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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ville Leino scored 4:43 into overtime and Brian Boucher's return in another relief appearance help the Philadelphia Flyers force Game 7 in their first-round series against the Buffalo Sabres.

Danny Briere scored twice and Boucher stopped 24 shots over the final two periods and overtime in a 5-4 victory Sunday in the tightly contested Eastern Conference series.

Game 7 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Boucher took over to start the second period after Michael Leighton allowed three goals on the first seven shots he faced. Scott Hartnell had a goal and assist and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Flyers, who overcame a two-goal deficit while drawing upon Chris Pronger's presence. The gritty defenseman played sparingly in his first game after missing 21 because of a broken right hand.

Thomas Vanek scored twice for Buffalo, and Rob Niedermayer and Nathan Gerbe added goals.

Kris Versteeg helped set up Leino's goal. After getting his first shot blocked, Versteeg gained the rebound and flipped the puck at the net, bouncing it off several players. The puck fell in the crease where Leino - a step ahead of defender Chris Butler - slid it into the open side behind diving goalie Ryan Miller.

Hartnell forced overtime by scoring with 9:17 left in third.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nick Spaling scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of the third period and Nashville closed out its first postseason series victory to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Steve Sullivan added a goal, David Legwand had an empty-netter and Jordin Tootoo assisted On Spaling's goals. The Predators won the series 4-2 in their sixth postseason in seven seasons.

Jason Blake scored a power-play goal, and Teemu Selanne also had a goal for the Ducks, his sixth of the series. Anaheim lost in the opening round for the third time in seven playoffs.

The fifth-seeded Predators must wait and see who they play next.

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