Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals: Day 10

The overtime heroes keep coming in the first round. This time, it was Jerred Smithson of the Nashville Predators. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The overtime heroes keep coming in the first round. This time, it was Jerred Smithson of the Nashville Predators. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres
GAME 5: PHI 3 – BUF 4, OT

PHILADELPHIA – It wasn’t the start the Flyers were hoping for as the Sabres hounded them for a 3-0 lead a little over halfway through the first period. The Flyers were outworked, sloppy and even collided with each other as the Sabres skated circles around them. Tyler Ennis, Thomas Vanek and Marc-Andre Gragnani scored the goals.

The Flyers returned to the ice in the second a new team and continued it into the third. James van Riemsdyk, reminiscent of last year’s Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, started a comeback that saw Andrej Meszaros and Danny Briere also score to tie the game.

The comeback fell short as Ennis scored his second of the night 5:31 into overtime.

Brian Boucher was pulled after allowing the third goal and Michael Leighton made only his second appearance of 2010-11 for the Flyers.

NEXT GAME: Sunday at 3 p.m.

SERIES: 3-2 Buffalo

No. 4 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Nashville Predators
GAME 5: ANA 3 – NSH 4, OT

ANAHEIM – Same night, same score, as the Predators win 4-3 in overtime against the Ducks, mirroring the score of the Flyers and Sabres game from earlier. The difference in this game, however, is that neither team took a commanding lead and let it go.

Nashville’s Kevin Klein scored the lone goal in the first and Anaheim’s Jason Blake scored the lone one in the second, but the third saw the rush of goals.

The teams traded goals back-and-forth in the third period. Bobby Ryan and Blake scored for the Ducks while Joel Ward and Shea Weber scored for the Predators.

Jerred Smithson scored his first goal of the playoffs 1:57 into the overtime session to give the Predators the win and a 3-2 series lead.

Ryan – in his first game back from his two-game suspension – scored what is arguably the best goal of the playoffs to this point.

NEXT GAME: Sunday at 6 p.m.

SERIES: 3-2 Nashville

EAST:

1. Washington Capitals – 3
8. New York Rangers – 1

2. Philadelphia Flyers – 2
7. Buffalo Sabres – 3

3. Boston Bruins – 2
6. Montreal Canadiens – 2

4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 3
5. Tampa Bay Lightning – 1

WEST:

1. Vancouver Canucks – 3
8. Chicago Blackhawks – 2

2. San Jose Sharks – 3
7. Los Angeles Kings – 1

3. Detroit Red Wings – 4
6. Phoenix Coyotes – 0

4. Anaheim Ducks – 2
5. Nashville Predators – 3

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