Predators Beat Canucks in OT, Bruins Top Flyers in NHL Playoffs

The Nashville Predators came from behind to beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in double overtime and even their National Hockey League Western Conference playoff series at one game apiece.

Matt Halischuk snapped a wrist shot over the catching glove of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo 14:51 into the second overtime period to seal the win for Nashville.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, a finalist along with Luongo for the Vezina trophy as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped 32 shots in the win.

Vancouver appeared poised to take a two-game lead in the best-of-seven series until Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter forced overtime when he slid the puck past Luongo with 1:07 remaining in the third period. It was the first goal Luongo had allowed in 126:11. The Predators outshot Vancouver 36-15 through three periods.

Alex Burrows gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead two minutes into the second period with his 16th career short-handed goal.

Game three of the best-of-seven semifinal series is scheduled for May 3 in Nashville.

Earlier yesterday, the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

David Krejci had two goals and two assists to lead Boston, which got 31 saves from goalie Tim Thomas. Brad Marchand added two goals and an assist, while Nathan Horton, Mark Recchi and Gregory Campbell also scored for the Bruins.

Danny Briere picked up his seventh goal of the playoffs for the Flyers, who also got goals from James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Game 2 is scheduled tomorrow in Philadelphia.

Later today, the Detroit Red Wings will face the Sharks in San Jose as they look to even their Western Conference series at one game apiece after dropping the series opener 2-1 in overtime.

Following that game, the Washington Capitals will host Tampa Bay as they try to even their series with the Lightning after being beat 4-2 in the opening game of the series.

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