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Sabres send Flyers home

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2001


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dave Andreychuk felt sorry for Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek. There was nothing more to say.

Andreychuk had a power-play goal and two assists as Buffalo scored on five of its first nine shots and stunned Philadelphia 8-0 Saturday to win the first-round playoff series 4-2.

"It was one of those games, and I've been in a few of them where everything goes your way," said Andreychuk, whose power-play goal put the Sabres up 4-0 with 1:14 left in the first period.

"We got the bounces, we got the breaks. I feel bad for the goalie because he had a great year, a great series. It was just one of those things."

It was Buffalo's largest margin of victory in a playoff game, and Philadelphia's worst-ever defeat in the playoffs. The Flyers have been beaten by six goals three times, the last coming in a 9-3 loss to the New York Rangers 18 years ago in the last playoff game of Flyers coach Bill Barber's stellar playing career.

"It sure wasn't the way we wanted to continue on or finish the series," a subdued Barber said. "We had a couple of wins, and then it felt like the wheels fell off our wagon."

Blues eliminate Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Roman Turek spent the final seconds in full panic mode. He scrambled and scratched, diving from post to post. When the puck was finally cleared and the buzzer sounded, he took a breath.

That's when St. Louis captain Chris Pronger joyously tackled him in an embrace celebrating Turek's redemption and the Blues' revenge.

Turek stopped 30 shots, and the Blues broke open a scoreless game with two second-period goals in 52 seconds as St. Louis advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 2-1 victory against San Jose.

Cory Stillman and Pavol Demitra struck for quick scores late in the second, but the Blues owed the victory to team defense and to Turek, who finally erased the memories of his crash-and-burn performance against the Sharks in last season's playoffs.

A year ago, St. Louis had the league's best regular-season record but lost a seven-game series to San Jose, and most of the blame landed on Turek. Owen Nolan's goal from mid-ice in Game 7 was the series' enduring image, a symbol of a talented team let down by its goalie.

This time, the Blues earned payback with a 4-2 series victory.

"Whatever happened last year, it's over," Turek said. "It doesn't matter what happened back then. We're here now, and we're going to the second round."

Kings a game away

DETROIT -- A lot can happen in a week. Just ask the Los Angeles Kings.

Trailing 2-0 in their first-round Western Conference series with Detroit, the Kings gritted out two home wins before edging the Red Wings 3-2.

Ziggy Palffy had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which takes a 3-2 series lead to Staples Center for Game 6 on Monday. Game 7, if necessary, will be Wednesday in Detroit.

"This would be great if it was a best-of-five, but it's a best-of-seven," Kings coach Andy Murray said.

Ian Laperriere and Adam Deadmarsh also scored for Los Angeles, which handed Detroit its first home loss in 2001. The Wings hadn't lost at Joe Louis Arena this year, posting a 19-0-2 record since losing on Dec. 27.

Brendan Shanahan played for Detroit after missing three games with a broken foot.

PENGUINS 2, CAPITALS 1: Mario Lemieux had a goal and an assist to raise his career playoff point total to 161 as visiting Pittsburgh moved within a victory of the second round.

Andrew Ference gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead, 31 seconds before Lemieux's 73rd post-season goal in the first period. Sergei Gonchar scored for Washington in the second.

Pittsburgh, which has won five of the six playoff series between the teams, improved to 7-0 against Washington in Game 5s. The Penguins lead the series 3-2 and can eliminate the Capitals at home Monday. Game 7, if necessary, would be Tuesday in Washington.

STARS 3, OILERS 1: Joe Nieuwendyk returned from a knee injury and scored with 2:53 left to lead visiting Dallas to the Western Conference semifinals.

Nieuwendyk, injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Edmonton's Scott Ferguson in Game 1 of the series, broke a 1-1 tie at 17:07 of the third, and Mike Modano added an empty-net goal with 44 seconds remaining as the Stars won the first-round series 4-2.

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