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Habs edge Pens to force Game 7

MONTREAL — Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and Jaroslav Spacek netted the go-ahead tally 2:30 later for the Canadiens, who forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Penguins on Monday night.

Bill Guerin deflected Sergei Gonchar's slap shot from the right point past Jaroslav Halak with 1:24 remaining to draw Pittsburgh within one.

Halak stopped 34 shots for the eighth-seeded Canadiens, who came back to beat Washington in the first round after falling into a 3-1 series hole against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals.

"For us, it's the reality," Cammalleri said. "If you pinch yourself, you're beat. I remember when you first come in the league if you start sitting around staring in awe and catching flies you'll be out pretty quick. Now we belong. We're having fun. For us, hey, we've got an opportunity to knock these guys off in Game 7. Let's go enjoy it. Let's see if we can't go and play a great game."

Cammalleri's 11 goals are the most by a Canadien in the playoffs since Vincent Damphousse had 11 in 20 games when Montreal last won the Stanley Cup in 1993.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in seven games in the first period. Crosby earned an assist for his 19th point in 12 games when Kris Letang scored early in the second.

Spacek, who returned after missing nine games with a virus, drove a slap shot from the point past Fleury at 13:15 to touch off a thunderous ovation.

Montreal defenseman Hal Gill did not play after skating in warmups. He was cut on the back of his left leg by former teammate Chris Kunitz's skate during Game 5.

at Canadiens 1 2 1 4
Penguins 1 1 1 3
Series tied 3-3

First Period1, Montreal, Cammalleri 10 (Plekanec, A.Kostitsyn), 1:13. 2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 6 (Eaton, Kunitz), 7:22. PenaltiesMontreal bench, served by Metropolit (too many men), 4:17; Plekanec, Mon (roughing), 9:04; Gonchar, Pit (interference), 9:42.

Second Period3, Pittsburgh, Letang 5 (Crosby, Gonchar), 5:21 (pp). 4, Montreal, Cammalleri 11 (A.Kostitsyn, Hamrlik), 10:45. 5, Montreal, Spacek 1 (Gomez, Gionta), 13:15. PenaltiesLapierre, Mon (holding), 2:00; Hamrlik, Mon (interference), 4:20; Cooke, Pit (tripping), 19:26.

Third Period6, Montreal, Lapierre 3, 11:03. 7, Pittsburgh, Guerin 4 (Gonchar, Goligoski), 18:36. PenaltiesMoore, Mon (cross-checking), 3:12; Cooke, Pit (interference), 6:21; Crosby, Pit (cross-checking), 20:00; Plekanec, Mon (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 13-14-10—37. Montreal 6-11-8—25. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 1 of 5; Montreal 0 of 3. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 7-5-0 (25 shots-21 saves). Montreal, Halak 7-5-0 (37-34). A21,273 (21,273). T2:24.

Flyers win after losing Boucher to injury

BOSTON — Michael Leighton filled in after Brian Boucher was injured and made 14 saves to complete the first combined shutout in Flyers postseason history, 4-0 over the Bruins to avoid elimination in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Boucher injured his left knee at 4:35 of the second period, ending up beneath teammate Ryan Parent and Bruins forward Miroslav Satan after a scramble for a loose puck in the crease. Leighton, the starter before he was injured March 16, made his first career playoff appearance.

"I was a little bit nervous at the start," Leighton said. "We scored some goals in the second, and it took some pressure off."

The Boston crowd booed the Bruins off the ice with the score 3-0 after two periods.

"They came out and slapped us in the face. Now we have to realize it's a series," Boston forward Mark Recchi said. "We didn't play well. When you're not playing well, it doesn't matter who was in the net or who you're playing."

Flyers 1 2 1 4
at Bruins 0 0 0 0
Bruins lead series 3-2

First Period1, Philadelphia, Leino 2 (Pronger, Carle), 6:41. PenaltiesSobotka, Bos, double minor (high-sticking), 13:43; Philadelphia bench, served by Asham (too many men), 16:21; Satan, Bos (tripping), 18:33.

Second Period2, Philadelphia, Hartnell 1 (Briere, Timonen), 11:16. 3, Philadelphia, Gagne 2 (Richards, Leino), 17:53 (pp). PenaltiesBriere, Phi (cross-checking), 5:09; Savard, Bos (roughing), 11:56; Begin, Bos (boarding), 17:00; Ference, Bos (cross-checking), 19:22.

Third Period4, Philadelphia, Gagne 3, 6:48. PenaltiesWheeler, Bos (tripping), 7:56; Richards, Phi (roughing), 14:34; Savard, Bos (high-sticking), 14:34; Lucic, Bos (roughing), 14:34; Carcillo, Phi (roughing), 19:11; Stuart, Bos (roughing), 19:11. Shots on GoalPhiladelphia 10-9-12—31. Boston 8-7-8—23. Power-play opportunitiesPhiladelphia 1 of 9; Boston 0 of 2. GoaliesPhiladelphia, Boucher 6-4-0 (9 shots-9 saves), Leighton (4:35 second, 14-14). Boston, Rask 7-4-0 (31-27). A17,565 (17,565). T2:23.

World championships: The United States was upset by Denmark 2-1, its second straight overtime loss in Cologne, Germany. The Americans must defeat Finland in the last group game to reach the next round. Switzerland beat Italy 3-0 in Group B, Finland beat Germany 1-0 in Group D, and Canada routed Latvia 6-1 in Group B.

Habs edge Pens to force Game 7 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:06am]

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