NHL Playoffs: Pens open with a bang

NHL Playoffs: Pens open with a bang
May 2, 2013, 1:30 am
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Penguins 5, Islanders 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby's broken jaw can take its time healing.

The way his teammates are playing, there is no need for the Pittsburgh Penguins star to rush back.

Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Read more.

Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1

BOSTON (AP) Claude Julien could feel his Boston Bruins improving even though the results didn't show it.

They did once the playoffs began.

Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal late in the first period, and the postseason-tested Bruins used a revived offense to beat the inexperienced Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in their series opener Wednesday night. Read more.

Sharks 3, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau scored in the third period for the San Jose Sharks, who rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Wednesday night in the first-round Western Conference series opener.

Boyle and Logan Couture both had a goal and an assist, and Marleau pushed San Jose's lead to 3-1. Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks, who were outshot 30-28. Read more.