NHL Playoff Roundup

Flyers’ offense punches in as they even series with Sabres

Associated Press / April 17, 2011

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Ville Leino and Danny Briere scored clutch goals, goaltender Brian Boucher delivered again in the postseason, and the Flyers outlasted the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4, yesterday at Philadelphia to even their first-round series at a game apiece.

Boucher, who relieved Sergei Bobrovsky after the rookie allowed three goals on seven shots, stopped 17 straight shots into the third period.

Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals for the Sabres.

The teams combined for six goals, almost 30 penalty minutes, and three goalies in the first period.

The Flyers’ frustration from Game 1’s punchless offense was taken out with punches almost from the opening faceoff. Paul Gaustad cross-checked Briere on a faceoff, and Scott Hartnell backed Briere by triggering a quick fight with Gaustad. It wasn’t much of a bout. Gaustad yanked Hartnell’s sweater over his face and unloaded his fists on his face.

The Philadelphia crowd, which had nothing to cheer about in Game 1, went wild.

At that point, it was already 1-1. Claude Giroux needed only four minutes to put the Flyers in front, but Vanek tied it just 2:43 later.

Kings 4, Sharks 0 — Drew Doughty had two goals and two assists, Jonathan Quick made 34 saves and visiting Los Angeles evened its first-round series at one game apiece.

Jack Johnson and Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who bounced back from an overtime loss in Game 1 to seize home-ice advantage heading back to Los Angeles for Game 3 Tuesday night.

The Sharks took too many undisciplined penalties and were unable to generate many good offensive chances against Quick. Antti Niemi allowed the four goals on 23 shots to lose for the first time in four postseason starts at the Shark Tank.

Johnson and Doughty each scored power-play goals in the first period and the Kings took control when Doughty blasted a forehand from just inside the blue line through a screen and past Niemi to make it 3-0 with 4:18 left in the second period.

Red Wings 4, Coyotes 3 — Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and added two assists in the first period — including a marvelous move to set up Darren Helm — and the Red Wings held on at Detroit to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Detroit led, 2-0, when Datsyuk poked the puck past a Phoenix player in the neutral zone and skated in on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. He pulled the puck back between his legs before flipping a shot from close range that was saved. Helm was there for an easy goal on the rebound.

Datsyuk added another assist early in the second period for his first career 4-point game in the playoffs.

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