Flyers eliminate Penguins in six games

Philadelphia's Claude Giroux scored a goal in Game 6, his sixth of the series, to help the Flyers oust the rival Penguins. Philadelphia advances to the second round.

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux wrapped up a dominant series with his sixth goal, Ilya Bryzgalov had his first outstanding effort in net and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday to win the Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games.


Giroux scored 32 seconds into the game, and the Flyers rolled from there. In a series where no lead was safe, the Flyers scored the first three goals and made it stand behind Bryzgalov and stout defense.

“G is a very special player,” Bryzgalov said. “There’s not very many players like that in the world.”

Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in the first five games. He settled down in Game 6 and gave up only Evgeni Malkin’s power-play goal in the second period.

Scott Hartnell added a power-play for Philadelphia in the first period, and Erik Gustafsson made it 3-0 early in the second. Giroux had assists on both goals.

Pittsburgh won Games 4 and 5 after dropping the first three.



In Washington, Tyler Seguin scored at 3:17 of overtime, Tim Thomas made 36 saves, and defending Stanley Cup champion Boston beat Washington to force a seventh game in the Eastern Conference series.

Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.

In overtime, David Krejci intercepted a pass by Nicklas Backstrom and sent the puck to Milan Lucic, who passed ahead to Seguin. Seguin, who entered the game without a point in the series, veered slightly to his right to draw goalie Braden Holtby from the net, then lifted a shot past the rookie to win it.

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead at 11:51 of the third period on Andrew Ference’s goal, but Alex Ovechkin tie it with 4:52 left in regulation. Boston’s Rich Peverley opened the scoring at 5:56 of the first period, and Mike Green tied in midway through the period.



In Vancouver, British Columbia, Jarret Stoll beat Cory Schneider with a wrist shot at 4:27 of overtime to give Los Angeles a victory over Vancouver, knocking out the top-seeded Canucks in five games in the Western Conference first-round series.

Brad Richardson tied it for Los Angeles at 3:21 of the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.

Henrik Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver with a power-play goal in the first period.

Schneider made 35 saves in his third consecutive start after Roberto Luongo lost the first two games.

The Kings will play the St. Louis Blues in the second round.



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