Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Pens steamroll Isles in opener

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PITTSBURGH — Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and the Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the Islanders on Wednesday night.

The Penguins had no trouble against the Islanders, in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw.

Pittsburgh, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, beat Evgeni Nabokov four times on 15 shots in the game's first 22 minutes, including goals by Kris Letang and Dupuis 32 seconds apart early in the second period to send Nabokov to the bench. Kevin Poulin came on in relief and surrendered a soft goal to Tanner Glass.

"For most of the game, we made it pretty easy on them," Islanders wing Matt Martin said.

Fleury tied Tom Barrasso's franchise record for postseason shutouts with his sixth.

"It was a good game for us," said Penguins wing Jarome Iginla (two assists), making his first postseason appearance since 2009, when he was with the Flames. "You want to come out with that intensity and yet still be under control, and I thought we did that early and we did that pretty much for the whole game. But still we know it's only one game."

The game ended with the Islanders' Marty Reasoner getting a five-minute major for kneeing forward Jussi Jokinen. Pittsburgh lost forward James Neal early in the second after he was slashed by Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and crashed into the boards. Coach Dan Bylsma didn't have updates on Jokinen or Neal.

Crosby said earlier in the day he had not been cleared to play at a Tuesday doctor's visit but the doctor was pleased with his progress.

Bruins stomp Leafs

BOSTON — The Bruins used a revived offense to beat the Maple Leafs 4-1 in their East quarterfinal opener.

Boston scored more than three goals for the first time in 10 games. It closed the regular season on a 2-7 skid that helped cost it the Northeast Division title and dropped it to the No. 4 seed in the East. "There were some signs probably the last four games or so (that) we seemed to be turning the corner," coach Claude Julien said.

The Maple Leafs, in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, took a 1-0 lead on a James van Riemsdyk power play goal 1:54 into the game. From there, "I just thought that we self-destructed," coach Randy Carlyle said.

Canucks-Sharks: Vancouver's Roberto Luongo — supplanted as the No. 1 goalie during last year's playoffs and subject of trade rumors since — started Game 1 of the West quarterfinal against San Jose because Cory Schneider wasn't healthy enough, coach Alain Vigneault said. Schenider has what the team has called a "body injury."

Blackhawks-Wild: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is day-to-day, coach Mike Yeo said, after sustaining an apparent leg injury during Game 1 warmups Tuesday. That means Josh Harding could start again for Game 2 on Friday. Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last summer and who played in just five regular-season games because of medication problems, started Game 1 and made 35 saves in the 2-1 overtime loss. "I felt great (Tuesday) night and felt good (Wednesday)," Harding said. "I've got no worries about that."

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First Period1, Pitts, Bennett 1 (Malkin, P.Martin), 3:30 (pp). 2, Pitts, Pa.Dupuis 1 (Adams, Iginla), 13:23. PenaltiesStrait, NYI (interference), 1:40; Cooke, Pit (interference), 15:01; Streit, NYI (holding), 19:16.

Second Period3, Pitts, Letang 1 (Iginla, Malkin), 1:19 (pp). 4, Pitts, Pa.Dupuis 2 (Eaton, Jokinen), 1:51. 5, Pitts, Glass 1 (Jokinen), 13:07. PenaltiesReasoner, NYI (trip), :54; Letang, Pit (hook), 13:45; Malkin, Pit (high-stick), 19:51.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesMurray, Pit (hold), 3:04; Reasoner, NYI, major-game misconduct (kneeing), 17:50; Moulson, NYI, misconduct, 17:50; Hamonic, NYI, misconduct, 17:50; Cizikas, NYI, misconduct, 17:50; Iginla, Pit, misconduct, 17:50; Pa.Dupuis, Pit, misconduct, 17:50; Murray, Pit, misconduct, 17:50. Shots NYI 8-10-8—26. Pitts 13-8-5—26. PP oppsNYI 0 of 4; Pitts 2 of 4. GoaliesNYI, Nabokov 0-1-0 (15 shots-11 saves), Poulin (1:51 second, 11-10). Pitts, Fleury 1-0-0 (26-26).

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First Period1, Tor, van Riemsdyk 1 (Franson, Bozak), 1:54 (pp). 2, Bos, Redden 1 (Campbell, Paille), 16:20. 3, Bos, Horton 1 (Redden, Krejci), 19:48 (pp). PenaltiesBergeron, Bos (trip), 1:38; Fraser, Tor (delay game), 2:36; Boychuk, Bos (hook), 11:56; Phaneuf, Tor (slash), 17:55.

Second Period4, Bos, Krejci 1 (Lucic), 10:25. 5, Bos, Boychuk 1 (Krejci, Lucic), 15:44. PenaltiesBergeron, Bos (slashing), 15:56; MacArthur, Tor (hooking), 19:24.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKomarov, Tor, misconduct, 1:11; Orr, Tor (roughing, cross-checking), 3:15; Ference, Bos (roughing), 3:15; Orr, Tor, served by MacArthur, minor-misconduct (cross-checking), 16:35; McLaren, Tor (roughing), 20:00; Komarov, Tor, major (fighting), 20:00; Kelly, Bos, major (fighting), 20:00. Shots on Goal Tor 7-7-6—20. Bos 15-11-14—40. Power-play opportunitiesTor 1 of 3; Bos 1 of 5. GoaliesTor, Reimer 0-1-0 (40 shots-36 saves). Bos, Rask 1-0-0 (20-19).

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