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|NHL Playoffs Roundup -- 5/12/10
|UNDATED (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens were the last team to qualify for this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. They are now the first team to qualify for the Eastern Conference finals.
The Canadiens advanced by improving to 5-and-0 in elimination games, defeating the defending Cup-champion Penguins 5-2 in Pittsburgh. Brian Gionta scored twice while the Habs were building a 4-0 lead against Marc-Andre Fleury, who was pulled in the second period.
Jaroslav Halak made 18 of his 37 saves in the final period to preserve the victory. And Michael Cammalleri provided the game-winning tally with his seventh goal of the series and 12th of the playoffs. Only Yvan Cournoyer and Frank Mahovlich have scored more goals for the Canadiens in a single postseason.
The Flyers have become the sixth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to force a seventh game after dropping the first three.
Michael Leighton turned back 30 shots and Danny Briere scored a power-play goal to lead Philly's 2-1 triumph over the Bruins. Leighton was perfect until Milan Lucic scored with one minute remaining.
Briere made it 2-0 late in the second period after Mike Richards opened the scoring seven minutes into the contest.
Game 7 is Friday in Boston.
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