Flyers score early, often, eliminate Penguins
The Associated Press April 22, 2012 11:30PM
Updated: May 24, 2012 8:33AM
PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win the Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.
Giroux scored 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind Bryzgalov and stout defense.
Kings 2, Canucks 1 (OT): At Vancouver, British Columbia, Jarret Stoll beat Cory Schneider with a wrist shot at 4:27 of overtime, and Los Angeles knocking out top-seeded Vancouver in five games in the Western Conference series.
Brad Richardson tied it for Los Angeles at 3:21 of the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves. Henrik Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver with a power-play goal in the first period. Schneider made 35 saves in his third straight start after Roberto Luongo lost the first two games.
The Kings will play the St. Louis Blues in the second round.
Bruins 4, Capitals 3 (OT): At Washington, Tyler Seguin scored at 3:17 of overtime, Tim Thomas made 36 saves, and defending Stanley Cup champion Boston beat Washington to force a seventh game in the Eastern Conference series. Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.
In overtime, David Krejci intercepted a pass by Nicklas Backstrom and sent the puck to Milan Lucic, who passed ahead to Seguin. Seguin, who entered the game without a point in the series, veered slightly to his right to draw goalie Braden Holtby from the net, then lifted a shot past the rookie to win it.
The Bruins took a 3-2 lead at 11:51 of the third period on Andrew Ference’s goal, but Alex Ovechkin tie it with 4:52 left in regulation. Boston’s Rich Peverley opened the scoring at 5:56 of the first period, and Mike Green tied in midway through the period.