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Stars fall to Avalanche in five games


Goalie Marty Turco, center, of the Dallas Stars looks back after the unassisted goal by Joe Sakic, right,of the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday. Colorado won 3-2 to win the playoff series.


Andrew Brunette scooped a rebound shot over sprawling goaltender Marty Turco 13:55 into overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday, wrapping up the first-round National Hockey League playoff series in five games for the seventh-seeded Avalanche.

It was Colorado's third overtime victory in the series.

The Stars outshot Colorado 11-4 in the extra period, including seven shots during the frame's only power play. But Dallas couldn't solve Jose Theodore, who had 50 saves.

Sabres 3, Flyers 0

At Buffalo, New York, Ryan Miller stopped 24 shots to record his first playoff shutout, and Tim Connolly and J.P. Dumont scored power-play goals and had an assist each in Buffalo's win.

Maxim Afinogenov also scored, helping the Sabres bounce back from two road losses and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

Game 6 is today at Philadelphia in a series in which the home team has won every game.

Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1

At Raleight, North Carolina, rookie Cam Ward stopped 30 shots to win his third straight start and Eric Staal and Matt Cullen had power-play goals to help Carolina take a 3-2 lead in the series.

In each of the first four games, the visiting team came out on top, with three going beyond regulation. Carolina became the first host to take a two-goal lead before the Canadiens rallied, and now the teams head back to Montreal for Game 6.

Staal had the first goal, taking a backhand pass from Cory Stillman and sending a slap shot from the point past Cristobal Huet.

Cullen made it 2-0 in the second period when Montreal again was short-handed.

Sharks 2, Predators 1

At Nashville, Tennessee, Patrick Marleau and Steve Bernier each scored power-play goals, and the Sharks eliminated the Predators from the playoffs.

Nashville had been hoping to tap what had been the NHL's best home-ice advantage in the regular season to force Game 6 today in San Jose. But the Predators couldn't sell out the arena, and their best wasn't enough on a night when Marleau -- San Jose's captain -- scored his postseason-best seventh goal.

The Predators refused to go away easily. Paul Kariya scored his second goal of the series on a power play at 11:06 of the third, pulling Nashville to 2-1. Nashville got another man advantage, hoping to tie the game.

But Vesa Toskala smothered the only power-play shot by Marek Zidlicky with 4:21 left, and the Sharks ran out the clock even as the Predators pulled their goalie in the final minute for the extra attacker.

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