Flyers, Penguins Win to Lead NHL Playoff Series 2-1; Red Wings Go Up 3-0

The Detroit Red Wings pushed the Phoenix Coyotes to the verge of postseason elimination with a 4- 2 victory in one of three National Hockey League playoff games decided by the same score.

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on the road for their second straight win, while the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. The Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in yesterday’s other playoff game.

Ruslan Salei and Drew Miller each scored goals for Detroit less than three minutes into last night’s game at Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen added goals for the Red Wings as the third seed in the Western Conference went up 3-0 in the best-of-seven playoff series. Detroit can complete a sweep with a road win in Game 4 tomorrow.

The Vancouver Canucks are the only other team that could sweep its first-round series and visit the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks tonight with a 3-0 lead.

The Los Angeles Kings host the San Jose Sharks in today’s other Western Conference playoff game.

Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Nikolay Zherdev and Kimmo Timonen scored goals yesterday for the Flyers, who never trailed at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

Philadelphia, the second seed in the Eastern Conference, took a 2-1 series lead. The Flyers have totaled nine goals in the past two games after being shut out in the opener.

The Sabres host Game 4 tomorrow.

David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley scored as the third-seeded Bruins opened a 3-0 lead and held off the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal. Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left for Boston, which lost the first two games of the series at home and now trails 2-1.

Tyler Kennedy’s third-period goal snapped a 2-2 tie for the fourth-seeded Penguins at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. Pittsburgh rebounded from a 5-1 home loss in Game 2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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