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2011 NHL Playoffs: 1st Round Update, 4/27

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1 (OT) -- This series went down to a photo finish. After going up 3-0 in the series against the defending champs, the Canucks suddenly found themselves in a rout of a series. Alexandre Burrows scored early in the game for Vancouver, giving them a one goal lead they would carry for most of the game. But shorthanded, with less than two minutes left in the game, Blackhawks superstar forward Jonathan Toews split the defense and flicked the puck past a sprawling Roberto Luongo to tie the game and send it into sudden-death overtime. Burrows kept the Canucks alive with his second goal of the game, just over five minutes into the extra session and Vancouver survived. They now move on to play the Nashville Predators

Vancouver wins the series, 4-3.

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia Flyers 5, Buffalo Sabres 2 -- The Flyers rode a solid performance by goalie Brian Boucher to a series victory over the Sabres. Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller had a rough game, allowing a soft goal from the point with less than 15 seconds remaining in the first period. It was all down there for the Sabres, as Derek Roy's return after four months from a knee injury proved for naught. The Flyers were aggressive and pushed the Sabres forwards all night, taking advantage of their depth. Danny Briere led the way for the Flyers against his former team, scoring a goal and assist in the game and Claude Giroux continued his hot play of late, adding two assists.

Philadelphia wins the series, 4-3.

Montreal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 1 -- Carey Price stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced, and the Canadiens held ground on their home ice as they tied the series and will send it back to a decisive Game Seven in Boston. Forward Michael Cammalleri scored his third goal of the series, and assisted on the game-winning Michael Gionta power play goal in the second period. These two teams now have less than 24 hours before the play for the last time this season.

Series tied at 3-3.

Games To Watch Tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m. EDT, (Regional Coverage) -- The Lightning have won two straight elimination games to get this far, a Game Seven in Pittsburgh against a reeling Penguins team that has lost all momentum. The Lightning have scored 12 goals in their past two games, and the offense --led by Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos -- seems to have finally found their stride against a physical and grinding Pittsburgh team. Marc-Andre Fluery has been the biggest factor in every game; when he's on, he's good enough to stall the Lightning attack. When Fleury has struggled, he's been absolutely rocked to the tune of 17 goals in three losses. Watch Fleury, he'll be the best (and most obvious) barometer in this elimination game.

Series tied at 3-3.

Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m. EDT, on Versus -- Less than 24 hours after playing an intense Game Six in Montreal, these two longtime rivals face off again in Boston for the defining game of the series. The Bruins had made a valiant comeback, winning three straight games to take control of the series. But Montreal has fought back due to a great series by goalie Carey Price, who was the backup for their 2010 playoff run. he's redeemed himself in front of a taut Canadiens defense that has given the limited Bruins forwards fits. This should be a close game, with two goalies playing at the top of their games.

Series tied at 3-3.