Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Flyers come back to stun Penguins in OT

PITTSBURGH — Jakub Voracek beat Marc-Andre Fleury from in close 2:23 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 comeback victory over the Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Fleury stopped Matt Read's shot from the corner, but Voracek beat the Penguins' Jordan Staal to the rebound to cap a furious Flyers rally from a 3-0 deficit.

"'It was a lucky bounce for me, but I'll take it," Voracek said after scoring his first career playoff goal.

Philadelphia led the league in the regular season with 20 victories when the opponent jumped in front. It has trailed 2-0 in eight of its past 13 games.

"It's not going to keep happening," the Flyers' Daniel Briere, who scored twice, said of his team's comebacks. "We got away with it (Wednesday)."

The Flyers are the third team since 1985 to rally from a three-goal deficit on the road in Game 1 of a playoff series, the Elias Sports Bureau said. The other two lost their series.

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins in the first period, and Fleury stopped 22 shots, but Pittsburgh struggled after dominating the first period.

"We got away from our game, that's really what it was," Crosby said. "We've got to fix the things that need to be fixed here. We made too many mistakes."

The Flyers were "in shock" after Kennedy's goal made it 2-0 at 7:49 of the first, said Philadelphia center Brayden Schenn, whose power-play goal in the third tied the score at 3.

"Sitting here after the first period, we were saying we've done it all year, let's start with a goal," Briere said.

Briere's breakaway midway through the second period gave the Flyers life. He pulled Philadelphia within one midway through the third before Schenn tied it on the Flyers' only power play of the night.

Philadelphia defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon left the game with an upper-body injury and was day to day.

predators 3, red wings 2: Gabriel Bourque scored two goals in his postseason debut for the host Predators in the teams' West opener. The first big disciplinary debate of the postseason began when, in the game's waning seconds, Nashville defenseman Shea Weber attempted to punch Detroit wing Henrik Zetterberg in the head while in a scrum in the corner and missed, but then slammed Zetterberg's head into the glass. Nashville coach Barry Trotz said Weber got hit first and there was "nothing much there." The Red Wings lost center Darren Helm when he was cut on the right arm in the first period. He was taken to a hospital and had surgery, coach Mike Babcock said.

canucks-kings: Vancouver's Daniel Sedin missed Game 1 of the West series because of a concussion. He didn't take part in the morning skate and, unlike Tuesday, didn't practice with the extra players.

lightning: Center Nate Thompson and wing J.T. Brown will play for the United States at the world championship May 4-20, and wing Teddy Purcell will play for Canada.

around the league: Avalanche coach Joe Sacco got a two-year contract extension, a week after the team missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Sacco is 114-109-23 over three seasons, mostly with a young, rebuilding team. … The Wild, which hasn't made the playoffs since 2008, is working on a contract extension for general manager Chuck Fletcher, owner Craig Leipold said.

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First Period1, Pittsburgh, Crosby 1 (Dupuis, Letang), 3:43. 2, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 1 (Staal, Letang), 7:49. 3, Pittsburgh, Dupuis 1 (Sullivan, Crosby), 19:23. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period4, Philadelphia, Briere 1 (Schenn), 6:22. PenaltiesGiroux, Phi (boarding), 3:04; Rinaldo, Phi (cross-checking), 10:06.

Third Period5, Philadelphia, Briere 2 (Schenn), 9:17. 6, Philadelphia, Schenn 1 (Hartnell, Jagr), 12:23 (pp). PenaltiesJagr, Phi (interference), 1:49; Orpik, Pit (interference), 10:41. First Overtime7, Philadelphia, Voracek 1 (Carle, Read), 2:23. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 6-7-11-2—26. Pittsburgh 13-10-5-0—28. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 1 of 1; Pittsburgh 0 of 3. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Bryzgalov 1-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 0-1-0 (26-22).

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First Period1, Nashville, Gaustad 1 (Yip, Bouillon), 6:59. PenaltiesYip, Nas (roughing), 1:59; Franzen, Det (roughing), 3:32; Bourque, Nas (boarding), 8:50; Emmerton, Det (interference), 12:10; Ericsson, Det (tripping), 16:20; Abdelkader, Det (high-sticking), 17:06.

Second Period2, Detroit, Zetterberg 1, 2:29 (pp). 3, Nashville, Bourque 1 (Halischuk), 12:29. PenaltiesJosi, Nas (cross-checking), 1:10; Zetterberg, Det (tripping), 4:23; Quincey, Det (holding), 9:28; Erat, Nas (roughing), 13:50; Hornqvist, Nas (high-sticking), 19:54.

Third Period4, Nashville, Bourque 2 (Spaling, Hornqvist), 11:35. 5, Detroit, Holmstrom 1 (Quincey, V.Filppula), 17:53 (pp). PenaltiesHudler, Det (diving), 5:06; Josi, Nas (hooking), 5:06; Hillen, Nas (interference), 14:52; Suter, Nas (slashing), 16:08; Erat, Nas (holding), 19:37; Weber, Nas (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalDetroit 5-16-16—37. Nashville 13-6-7—26. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 2 of 8; Nashville 0 of 6. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 0-1-0 (26 shots-23 saves). Nashville, Rinne 1-0-0 (37-35).

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