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Sharks Eliminate Red Wings in NHL Playoffs; Penguins Win

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- The San Jose Sharks beat Detroit 2-1 to eliminate the Red Wings from the National Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series.

The Sharks advanced to the conference finals in five games in the best-of-seven series. They will next play the Vancouver Canucks or Chicago Blackhawks in the next round.

After a scoreless first period, Brian Rafalski put Detroit up 1-0 less than three minutes into the second period at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Joe Thornton tied the game 1-1 two minutes later.

Patrick Marleau sealed the win for the Sharks 6 minutes, 59 seconds into the last period.

At Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, the defending champion Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 to come within one game of reaching the Eastern Conference final.

The Penguins lead the conference semifinals 3-2. They can win the best-of-seven series tomorrow in Montreal.

Kris Letang scored a power-play goal for the Penguins with less than two minutes left in the first period, while Sergei Gonchar added another one in the second period.

Mike Cammalleri gave the Canadiens their only goal with 31 seconds left in the game.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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