Advertisement

 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Jason Spezza scored 90 seconds into the game, and Ottawa took a 4-0 first-period lead in a 5-4 victory over New Jersey on Thursday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Joe Corvo, Dean McAmmond, Dany Heatley and Wade Redden also scored for Ottawa.
Travis Zajac, Brian Gionta and Andy Greene scored for the Devils to cut the Ottawa lead to 4-3 early in the second period. Scott Gomez beat Senators goaltender Ray Emery in close later in the period hit the post.
Redden restored the Senators' two-goal lead on a power play in the opening minute of the third period.
Zach Parise scored with 30 seconds left to bring the Devils within one goal.
Emery finished with 26 saves.
Game 2 is Saturday at New Jersey.
New Jersey played without captain Patrik Elias, who was sidelined with the effects of a lingering cold.
Sharks 2, Red Wings 0
DETROIT (AP) - Matt Carle and Mike Grier scored in a 24-second span midway through the first period and Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves for San Jose in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal.
Nabokov's shutout was his first this postseason and the fifth of his career in the playoffs. He was tied for second in the NHL with seven during the regular season.
Dominik Hasek had to make just 17 saves because the Sharks played very conservatively after taking the two-goal lead.
Game 2 is Saturday in Detroit.
The Sharks won a league-high and franchise-record 26 games on the road this season and won twice more in Nashville, including the series-winning victory in Game 5 last week.
End Capsules
Advertisement

Top NHL Public Bets

#1 30 Canada  68% Bet Now

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Halak, Europe eye another victory in Canada Injuries limited the Islanders’ Jaroslav...
Thumbnail Note's top defenseman becomes new captain For the first time since 2011, the Blues have a new wearer of the “C.”It’s an individual, though, who’s already served the organization with distinction for nearly a...
More inNHL Articles  
Advertisement

NHL Team Pages