NHL PLAYOFFS

Penguins cruise in opener

The Associated PressMay 1, 2013 

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    Penguins, Bruins cruise to NHL playoff wins

— Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Beau Bennett, Kris Letang and Tanner Glass also scored for the Penguins, who had no trouble against the upstart Islanders even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw. Pittsburgh hardly needed its captain to continue its mastery of the Islanders, who made their first playoff appearance since 2007.

The Penguins, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, beat Evgeni Nabokov four times in the game’s first 22 minutes.

BRUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1

At Boston, Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal late in the first period, and Boston used a revived offense to win its playoff opener.

Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night in Boston, where the Bruins have won six straight against the Maple Leafs.

Chicago, Pittsburgh plan game at Soldier Field

The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are heading outside again. Just not on New Year’s Day this time.

The NHL announced the Blackhawks and Penguins will play at Soldier Field next year on Saturday night, March 1.

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