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Friday, 09 May 2008 22:54
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, May 10
Dallas at Detroit (7 p.m., EDT). The Red Wings scored three power-play goals in a 4-1 win over the Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

Sunday, May 11
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EDT). Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

STAR
Friday
-Evgeni Malkin, Penguins, scored twice 5 minutes apart to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

CAN DO AT THE IGLOO
Pittsburgh won for the ninth in 10 playoff games and improved to 6-0 at home this postseason after defeating Philadelphia 4-2 in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night. This year's Penguins are the first team in franchise history to begin the playoffs with that many successive home-ice wins. Pittsburgh has also won 14 in a row at home, dating to the regular season.

ROCKY END
Joel Quenneville and the Avalanche mutually decided to end their relationship Friday, a week after Colorado was swept out of the playoffs by Detroit. Quenneville was 131-92-23 in three seasons with Colorado, but just 2-2 in playoff series after inheriting a team that was on the slide after a decade of dominance in the NHL.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Mike Richards scored both Philadelphia goals in a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

ALL IN THE FAMILY
On the same night Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals, the Penguins' Wilkes-Barre team beat the Flyers' Phantoms farm club Friday night to win that AHL playoff series in five games.

OLLIE OUT
Olie Kolzig confirmed Friday he won't return to Washington next season. He was drafted by the Capitals in the first round in 1989, helped them reach the 1998 Stanley Cup finals, won the Vezina Trophy in 2000, and owns most team goaltending records. He went 25-21-6 with a 2.91 goals-against average this season, but was relegated to being a backup down the stretch and in the playoffs after the Capitals traded for Montreal netminder Cristobal Huet.

SPEAKING
``We'll still be able to say 'Hi' to each other.'' - Joel Quenneville after stepping down as coach of Colorado on Friday.
 

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