Penguins, Canucks sent packing; Bruins force Game 7

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Pittsburgh goalie Marc-André Fleury (left) and his Philadelphia Flyers counterpart, Ilya Bryzgalov, meet in the ceremonial handshake line after Sunday’s game.
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Everyone wondered how good a healthy Pittsburgh Penguins club would be.

The Philadelphia Flyers showed their Pennsylvania rival was good for six games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but no more.

The Flyers sent Sid’s Penguins packing Sunday afternoon, Philly’s 5-2 victory in Game 5 ending any chance of Pittsburgh enjoying a lengthy run through the postseason.

A good many thought that last year’s Stanley Cup finalist, the Vancouver Canucks, would be the Western Conference’s representative at the end this season.

No one bothered to tell the Los Angeles Kings.

Sunday night, Jarret Stoll’s goal 4:27 into OT sent the Canucks into summertime, the Green Men now free to do their gardening. The Kings’ 2-1 win over Vancouver ended that series in a brisk five games.

In Washington, Tyler Seguin scored early in overtime as the Boston Bruins defeated the Capitals 4-3, sending that series to a seventh game.

TONIGHT: A look at Monday’s NHL playoff action.

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