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Coyotes, Devils, Capitals, Blues Win in NHL Playoffs First Round

April 20, 2012

Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 to move within one win of reaching the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

The Coyotes lead the Blackhawks by three games to one in their best-of-seven series.

The New Jersey Devils shut out the Florida Panthers 4-0 last night and the Washington Capitals topped the Boston Bruins 2-1 to even their series at two games apiece.

The St. Louis Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on goals by B.J. Crombeen and Andy McDonald to take a three-games-to-one lead in their series. Joe Thornton scored with 67 seconds left for the Sharks at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The Blues can advance to round two with a victory tomorrow on home ice.

After two scoreless periods at United Center in Chicago, Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt gave the Coyotes a 2-0 lead with goals 44 seconds apart in the third period.

Brendan Morrison made it 2-1 after 10 minutes, 25 seconds and Michael Frolik forced overtime with a goal 1:26 from the end of regulation time.

The Coyotes can eliminate the Blackhawks with a home win tomorrow night.

At Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Zach Parise, Steve Bernier, Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for the Devils, who travel to Sunrise, Florida, for Game 5 tomorrow.

At the Verizon Center in Washington, Marcus Johansson of the Capitals scored his first goal of the playoffs in the first period and Boston’s Rich Peverley tied the game 12 minutes later. Alexander Semin got a power-play goal with 77 seconds left in the second period to give Washington the win.

The Bruins return to home ice tomorrow for Game 5 against the Capitals.

Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers can eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Nashville Predators can advance to round two with a win over the Detroit Red Wings.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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