PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brian Boucher stopped 25 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 of their first-round series on Tuesday night.
The defending conference champions, who raced to a 4-0 lead and chased Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller in the third, must wait to learn their next opponent: Boston, Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay.
The game was a switch from the rest of the series where the Flyers had trouble in the net. They started three goalies in seven games. Boucher won Games 2 and 6 in relief, but was stout for all 60 minutes in the series clincher.
Braydon Coburn, Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk, and Ville Leino all scored against Miller, and Dan Carcillo added a goal in the third.
Boucher, who may have solidified himself as the No. 1 goalie for as long as Philadelphia's postseason run lasts, lost a bid at the Flyers' first shutout of the season when Tyler Myers made it 4-1 in the third.
Brad Boyes scored on a late backhander for Buffalo to trim it to 5-2.
MONTREAL (AP) - Brian Gionta and Michael Cammalleri scored during two separate two-man advantages to help Montreal force a decisive Game 7 in the first-round playoff series.
Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston, with the Bruins looking to beat the Canadiens for only the ninth time in 33 postseason series.
Dennis Seidenberg scored for Boston, which played more than half the game without ejected winger Milan Lucic but still outshot the Canadiens 32-27. Lucic was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit from behind on Jaroslav Spacek.
Boston had taken the lead in the closely contested series with consecutive overtime wins, but couldn't get the equalizer behind a sharp Carey Price - who made 31 saves - despite outshooting Montreal 11-6 in the third period.
Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots for the Bruins.