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|Tuesday, 22 April 2008 23:48|
Wednesday, April 23
No games scheduled.
-Joffrey Lupul, Flyers, scored the series-clinching goal 6:06 into overtime to lift Philadelphia over Washington 3-2.
-Jeremy Roenick, Sharks, had two goals and two assists, including the tying and go-ahead scores, to lead San Jose past Calgary 5-3.
Philadelphia upended Washington 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday to clinch its first playoff series win since before the lockout: In 2004, the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference finals. The loss dropped the Capitals to 1-5 in Game 7s and prevented them from winning their first playoff series since 1998, when they made it to the Stanley Cup finals.
San Jose scored twice on the power play in its 5-3 win over Calgary on Tuesday after going 4-for-27 in the series' first six games. The Sharks earned their fourth straight trip to the second round.
Martin Biron made 39 saves in Philadelphia's 3-2 overtime victory over Washington on Tuesday, snapping a string of five straight losses this season when playing on the second of consecutive nights.
Philadelphia's 3-2 overtime win over Washington on Tuesday sent the Flyers to a second-round matchup with top-seeded Montreal. Second-seeded Pittsburgh faces the New York Rangers in the other Eastern Conference semifinal. In the West, San Jose's 5-3 win over Calgary set up a second-round showdown with Pacific Division-rival Dallas and matched top-seeded Detroit against rival Colorado.
Only Zdeno Chara and Dion Phaneuf stand in the way of Nicklas Lidstrom winning a sixth Norris Trophy. The three finalists for the award that goes to the NHL's top defenseman were announced Tuesday. Lidstrom has won the honor five of the past six seasons. The Calder Trophy finalists for rookie of the year will be announced Wednesday.
Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov skated during an optional practice Tuesday, an indication that he could be ready to play in the second round. He is expected to go through the team's full practice Wednesday. Zubov has been out since Jan. 19 with a variety of ailments, including surgery Feb. 24 to place a screw in a bone in his right foot.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz and his staff received contract extensions after an unexpected fourth straight trip to the playoffs. The extensions for Trotz, associate coach Brent Peterson, assistant coach Peter Horachek and goaltending coach Mitch Korn were announced Tuesday. The previous contract for Trotz, the expansion franchise's only coach, expired at the end of the season.
ON THE MEND
Detroit forward Tomas Kopecky had surgery on his left knee and is expected to be able to play at the start of next season. The team said Tuesday his torn ligament was successfully repaired and that he will need four to six months to recover. Kopecky was hurt April 3 against Columbus.
``To have the referee decide the series like that, with two teams battling like that, is tough to swallow. I definitely didn't think it was a penalty.'' - Washington defenseman Tom Poti, after being called for a tripping penalty in overtime of the Capitals' 3-2 season-ending loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.