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Kings get OT win to oust Canucks

Jarret Stoll sends the puck past Canucks goalie Cory Schneider in overtime for a 2-1 Kings win and a trip to the Western Conference semifinals to face the Blues.

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Jarret Stoll sends the puck past Canucks goalie Cory Schneider in overtime for a 2-1 Kings win and a trip to the Western Conference semifinals to face the Blues.

VANCOUVER — Jarret Stoll scored 4:27 into overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over the Canucks and a 4-1 series win in their Western Conference quarterfinal Sunday night.

Stoll, skating onto a loose puck after Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis was wiped out coming out of his zone, skated in on a 2-on-1 and snapped a wrist shot over the blocker of Cory Schneider.

Los Angeles faces the Blues in the West semifinals.

It was the first series win since 2001 for the Kings, who became the 10th eight seed to eliminate a No. 1 since the league went to its current playoff format in 1994. Los Angeles is the sixth No. 8 seed to beat the team that had the league's best record.

"Coming in with a lot of people probably not giving us much of a chance, it feels good," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "And we'll enjoy the plane ride (home) and then refocus."

Coming off a trip to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final last season and a second straight Presidents' Trophy as the top regular-season team, the Canucks were knocked out in the opening round for the first time since 2004.

"You've got to give credit to the Kings," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "They played a great series. They were a real tough opponent. They made strong plays on the ice. At the end of the day, they deserved to win."

Vancouver's Henrik Sedin scored on a power play with 5:56 left in the first period for a 1-0 lead. Brad Richardson, playing his second game after an appendectomy on the eve of the playoffs, tied it 3:21 into the third.

Flyers take out Pens

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux flattened Sidney Crosby five seconds into the game, buried his sixth goal of the series past Marc-Andre Fleury 27 seconds later and led a Flyers charge into the East semifinals with a 5-1 series-clinching Game 6 win against the Penguins.

"When the best player in the world comes up to you and says, 'I don't know who you're starting tonight, but I want that first shift,' that tells you everything you need to know about Claude Giroux," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of Giroux, who also had two assists.

In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made them stand behind stout defense (40 blocked shots) and stellar play from goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 30 saves.

The Penguins seemed to have pulled their game together after awful efforts in the first three games put them in a 3-0 hole in the series. But they regressed in Game 6.

"We needed to play perfect hockey to stay in this series, to win this series, and we didn't get the kind of start we needed (Sunday)," Crosby said. "We felt like we could get it back to Pittsburgh (for Game 7), and now we have some time to think about why we didn't."

Bryzgalov, who allowed 20 goals in the first five games, gave up only Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal in the second period. "He was our best player on the ice," Giroux said.

Bruins force Game 7

WASHINGTON — Tyler Seguin scored his first goal of the playoffs at 3:17 of overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Capitals and force Game 7 in the East series.

"This series I've had a lot of chances and opportunities, and I haven't been finishing them off," said Seguin, who led the Bruins in the regular season with 29 goals and 67 points. "It's just really nice to get that feeling of finding the back of the net."

The Capitals rallied three times to tie the score, the last time off a faceoff in the Boston zone that led to Alex Ovechkin ripping a shot that skidded between goalie Tim Thomas' legs with 4:52 left in regulation.

The first six games of the series have been decided by one goal, three in overtime.

"The most important thing now is to be ready to play (in Boston on Wednesday)," Washington forward Mike Knuble said. "Guys are not happy. We had a chance to finish it off, but … we get another chance to win one game on the road."

Kings 0 0 1 1 2
at Canucks 1 0 0 0 1

First Period1, Vancouver, H.Sedin 2 (D.Sedin, Hamhuis), 14:04 (pp). PenaltiesHamhuis, Van (roughing), 1:28; H.Sedin, Van (hooking), 4:08; Doughty, LA (holding), 9:10; Richardson, LA (roughing), 12:24.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesScuderi, LA (cross-checking), 4:47; King, LA (tripping), 7:04.

Third Period2, Los Angeles, Richardson 1 (Doughty), 3:21. PenaltiesH.Sedin, Van (hooking), :30. First Overtime3, Los Angeles, Stoll 2 (Lewis), 4:27. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalLos Angeles 8-10-13-6—37. Vancouver 6-10-9-2—27. Power-play opportunitiesLos Angeles 0 of 3; Vancouver 1 of 4. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 4-1-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Vancouver, C.Schneider 1-2-0 (37-35).

Flyers 2 2 1 5
Penguins 0 1 0 1
Flyers 2 2 1 5
Penguins 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Phila, Giroux 6, :32. 2, Phila, Hartnell 2 (Giroux, Voracek), 13:01 (pp). PenaltiesBriere, Phi (high-sticking), 2:08; Cooke, Pit (interference), 12:39; Despres, Pit (tripping), 16:15.

Second Period3, Phila, Gustafsson 1 (Coburn, Giroux), 5:25. 4, Pitts, Malkin 3, 8:34 (pp). 5, Phila, Briere 5 (Voracek, Carle), 9:08. PenaltiesTimonen, Phi (hooking), 6:57; Hartnell, Phi (tripping), 10:07.

Third Period6, Phila, Schenn 2, 19:52 (en). PenaltiesNiskanen, Pit (slashing), 1:45; Coburn, Phi (hooking), 8:06; Gustafsson, Phi (delay of game), 16:45. Shots on GoalPitts 9-10-12—31. Phila 10-10-3—23. Power-play opportunitiesPitts 1 of 5; Phila 1 of 3. GoaliesPitts, Fleury 2-4-0 (22 shots-18 saves). Phila, Bryzgalov 4-2-0 (31-30).

Bruins 2 0 1 1 4
Capitals 1 1 1 0 3

First Period1, Boston, Peverley 3 (Ference, Bergeron), 5:56. 2, Wash, Green 1 (Ward, Hamrlik), 9:47. 3, Boston, Krejci 1 (Lucic, Peverley), 16:48 (pp). PenaltiesBergeron, Bos (tripping), 10:01; Chimera, Was (hooking), 12:54; Semin, Was (hooking), 16:02; Kelly, Bos (holding stick), 17:18.

Second Period4, Wash, Chimera 1 (Backstrom, Hamrlik), 19:18. PenaltiesOvechkin, Was, double minor (high-sticking), 1:57; Bergeron, Bos (high-sticking), 15:44; Pouliot, Bos (slashing), 19:22; Brouwer, Was (roughing), 19:22; Hendricks, Was (tripping), 19:39.

Third Period5, Boston, Ference 1 (Seguin), 11:57. 6, Wash, Ovechkin 2 (Backstrom), 15:08. PenaltiesPouliot, Bos (roughing), 8:50. First Overtime7, Boston, Seguin 1 (Lucic, Krejci), 3:17. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 11-5-12-3—31. Wash 10-15-13-1—39. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 1 of 5; Wash 0 of 4. GoaliesBoston, Thomas 3-3-0 (39 shots-36 saves). Wash, Holtby 3-3-0 (31-27).

Kings get OT win to oust Canucks 04/23/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 1:16am]

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