Sabres rout Flyers for 2-0 lead

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- J.P. Dumont and Jason Pominville each had three goals and an assist to help the Sabres to an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference series.

Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored, and Paul Gaustad had three assists in the game the Sabres led 5-0 after the first period.

The Sabres, who needed 58 shots to beat Philadelphia 3-2 in double overtime on Saturday night, scored twice on their first three shots and needed only 12 to build a 6-1 lead on Dumont's third goal midway through the second period.

Devils 4, Rangers 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- John Madden tied an NHL playoff record with two short-handed goals and finished with his first postseason hat trick in New Jersey's victory over the New York Rangers.

With the victory, the Devils ran their winning streak to 13 games and took a 2-0 lead in first-round Eastern Conference series. Game 3 is Wednesday night in New York.

Brian Gionta also scored for New Jersey, the Devils' sixth power-play goal of the series. Blair Betts scored for the Rangers in their seventh straight loss.

The Rangers played without leading scorer Jaromir Jagr, who was forced to miss his first game of the season because of a shoulder injury sustained in New York's 6-1 loss Saturday.

Canadiens 6, Hurricanes 5, 2OT

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Michael Ryder scored 2:32 into the second overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 6-5 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

Chris Higgins chased down the puck behind the net, then centered it to Ryder, who quickly ended the game with a slap shot.

Alex Kovalev and Richard Zednik scored 36 seconds apart in the third period to give Montreal a 5-4 lead, but Cory Stillman forced the extra period with a goal with 90 seconds left in regulation.

-- The Associated Press

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