Canadiens Tie Penguins in NHL Playoff Series; Red Wings Rout Sharks 7-1

The Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 3-2 win to tie their National Hockey League playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Detroit Red Wings avoided elimination with a 7-1 rout of the San Jose Sharks.

Tom Pyatt got the opening goal for the Canadiens in the first period at Bell Centre in Montreal last night. Maxime Talbot tied the game for the defending Stanley Cup champion 53 seconds later and Chris Kunitz put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal less than two minutes later.

Maxim Lapierre tied the score 2:07 into the third period and Brian Gionta got the winning goal for the Canadiens less than two minutes later to tie the Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tomorrow at Pittsburgh.

Johan Franzen got a first-period hat trick at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and scored a fourth goal in the third period as the Red Wings closed to 3-1 against the Sharks.

Detroit led 5-0 after the first period and added another goal 3:05 into the second through Brian Rafalski before Dany Heatley scored for the Sharks on a power play.

The Sharks can advance to the Western Conference finals for the second time in franchise history with a victory in Game 5 tomorrow at San Jose, California.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

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