- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2008

From combined dispatches

Penguins 3, Senators 1

OTTAWA — Evgeni Malkin and Jarko Ruutu scored second-period goals, leading Pittsburgh to a win over Ottawa last night to complete a four-game sweep of their first-round series.

Sidney Crosby scored into an empty net with 7.5 seconds remaining, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Pittsburgh, which got its first sweep in 16 years and its first playoff series win since 2001.

Cory Stillman scored for Ottawa, which was swept out of the first round for the third time during its 11 consecutive playoff appearances.

Rangers 5, Devils 3

NEW YORK — Marc Staal pushed New York within a win of the second round, and he did it with a good old slap shot.

No tricks or funky screens were needed to beat Martin Brodeur and New Jersey on this night. Staal scored his first playoff goal with 3:13 left in Game 4, and the Rangers earned a victory and 3-1 series lead over the Devils.

Predators 3, Red Wings 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dan Ellis made 39 saves as Nashville evened its Western Conference series with Detroit.

Dan Hamhuis, Shea Weber and Greg de Vries all scored their first goals of the series for the Predators.

to top the two-goal night for the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk.

Game 5 returns to Detroit tomorrow night.

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