Sports Blurbals

By Jesse Gaunce
April 24, 2011

Flyers beat Buffalo 5-2 in Game 7 of first round

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 5-2 and move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Braydon Coburn, Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk scored the first three goals for the Flyers in the game.  Briere’s goal was his sixth of the series.  The Flyers jumped out to a 4-0 lead and Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller was pulled after Ville Leino’s third-period goal.  Miller made 24 saves on 28 shots and was replaced by Jhonas Enroth.  Brian Boucher didn’t surrender a goal until the third period when Tyler Myers and Brad Boyes scored for the Sabres.  Boucher made 26 saves to lead Philadelphia to victory.

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Sixers beat Heat 86-82 to avoid sweep

Lou Williams drained a crucial 3-pointer with under a minute to play and the Philadelphia 76ers are taking their talents back to South Beach with a 86-82 victory over the heavily-favored Miami Heat on Sunday, April 24. The Sixers have been in this series all the way with the exception of the blow-out loss in Game 2. They were up for much of Game 3 and lost the lead mid-way through the fourth quarter. That looked like it was going to be the case in Game 4, but they held on and cut Miami’s series lead to 3-1. Game 5 will be Wednesday, April 27 in Miami.

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Canadiens force Game 7 with 2-1 win over Boston

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday, April 26 to force Game 7.  Goaltender Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens in the victory.  Price stopped all 11 shots he saw in the third period and was backed by goals from Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.  Both goals came on the powerplay and Gionta’s goal in the second period proved to be the game winner.  Tim Thomas made 25 saves for the Bruins in the loss.  Despite outshooting Montreal by a margin of 32-27, Dennis Seidenberg was the only Boston player to score.  Game 7 will be in Boston on Wednesday, April 27.

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Chicago edges Canucks 4-3, erase 3-0 deficit

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks rallied in Game 6 against the Vancouver Canucks by a 4-3 final on Sunday, April 24. The game had a strange twist before it even started. Canucks star goaltender Robert Luongo was benched in favor of back-up Cory Schneider. Schneider was injured in the third period of Game 6 and was replaced by Luongo. Blackhawks rookie forward Ben Smith scored the winner in overtime to force a Game 7 in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 26. After being down 0-3 in the series, the Blackhawks have found that Stanley Cup-winning formula again and have rallied furiously to come back in the series. This marks the second consecutive year that a team has rallied from an 0-3 series deficit to force a Game 7.

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Celtics complete sweep of Knicks

The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 101-89 on Sunday, April 24. The Celtics won the series 4-0. It was their first playoff sweep since 1992 and the fifth in team history. The Celtics had a 23-point lead cut to four points in the fourth quarter, but held on behind Kevin Garnett’s 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics are the first team in this year’s playoffs to reach the second round and await the winner of the 76ers-Heat series.

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