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NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP : Penguins Continue Record Winning Streak, 7-0

April 21, 1993|From Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Penguins broke another NHL record Tuesday night, defeating the New Jersey Devils, 7-0, at Pittsburgh for their 13th consecutive playoff victory.

The Penguins, bidding for their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship, broke the Edmonton Oilers' 1984-85 record of 12 consecutive playoff victories while remaining unbeaten in 20 games (19-0-1) since March 5. They won a league-record 17 games in a row before tying their final regular-season game against New Jersey.

Ron Francis had four assists, Shawn McEachern scored twice and Mario Lemieux scored shorthanded for his third goal in two games as the Penguins took a 2-0 lead in the Patrick Division semifinal series.

Goaltender Tom Barrasso was considerably sharper than in the opener, turning away 36 shots for his third career playoff shutout.

N.Y. Islanders 5, Washington 4--Brian Mullen scored with 5:10 to play in the second overtime at Landover, Md., tying the Patrick Division semifinal series at one game apiece.

Mullen took a pass from Ray Ferraro, skated in and took a shot that bounced off goalie Rick Tabaracci and into the net.

Mullen, however, said after the game that Ferraro had tapped the puck in off Tabaracci's pads.

Tabaracci made 56 saves for the Capitals, who forced the overtime with 2.6 seconds to play in regulation when Dale Hunter completed a hat trick.

Buffalo 4, Boston 0--Grant Fuhr stopped 34 shots and the Sabres smothered the Bruins' attack with superb forechecking at Boston, taking a 2-0 lead in the Adams Division semifinal series.

Wayne Presley, Randy Wood, Alexander Mogilny and Dale Hawerchuk scored for the Sabres.

Fuhr, who made several acrobatic saves during Sunday's 5-4 overtime victory to open the series, had an easier time in Game 2. Although the Bruins outshot the Sabres, many of the shots were from long distance and the Buffalo defense prevented Boston from mounting any sustained pressure.

It was the first playoff shutout since 1989 for Fuhr, who in 10 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers played on five Stanley Cup champions.

Quebec 4, Montreal 1--Scott Young scored twice during the first period at Quebec, helping the Nordiques open a 2-0 lead in the Adams Division semifinal series.

The Nordiques stormed out with 18 first-period shots and three goals, Young's two and another by Curtis Leschyshyn.

The Canadiens have not won on the road in the playoffs in nine games, since a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bruins at Boston in Game 2 of a 1991 divisional final.

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