Bruins Sweep Flyers, Red Wings Avoid Elimination by Sharks in NHL Playoffs

The Boston Bruins completed a four- game sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers to advance to the Eastern Conference finals in the National Hockey League playoffs, while the Detroit Red Wings defeated the San Jose Sharks to avoid elimination in the Western Conference.

The Bruins defeated the Flyers 5-1 in the fourth game of their best-of-seven series and will face the Tampa Bay Lightning for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals. The Lightning took their series 4-0 against the Washington Capitals.

Johnny Boychuk snapped a 1-1 tie early in the third period, and the Bruins then added goals by Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille. Lucic had started the scoring in the first period, and the Flyers’ Kris Versteeg tied the score in the second period at TD Garden in Boston.

At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Darren Helm scored with 87 seconds left in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie for the Red Wings, who trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice during the first period as Detroit took a 3-0 lead. Logan Couture, Dan Boyle and Dany Heatley scored for the Sharks, who host Game 5 tomorrow.

In today’s game, the host Vancouver Canucks can eliminate the Nashville Predators with a win.

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