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Canadiens upset, eliminate Penguins, 5-2

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Montreal Canadiens are showing the NHL that they can beat the best in the league to become the best.

First they eliminated the Washington Capitals and now, add the Pittsburgh Penguins to that list. The Canadiens came into the playoffs with the worst won-loss record.

Mike Cammalleri (nhl)

Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of the series as he outplayed Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the Canadiens built up a surprising four-goal lead and beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night. This was the final game at Mellon Arena, the NHL’s oldest facility. Mellon was the first and only retractable roof indoor arena. Mellon Arena is expected to be torn down, sometime after the Penguins move across the street into the Consol Energy Center.

Montreal, was not expected to even come close in the series with Washington but dominated them by shutting down Alex Ovechkin. And they used pretty much the same formula in beating the Penguins.

Montreal accomplished what no other team has done since the current playoff format was changed in 1994,  beating the President’s Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion in consecutive rounds as an eighth-seeded team.

The Canadiens also played the first game in Mellon Arena, then known as the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, winning 2-1 on October 11, 1967.

Boston Bruins finally honor Bobby Orr with a statue outside the Garden

compiled from staff, wire and Boston Bruins news

Bobby Orr statue (John Sneed photo)

The Boston Bruins have unveiled a statue of Bobby Orr in his defining moment of scoring a goal.

The bronze statue depicts the most beloved player around the New England area and team history flying through the air with his arms outstretched after scoring the goal that clinched the 1970 Stanley Cup championship against the St. Louis Blues. It was unveiled to the public on Monday outside the TD Garden.

The ceremony came on the 40th anniversary of the goal.

Orr attended the ceremony with Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and several of his teammates.

The 600-pound statue is 110 percent life sized and designed by famous sports sculptor Harry Weber.

NHL PLAYOFFS East Conference (Thursday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Sidney Crosby (nhl)

Matt Carkner scored at 7:06 of the third overtime to give Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, forcing a sixth game in the Eastern Conference series.

Carkner fired a slap shot through traffic that deflected off the Penguins’ Matt Cooke from the right point for his first goal of the postseason, ending the longest game this NHL playoff season.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to give multiple points in every postseason game this season.

Brian Boucher (nhl)

The Philadelphia Flyers were the last team into the Stanley Cup playoffs, but are the first to reach the second round.

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher stopped 27 shots for his second career playoff shutout to help Philadelphia finish off the New Jersey Devils, 3-0  in Game 5.

Teemu Selanne, newest member of the 600 goals club

compiled from staff and wire reports

Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne, Sunday night became the 18th player in National Hockey League history to score 600 goals, reaching the milestone Sunday night in the Ducks 5-2 victory over Colorado.

He joins only two other European-born players in the 600-goal club: Finnish countryman Jari Kurri (601) and the Czech Republic’s Jaromir Jagr (646).

The 39-year-old Selanne is the fourth player to reach the milestone in the last four seasons, along with Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Joe Sakic.

Teemu scored 34 seconds into the second period, into a wide-open net during a power play with goalie Craig Anderson out of position after a furious scramble in front of the crease. Anderson became the 133rd goalie that Selanne has scored against in the regular season. His first NHL goal came against San Jose’s Jeff Hackett on October 8, 1992.

Selanne says he remembers it well, “It was at the Cow Palace against the Sharks.”

Ducks star Teemu Selanne (Anaheim)

Selanne also made history as far as assists go. He assisted on a power-play goal by Ryan Getzlaf, the 648th assist of Teemu’s career and the second-lowest total among players who have scored 600 goals. Bobby Hull had 560 assists, but son Brett finished his career with 650.

Selanne also played on the winning team when scored his 100th, 200th, 300th and 400th NHL goals. But Anaheim lost at Colorado, 3-2 in a shootout when he scored his 500th goal on November 22, 2006.

Selanne came on the NHL scene with the Winnipeg Jets, now the Phoenix Coyotes, after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 1988 draft. Teemu finished his rookie year with 76 goals, tying Alexander Mogilny for the league Lead.

In addition to shattering Mike Bossy’s previous rookie record of 63 goals,Selanne had 110 points to break Peter Statsny’s rookie record and ran away with the Calder Cup Trophy. The 10-time All-Star was the recipient of the first two Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophies as the NHL’s top goal scorer in 1997-98 (52) and 1998-99 (47) and won his first Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille and Teemu Selanne are the only NHL players to score 600 goals after winning the Calder Cup as rookie of the year. Luc Robitaille also reached the 600 goal milestone at Anaheim while playing for Detroit on November 9, 2001.

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