Rookie Bobby Ryan scored two goals and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in his second playoff shutout as the Anaheim Ducks rocked the top-seeded San Jose Sharks again, winning 4-0 on Thursday to take a 3-1 series lead.
Corey Perry had a late goal and an assist and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists for the Ducks, who emphatically moved within one game of becoming the eighth No. 8 seed to win an NHL playoff series since 1994.
Ryan scored twice in a 3:40 span of the second period, giving him four goals in the four-game series. Anaheim then clamped down on Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the Sharks’ top scorers, making Hiller’s job relatively easy.
Game five is tonight in San Jose, California.FLYERS 3, PENGUINS 0
At Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Arron Asham and Claude Giroux scored the first two goals as Philadelphia avoided elimination by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday to force a sixth game in the NHL Eastern Conference first-round series. Martin Biron made 28 saves and Mike Knuble also scored for Philadelphia.
After winning 2-1 in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the Penguins were in position to finish off the Flyers in game five on home ice for a second successive season.
Game six is scheduled for today in Philadelphia.
DEVILS 1, HURRICANES 0
At Newark, New Jersey, Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record for playoff shutouts, making 44 saves to help New Jersey beat Carolina and take a 3-2 series lead.
David Clarkson scored a power-play goal in helping Brodeur post his 23rd postseason shutout and win a great goaltending duel with Cam Ward, who stopped 41 shots.
Brodeur’s gem, which ended with the crowd shouting “Mar-tee! Mar-tee!” came just 48 hours after a 4-3 loss in game four on a controversial goal by Jussi Jokinen with less than a second to play.
Jokinen and Brodeur bumped in front of the crease seconds before the goal and Brodeur felt the officials should have blown the play dead.
Game six is scheduled to be played tomorrow at Carolina.
RED WINGS 6, BLUE JACKETS 5
At Columbus, Ohio, Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 46.6 seconds left to give Detroit a first-round sweep over St Louis.
The call that led to the man advantage was hotly disputed by the Blue Jackets, who were assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice.
Marian Hossa had two goals, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist and Daniel Cleary also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.
Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and Kris Russell each had a goal and an assist and R.J. Umberger and Fredrik Modin also scored for Columbus.