The top-seeded Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers advanced to the conference semifinals in the National Hockey League playoffs, while the Montreal Canadiens forced a decisive seventh game against the Boston Bruins.
Alex Burrows scored 5 minutes, 22 seconds into overtime, his second goal of the game, to lift the host Canucks to a 2-1 victory against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena in Game 7 of their series. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews scored with 1:56 remaining in the third period to force overtime. The Blackhawks had rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the series to force a seventh game.
The Flyers advanced to the second round last night with a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 7 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Braydon Coburn, Danny Briere, James van Riemsdyk, Ville Leino and Daniel Carcillo scored for the Flyers, who last won the Stanley Cup in 1974-75.
Tyler Myers and Brad Boyes scored for the Sabres.
At Bell Centre in Montreal, the Canadiens stopped a streak of three straight losses by beating the Bruins 2-1. Montreal travels to Boston tonight for the final game in the best-of- seven series and a spot in the second round.
Mike Cammalleri scored in the first period for Montreal, and Brian Gionta scored the winning goal in the second. Dennis Seidenberg had Boston’s only goal.
In tonight’s other game, Tampa Bay travels to Pittsburgh for Game 7 in their first-round series.
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