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Thursday, 24 April 2008 23:19
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, April 25
N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh (7 p.m. EDT). Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who won two Stanley Cup titles with the Penguins, returns to the Steel City for his first playoff appearance against his former team.

STARS
Thursday
-Alex Kovalev and Tom Kostopoulos, Canadiens. Kovalev scored twice, including with 28.6 seconds left in regulation, and Kostopoulos scored 48 seconds into overtime to lift Montreal over Philadelphia 4-3.
-Johan Franzen, Red Wings, scored two goals and had an assist to help Detroit get past Colorado 4-3.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
Philadelphia fell to Montreal 4-3 in overtime on Thursday in a game it was leading 2-0 after one period. The Flyers also went up 3-2 early in the third but surrendered the lead with 28.6 seconds left. Philadelphia also blew two-goal leads in Games 1 and 6 of its first-round series against Washington, and lost both games.

AVALANCHE OF INJURIES
Peter Forsberg sat out Colorado's 4-3 series-opening loss to Detroit on Thursday after pulling his groin in the team's morning skate. The Avalanche also pulled goalie Jose Theodore early in the second period and sent him to the team hotel, saying he was sick, after giving up four goals on 16 shots. Colorado also had forward Wojtek Wolski on the ice for less than 4 minutes before he left the game with an upper-body injury.

GOOD SPORTS
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, Buffalo's Jason Pominville and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis are finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy given to the NHL player who best combines sportsmanship with playing ability. Datsyuk won the Lady Byng in 2006 and 2007, and could become the first player to win it three times in a row since the New York Rangers' Frank Boucher captured the award from 1933-35. Boucher won the award seven times in eight seasons.

SPEAKING
``If you were to ask the guys that played in those series, they wouldn't be commenting on this one now. So, I don't really feel that this is the time for me to comment on or compare the series because there's new players on both sides.'' - Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, on comparing the Red Wings' current series with Colorado to past playoff matchups between the two teams. Osgood made 18 saves to help Detroit beat the Avalanche 4-3 in Game 1 on Thursday.
 

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