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Bruins top Sabres in 2OT

The Bruins’ Miroslav Satan (against the glass, right) is hugged by Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk as Michael Ryder and Marco Sturm celebrate Satan’s winning goal.

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The Bruins’ Miroslav Satan (against the glass, right) is hugged by Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk as Michael Ryder and Marco Sturm celebrate Satan’s winning goal.

BOSTON — Miroslav Satan scored on a power play at 7:41 of the second overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

Boston got the power play when Buffalo wing Drew Stafford was caught on the ice as a sixth skater.

"I just jumped on. There's not much to say," Stafford said. "It's just so disappointing."

Satan got a pass from Michael Ryder in front of the net and put it past Ryan Miller.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston and also assisted on Satan's goal. Miller stopped 36 shots for the Sabres.

Both goalies made stunning saves to keep their teams in the game.

Rask reached out to knock away a puck that even 6-foot-9 Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara couldn't reach, preserving the tie with 11 minutes left in regulation.

Miller stopped Blake Wheeler on a shorthanded breakaway, then got a glove on a sneaky backhander from Satan early in the first overtime, surprising even the scoreboard operator, who sounded the goal horn briefly.

"I don't think there are too many goalies — maybe two in the league, and they were both out on the ice — who could have made that save," Satan said. "He made a great save there, but eventually I got him."

at Bruins 0 0 2 0 1 3
Sabres 1 1 0 0 0 2
Bruins lead series 3-1

First Period1, Buffalo, Kennedy 1 (Ennis, McCormick), 2:12. PenaltiesKennedy, Buf (cross-checking), 12:33; Rivet, Buf (holding), 15:15; Lucic, Bos (boarding), 16:51.

Second Period2, Buffalo, Montador 1 (Connolly), 6:59. PenaltiesRivet, Buf, major (fighting), 5:26; Lucic, Bos, major (fighting), 5:26; Lydman, Buf (tripping), 14:16.

Third Period3, Boston, Krejci 1 (Bergeron, Hunwick), 2:07 (pp). 4, Boston, Bergeron 2 (Paille, Boychuk), 6:40. PenaltiesMcCormick, Buf (goaltender interference), 1:58; Kaleta, Buf (boarding), 2:34. First OvertimeNone. PenaltiesBergeron, Bos (tripping), 4:17. Second Overtime5, Boston, Satan 1 (Ryder, Rask), 7:41 (pp). PenaltiesBuffalo bench, served by Stafford (too many men), 5:50. Shots on GoalBuffalo 8-8-9-8-4—37. Boston 8-8-9-10-4—39. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 2; Boston 2 of 6. GoaliesBuffalo, Miller 1-3-0 (39 shots-36 saves). Boston, Rask 3-1-0 (37-35). A17,565 (17,565).

Capitals 6, Canadiens 3: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and had an assist as the visiting Capitals took a 3-1 lead in their East quarterfinal. "The big message is it's not over," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves to win his third in a row for Washington. Carey Price stopped 32 shots in his first start of the series for Montreal. Price was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct twice: when he fired a puck toward Capitals players celebrating a Jason Chimera goal and after Nicklas Backstrom's empty-netter in the last minute. "Just frustration. It's part of hockey, though," Price told "You let them know you're there."

Capitals 1 1 4 6
at Canadiens 1 1 1 3
Capitals lead series 3-1

First Period1, Washington, Ovechkin 3 (Backstrom, Green), 8:10 (pp). 2, Montreal, Cammalleri 2 (Metropolit, Hamrlik), 9:12. PenaltiesPlekanec, Mon (interference), :48; A.Kostitsyn, Mon (high-sticking), 7:40; Fleischmann, Was (tripping), 16:46.

Second Period3, Montreal, Gionta 2 (Markov, Bergeron), 15:42 (pp). 4, Washington, Knuble 1 (B.Gordon, Carlson), 19:53 (sh). PenaltiesBradley, Was (high-sticking), 12:29; Chimera, Was (roughing), 14:39; Gill, Mon (holding), 16:40; Washington bench, served by Ovechkin (too many men), 18:05.

Third Period5, Washington, Ovechkin 4 (Semin), 11:09. 6, Washington, Chimera 1 (Bradley), 12:01. 7, Washington, Knuble 2 (Backstrom), 17:33 (en). 8, Montreal, Moore 1 (Hamrlik), 18:42. 9, Washington, Backstrom 5 (Ovechkin, Poti), 19:49 (en). PenaltiesPrice, Mon, served by Lapierre (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:01; Price, Mon, served by Cammalleri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:49. Shots on GoalWashington 9-9-20—38. Montreal 12-21-6—39. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 5; Montreal 1 of 4. GoaliesWashington, Varlamov 3-0-0 (39 shots-36 saves). Montreal, Price 0-1-0 (36-32). A21,273 (21,273).

Devils-Flyers: Philadelphia forwards Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter suffered foot injuries in Game 4 on Tuesday and will have surgery Friday. The team said Gagne could return in three weeks and Carter, who led the Flyers with 33 regular-season goals and has two goals and an assist in four playoff games, is out indefinitely. … New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur shaved his playoff beard in an attempt to change the luck of his team, down 3-1 in the series.

Penguins-Senators: Pittsburgh wing Tyler Kennedy, who left early in Game 4 on Tuesday after a hit by Ottawa defenseman Andy Sutton, has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. … Senators coach Cory Clouston, whose team trails in the series 3-1, said he had picked his starting goalie for tonight's Game 5 but wouldn't announced it until today. Brian Elliott was pulled in favor of Pascal Leclaire early in the second period of Game 4 after giving up four goals on 19 shots.

Sabres-Bruins: Boston forward Marc Savard has been cleared to rejoin the team, but there is no timetable for his return. Savard suffered a concussion six weeks ago on a hit by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke.

Sharks-Avalanche: Colorado coach Joe Sacco said wing Milan Hejduk is out for Game 5 tonight. Hejduk sustained an upper-body injury in Game 3 on Sunday and didn't play in Game 4 on Tuesday. The series is tied at two games apiece.

Bruins top Sabres in 2OT 04/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:36pm]
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