NHL Playoff Roundup

First game is captured by Capitals

Associated Press / May 3, 2009
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Alex Ovechkin contributed a power-play goal, yet it was a few of his unheralded teammates on the Washington Capitals who made the difference in Game 1 of their showdown against Pittsburgh.

Tomas Fleischmann scored the tiebreaking goal with 18:14 left, rookie goaltender Simeon Varlamov stopped 34 shots, and the Capitals got the jump on their Eastern Conference rivals with a 3-2 home victory yesterday.

David Steckel contributed his first goal of the playoffs to help Washington to its first four-game winning streak in the playoffs since 1991.

Sidney Crosby and Mark Eaton scored for the Penguins, who went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Late in the second period, Varlamov twisted his body and stretched his stick across the goal line to deny Crosby.

"I was out of position, there was really nothing I could do, so I lunged with the stick, and it just so happened the puck hit it right on the line," Varlamov said.

Blackhawks 6, Canucks 3 - Trailing by two goals early, visiting Chicago stormed back behind a pair of scores from Patrick Sharp and the go-ahead goal by David Bolland, a shorthanded breakaway that helped the Blackhawks even the series at 1-1.

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