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NHL Playoff Roundup

Pavelski keeps Sharks afloat in overtime

Associated Press / April 21, 2010

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Joe Pavelski scored 10:24 into overtime and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots, giving the top-seeded San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche last night at Denver, tying the series at two games apiece.

All four games have been decided by a goal, the last three going into overtime.

On his winner, Pavelski gathered a loose puck deep in Colorado’s zone and beat Craig Anderson to the right corner.

Dan Boyle gave the Sharks an early lead, knocking in a slap shot two days after scoring on his own goalie in overtime as he attempted to clear the puck.

The Avs countered with a second-period goal by Paul Stastny, his first of the series. Game 5 is tomorrow in San Jose.

Flyers 4, Devils 1 — Jeff Carter scored two goals and Danny Briere had one to end their playoff scoring droughts and lead host Philadelphia to a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Unlikely postseason star Daniel Carcillo scored his second goal in two games for the Flyers.

The Devils haven’t won three straight games since they won five straight from Dec. 12-21. The Flyers have won 17 of 19 playoff series when they hold a 3-1 lead. One of those blown leads came in 2000 in goalie Brian Boucher’s rookie season. Ten years later, Boucher has them on the brink of advancing.

Carter and Briere were held without a point in the first three games after combining for 114 this season.

Predators 4, Blackhawks 1 — David Legwand scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists, and host Nashville took the franchise’s first 2-1 lead ever in an opening-round series.

The Predators have never won more than two games in any of their first four playoff appearances. Game 4 is at Nashville tomorrow night.

Joel Ward and Shea Weber also scored for Nashville, and Martin Erat scored on a penalty shot late. The Predators more than made up for the absence of top goal scorer Patric Hornqvist, scratched for a second straight game with an injury.

Red Wings 3, Coyotes 0 — Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals to lead host Detroit to a series-evening victory in Game 4.

Howard’s saves included one without his helmet.

Phoenix will be at home Friday night, but has to return to Detroit for Game 6 Sunday.

Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit.

Penguins 7, Senators 4 — Sidney Crosby had two of Pittsburgh’s five goals in the second period as the visiting Penguins rolled to a 3-1 series lead.

Crosby assisted on Evgeni Malkin’s power-play goal, the only score of the first period.

Crosby scored two of Pittsburgh’s three goals in a 2:25 span early in the second.

Chris Kunitz had a goal and two assists and Maxime Talbot had a goal and an assist as the teams combined for eight goals in the second, one short of the playoff record for a period.

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