Penguins, 'Canes get by in overtime
Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game after Pittsburgh went on a rare two-man advantage in overtime, and the Penguins went up two games in their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3-2 victory last night in Pittsburgh.
Guerin, at 38 the oldest player on a mostly young team, took Sergei Gonchar's pass from center point and skated toward the net from the low left circle, faked a pass, and beat goalie Martin Biron on a shot that deflected off the left post and into the net 18:29 into overtime.
Guerin also scored the goal that tied it at 1 late in the second period, and Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 with 3:37 remaining in the third after rookie Darroll Powe's goal put the determined Flyers ahead early in the period.
The Flyers initially went on the power play in overtime when Hal Gill was called for cross-checking, but an identical penalty on Mike Knuble and a slashing call on Claude Giroux 30 seconds later gave Pittsburgh a two-man edge that would have lasted 1:29. Guerin scored with 27 seconds left in the two-man.
Philadelphia avoided the numerous penalties and breakdowns it had in a 4-1 loss in Game 1 and was in position to tie the series after rookie Powe's go-ahead goal. But the Penguins tied it at 16:23 of the third when Kris Letang's shot from the point deflected off Malkin and past Biron for Malkin's second of the series.
Hurricanes 2, Devils 1 - Defenseman Tim Gleason scored his first NHL playoff goal on a slap shot at 2:40 of overtime, giving Carolina a road win that knotted the first-round series at a game apiece.
Gleason's shot from the right point appeared to hit the skate of Devils defenseman Niclas Havelid and carom past defenseless goalie Martin Brodeur.
Eric Staal, who provided a screen in front of Brodeur, scored the other goal for the Hurricanes.
Zach Parise tallied for the Devils.
Canucks 3, Blues 0 - Host Vancouver got 30 saves from Roberto Luongo and a goal and an assist from Henrik Sedin in building a 2-0 series lead over St. Louis.
Daniel Sedin added a pair of assists, while Mats Sundin and Alexandre Burrows added goals for the Canucks.
The shutout was Luongo's first in 14 career playoff games.