SCOREBOARD
Thursday, May 1
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers (7 p.m. EDT). The Penguins can complete a sweep of the Rangers and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

STARS
Wednesday
-Daniel Briere, Flyers, scored the winner on a rebound with 3:38 left to lift Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over Montreal.
-Milan Michalek, Sharks, broke a tie with 16:34 left and San Jose held off Dallas 2-1.

STILL ALIVE
San Jose avoided a four-game sweep in its second-round series with Dallas after holding on for a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night. Game 5 is Friday night in San Jose, where the Stars won the first two games of the series. The visiting team has won 14 of the past 18 games between the Pacific Division rivals, dating to last season.

FAMILIAR TERRITORY
Philadelphia went up 3-1 in its East semifinal series with top-seeded Montreal after a 4-2 win on Wednesday night. The Flyers held that same advantage during their first-round series against Washington, when they took a 3-1 lead and didn't clinch until a Game 7 overtime victory.

SCARE FOR SEAN
New York Rangers forward Sean Avery has been hospitalized after lacerating his spleen during a playoff loss to Pittsburgh. In a statement Wednesday, the team said the noted agitator was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center after New York's 5-3 loss Tuesday night and was admitted following a CT scan. The 28-year-old Avery will be out for the remainder of the season, the Rangers said, but is expected to make a full recovery.

PRICE ISN'T RIGHT
Montreal benched rookie goalie Carey Price and started Jaroslav Halak against Philadelphia on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Price was pulled after he allowed three goals in the first two periods of Philadelphia's 3-2 Game 3 victory. Halak, who hadn't started since March 29 at Toronto, made 22 saves in the 4-2 loss that gave the Flyers a three games to one lead in the series.

STU SITS
Dallas center Stu Barnes missed Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series Wednesday night against San Jose, a night after he took a hard hit to the head. Stars coach Dave Tippett said only that Barnes was ``feeling the effects'' after taking the shot to the head from Jonathan Cheechoo in the third period of Game 3 Tuesday night, which the Stars won 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead

SPEAKING
``When things are going good, people want to give you flowers. When things are going bad, heads up. The vase is coming.'' - Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron after the Flyers took a three games to one lead in their semifinal series after a 4-2 win over Montreal on Wednesday night.

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