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NHL Playoff Capsules

Wednesday, 05.12.2010 / 11:01 PM / News

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -The Montreal Canadiens followed up a monumental upset by pulling off another, and now the Pittsburgh Penguins are joining the Washington Capitals in sitting out the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of a series in which he upstaged Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the Canadiens built a stunning four-goal lead before beating the Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

Montreal accomplished what no team has done since the current playoffs format was adopted in 1994. And that's beat the Presidents' Trophy winner and defending Stanley Cup champion in successive rounds as an eighth-seeded team.

When it ended, the Canadiens crowded Jaroslav Halak, who made 37 saves in a performance not quite as dominating as that in Montreal's 2-1 elimination win of Washington, but one that sent the Penguins home and shut down the NHL's oldest arena.

Gionta opened the scoring at 32 seconds on a power play with Crosby off for boarding, Dominic Moore made it 2-0 later in the period and Cammalleri scored his playoff-leading 12th goal at 3:32 of the second. Travis Moen added a short-handed goal at 5:14, with Marc-Andre Fleury then giving way in goal to Brent Johnson.

Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal scored for Pittsburgh in the second, but Gionta made it 5-2 midway through the third period.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Leighton stopped 29 shots in his first start in nearly two months to help streaking Philadelphia force Game 7 in Boston on Friday night.

Philadelphia's postseason appeared over after it lost the first three games. Not now. The Flyers are on the brink of history - and a spot in the Eastern Conference finals against Montreal. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders are the only teams to overcome 3-0 deficits to win a best-of-seven playoff series.

Mike Richards and Danny Briere scored for the Flyers.

Leighton was everything the Flyers wanted in his first start since he sprained his ankle March 16. Leighton's injury paved the way for Brian Boucher to take over and all he did was lead the Flyers into the postseason as the No. 7 seed and an upset over New Jersey in the first round. Boucher sprained the MCL in his left knee in Game 5.

Milan Lucic scored for Boston with a minute left.

Quote of the Day

You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals