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NHL Playoff Capsules

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
Conference series.

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.

Rod Brind'Amour had two goals and Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen
added goals to help Carolina take a 4-3 lead, but Kovalev tied it
and Zednik put Montreal back in front.

Game 3 of the first-round series is Wednesday night in Montreal.

The Canadiens opened the series with a 6-1 victory Saturday
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^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.

Brian Gionta also scored for New Jersey, the Devils' sixth
power-play goal of the series. Blair Betts scored for the Rangers
in their seventh straight loss.

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=

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- J.P. Dumont and Jason Pominville each had
three goals and an assist to help the Sabres take a 2-0 lead in the
Eastern Conference series.

Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored, and Paul Gaustad had
three assists in the game the Sabres led 5-0 after the first
period.

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.

Simon Gagne and Petr Nedved scored for the Flyers.

Game 3 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

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