Dustin Brown went to center ice for a third-period penalty shot, and both benches rose in anticipation. When Cory Schneider stopped the...
LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown went to center ice for a third-period penalty shot, and both benches rose in anticipation.
When Cory Schneider stopped the Los Angeles captain cold, the Vancouver Canucks knew they were off the ice in this first-round playoff series.
Schneider made 43 saves in his first career playoff victory, Daniel Sedin sparked Vancouver’s power play in his return from injury and the top-seeded Canucks avoided an embarrassing first-round sweep with a 3-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
“By no means are we right back in it, but it’s one we had to have,” Schneider said.
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Game 5 is Sunday in Vancouver.
Kevin Bieksa scored the go-ahead goal, and Alex Edler and captain Henrik Sedin scored the first two power-play goals of the series for the Canucks, who emphatically avoided becoming the first Presidents’ Trophy-winning team in the post-expansion era to get swept out of the first round.
With their backs against the Staples Center glass, the Canucks put together their best effort of the series, coolly overcoming a second-period deficit with three straight goals to back Schneider, who outplayed dominant All-Star goalie Jonathan Quick. Vancouver’s famed offensive creativity was at its peak, with the reunited Sedin twins combining for six shots while being on the ice for all three goals.
None of Schneider’s saves in his second straight start was bigger than his stop with 14:37 to play against Brown, who couldn’t tie it despite making multiple moves. Henrik Sedin scored 22 seconds later.
“He’s been their most dangerous player, so I just tried to stay in there,” Schneider said about Brown, who had four goals in the first three games. “I just did as much as I could to keep us in it. That’s what a goalie is for, especially on the road.”
Penguins 10, at Flyers 3
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal pushed back with a vengeance with Pittsburgh on the brink of being swept out of their first-round Eastern Conference series.
Staal had a hat trick, Malkin scored his first two goals of the series and Crosby added one to help the Penguins cut the Flyers’ series lead to 3-1. Game 5 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury settled down after a shaky first period and had his best game of the series, easily outplaying counterpart Ilya Bryzgalov.
At Senators 3,
Rangers 2 (OT)
Kyle Turris scored at 2:42 of overtime to lift Ottawa past New York, tying the Eastern Conference series at two games apiece. Game 5 is Saturday in New York.
Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar scored in the second period for the Senators to erase a 2-0 deficit, and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots.
Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan had power-play goals early in the first period for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.
• The NHL suspended Phoenix Coyotes left wing Raffi Torres indefinitely for knocking Chicago’s Marian Hossa out of the game — and maybe the playoffs — with a shoulder blow to the head. Hossa won’t play in Game 4 on Thursday with the Coyotes leading the series 2-1.