Skip to main content

NHL Playoff Capsules

PHILADELPHIA - Tyler Ennis scored off a rebound 5:31 into overtime Friday night to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Mike Webber fired a slapper that knocked off Michael Leighton's pad. Ennis swooped in from the right side and scored his second goal of the game.

Game 6 is Sunday in Buffalo.

The Sabres survived after blowing a 3-0 and chasing Flyers starting goalie Brian Boucher.

Thomas Vanek and Marc-Andre Gragnani also scored in the first period for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller made 36 saves. Danny Briere tied it for Philadelphia at 3:36 of the third period. James van Riemsdyk and Andrej Meszaros scored in the second.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Jerred Smithson scored 1:57 into overtime, and Nashville moved to the brink of winning a playoff series for the first time, beating Anaheim to take a 3-2 series lead.

Captain Shea Weber tied it on a long slap shot with 35.3 seconds left for the Predators, who had never even won three games in a series before their dramatic comeback stunned the Ducks.

Both teams scored two goals apiece in a thrilling third period, with Anaheim blowing two leads. Bobby Ryan scored a spectacular goal early in the third in his return from a two-game suspension, but Joel Ward tied it with 8:40 left. Jason Blake put Anaheim ahead on his second goal with 5:44 left.

Defenceman Kevin Klein scored his first career playoff goal and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for the Predators, who had never won an overtime game or a Game 5 in their brief playoff history.

Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville.

TOP HEADLINES

Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad
Play

New York Rangers Could Improve Offense by Upgrading Defense

The New York Rangers have subpar offense a quarter into the season. Adam Proteau says improving the defense could combat that issue.

Alex Formenton
Play

Senators, Formenton Fail to Reach Contract By Deadline

The Ottawa Senators and RFA Alex Formenton did not reach a contract extension by the Dec. 1 deadline, making him ineligible to play in the NHL this season.

Matty Beniers
Play

Calder Trophy Tracker: Beniers and Thompson Lead the Top 10 NHL Rookies

There’s been a lot of movement in the NHL rookie rankings since October. Consistency is what separates Matty Beniers and Logan Thompson from the rest.