NHL Wrap: Pens crush Islanders in Game 1

NHL Wrap: Pens crush Islanders in Game 1
May 1, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The Penguins celebrate after Beau Bennett's scores a goal in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Islanders. (AP)

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Despite the Flyers' rough season -- and in part because of it -- coach Peter Laviolette believes Claude Giroux did a "terrific job" in his first year as captain (see story).

The NHL's new CBA awards each team two compliance buyouts. But how, exactly, do the buyouts work? Here is a quick guide (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's playoff action:

Pens crush Isles in series opener
PITTSBURGH -- Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Beau Bennett, Kris Letang and Tanner Glass also scored for the Penguins, who had no trouble against the upstart Islanders even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw. Pittsburgh hardly needed its captain to continue its mastery of the Islanders, who made their first playoff appearance since 2007.

The Penguins, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, beat Evgeni Nabokov four times in the game's first 22 minutes, including goals by Letang and Dupuis 32 seconds apart early in the second period to send Nabokov to the bench after he stopped just 11 shots.

Kevin Poulin came on in relief and surrendered a soft goal to Glass.

Game 2 is Friday in Pittsburgh (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Revived offense lifts B's past Leafs
BOSTON -- Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Boston Bruins used a revived offense to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in their playoff opener Wednesday night.

The Bruins scored more than three goals for the first time in 10 games. They closed the regular season on a 2-7 skid that dropped them to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

That set up a first-round matchup with fifth-seeded Toronto, the first time the teams have met in the postseason since 1974. The Maple Leafs, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, lost four of their last six regular-season games.

Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night in Boston, where the Bruins have won six straight against the Maple Leafs (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Boyle lifts Sharks past Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first-round Western Conference series opener.

Boyle and Logan Couture both had a goal and an assist, and Marleau pushed San Jose's lead to 3-1. Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks, who were outshot 30-28.

Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks before a disappointed white-towel-waving sellout crowd. The loss spoiled a strong effort from goalie Roberto Luongo, who earned the start after Cory Schneider didn't recover in time from an undisclosed injury.

The Canucks were the first home team to lose in the first six games of this year's playoffs (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

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