight series since then.

NO REPEAT
Defending champion Anaheim was eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-1 loss in Game 6 at Dallas on Sunday night, ending the first-round Western Conference series. The Ducks are the fifth straight defending Stanley Cup champions to fail to make the second round. The NHL hasn't had a repeat winner since Detroit in 1997-98. No champion has even taken a title to the finals since the Stars in 2000. At least Anaheim made the postseason, unlike Carolina and Tampa Bay, the two previous champs.

SHUTOUTS
Goalie Miika Kirpusoff made 21 saves as Calgary shut out San Jose 2-0 on Sunday night. The win forces a Game 7 in the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Tuesday. It's Kirpusoff first postseason shutout since the 2003-04 season when he had five in leading the Flames to the Stanley Cup finals. ... Goalie Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots in his second straight playoff start as Detroit blanked Nashville 3-0. It was Osgood's 11th career playoff shutout and 10th with the Red Wings.

SPEAKING
``I had no idea you had to carry the losses of a franchise around with you everywhere you went in the playoffs when you got to the playoffs,'' - Detroit coach Mike Babcock. The Red Wings closed out their opening series with a 3-0 victory over Nashville in Game 6 on Sunday. The win nixed any chance of a repeat of 2006, when they won the Presidents' Trophy only to lose in the first round to Edmonton in Babcock's first season.
 

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