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
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.
With goalie Cam Ward on the bench, Bret Hedican sent a pass across
the ice to Stillman, who sent a one-timer in off the right post.
Ryder had two goals, and he, Jan Bulis and Radek Bonk all scored
in the first period to give Montreal a 3-0 lead, forcing Hurricanes
coach Peter Laviolette to bench goalie Martin Gerber. Gerber has
allowed nine goals on 34 shots in the two games.
Game 3 of the first-round series is Wednesday night in Montreal.
The Canadiens opened the series with a 6-1 victory Saturday
^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 for New Jersey.
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.
The Rangers played without leading scorer Jaromir Jagr,
defenseman Darius Kasparaitis and goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Jagr,
the NHL's second-leading scorer, was forced to miss his first game
of the season because of a shoulder injury sustained in New York's
6-1 loss Saturday. Kasparaitis aggravated a groin injury during the
pregame skate, and Lundqvist was benched in favor of Kevin Weekes.<
^Sabres 8, Flyers 2=
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. The eight goals were
the most since Buffalo's 8-0 victory over Philadelphia in 2001.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.