Andrei Kostitsyn scored two goals and rookie Carey Price posted a 25-save shutout to put the Montreal Canadiens and their ear-splitting fans into the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins last night.
The Canadiens won the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final 4-3, improving their record against the rival Bruins all-time in playoff series to 24-7.
Mike Komisarek, Mark Streit and Sergei Kostitsyn also scored for Montreal, which is now 5-2 in playoff Game 7s against Boston and 11-8 overall.
The Bruins came into the final game having tied the series with two straight wins in which they checked the Canadiens relentlessly and pumped five goals in each game past Price. But Price played brilliantly to post his second shutout of the series and the Canadiens remained unbeaten at 27-0 when leading a series by 3-1.
Capitals 4 Flyers 2 — Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the third period to lift the Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last night and send the series back to Washington for a decisive Game 7.
The Capitals have rallied back from a 3-1 hole and have a chance to win only the second Game 7 in franchise history tonight. The other one should be painfully familiar to the Flyers faithful: Dale Hunter scored an overtime goal that led Washington past Philadelphia 20 years ago this month.