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NHL: Guerin’s goal gives Penguins win

AP , PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

St Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason misses a puck shot by Vancouver Canucks’ Mats Sundin during the second period of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final game in Vancouver on Friday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game after Pittsburgh went on a rare two-man advantage in overtime as the Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Friday to lead by two games in their NHL first-round playoff series.

Guerin took Sergei Gonchar’s pass from center point and skated toward the net from the low left circle, faked a pass and beat goalie Martin Biron on a shot that deflected off the post and into the net 18:29 into overtime.

Guerin also scored the goal that tied it at 1 late in the second period. Later Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 with 3:37 remaining in the third after rookie Darroll Powe’s goal put the determined Flyers up early in the period.

Philadelphia will host Game 3 today.

HURRICANES 2, DEVILS 1, OT

At Newark, New Jersey, defenseman Tim Gleason scored his first NHL playoff goal on a slap shot at 2:40 of overtime as Carolina beat New Jersey to level their playoff series at a game apiece.

Gleason’s shot from the right point appeared to hit the skate of Devils defenseman Niclas Havelid and carom past defenseless goalie Martin Brodeur.

Eric Staal, who provided a screen in front of Brodeur, scored the other goal for the Hurricanes.

Zach Parise tallied for the Devils, who lost captain Jamie Langenbrunner to a lower body injury in the second period.

Game 3 of the series is today at Carolina.

CANUCKS 3, BLUES 0

At Vancouver, Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in his first NHL playoff shutout as the home team beat St Louis to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

Mats Sundin, playing in his first postseason series in five years, put Vancouver ahead late in the second period and Luongo did the rest as the Canucks grabbed a commanding advantage in the series that continues today in St Louis.

Alex Burrows added an insurance goal midway through the third period and Henrik Sedin, who had an assist on Burrow’s goal, scored into an empty net with 1:24 left.

Luongo, who finished the regular season with consecutive shutouts before making 25 saves in a 2-1 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday, made several spectacular saves. He got some help as Blues forward Andy McDonald hit the crossbar three times.

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