The Pittsburgh Penguins' offense got them into the playoffs. Their defense is keeping their postseason


With high-scoring Paul Coffey and two other key defensemen out with injuries, the Penguins got a 33-save effort from goaltender Tom Barrasso and beat Washington 4-1 on Thursday night to wrap up their first-ever Patrick Division title.

Pittsburgh got goals from Joe Mullen, Ron Francis, Jaromir Jagr and Mark Recchi, the leading scorer in the playoffs with 21 points, to advance to the Wales finals for the first time in club history.

Bruins 4, Canadiens 1

The Bruins, badly outplayed in a 6-2 loss in Game 4 at Montreal, returned the favor at Boston Garden as Cam Neely scored three goals, including two in 11 seconds in the third period, and Craig Janney had four assists.

Neely and Montreal's Brian Skrudland scored 48 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period. The Bruins dominated the second period, holding Montreal without a shot for the first 14:55.