Penguins Rout Islanders, Bruins Top Maple Leafs in NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins routed the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening games of their National Hockey League playoff series.

The Penguins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, beat the Islanders 5-0 and the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 4-1. In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks won 3-1 at the Vancouver Canucks in the opening game of their series.

The Penguins, who are missing captain Sidney Crosby because of a broken jaw, took a 2-0 first-period lead at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on goals by Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis. Pittsburgh doubled its lead with two goals in 32 seconds early in the second period, from Kris Letang on a power play and Dupuis, before Tanner Glass added a fifth goal 11 minutes later.

“It’s one win,” Dupuis said. “We definitely feel good about it, but we’ve just got to put this one behind us and get ready to work for the next one. They’ll definitely look at tape and come out harder, that’s for sure.”

In tonight’s games, the New York Rangers open their playoff series at the Washington Capitals, the Ottawa Senators visit the Montreal Canadiens, the Detroit Red Wings try to even their series at 1-1 against the host Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues seek a 2-0 lead over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

Playoffs Drought

The Islanders are making their first playoff appearance since 2007.

“Some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano told reporters. “We need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”

James van Riemsdyk got the opening goal for the Maple Leafs on a power play after one minute, 54 seconds at TD Garden in Boston. Wade Redden tied it at 16:20 and Nathan Horton scored on a power play 12 seconds before the end of the opening period for Boston.

David Krejci added a third goal for the Bruins midway through the second period and Johnny Boychuk completed the scoring 5:19 later.

The Islanders and Penguins stay in Pittsburgh for Game 2 in the best-of-seven series tomorrow, while the Bruins and Maple Leafs reconvene the following day in Boston.

At Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Kevin Bieksa put the Canucks ahead midway through the second period, four minutes before Logan Couture tied the game with a power-play goal.

The Sharks took the lead on Dan Boyle’s goal 9:17 into the third period and Patrick Marleau added a third goal for the visitors.

Vancouver hosts Game 2 tomorrow.

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