Phil Bourque's goal in the slot 12:10 into overtime Friday night gave Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and the Penguins took a 2-1 lead in Patrick Division finals.
The Penguins' Rob Brown passed to Bourque from the left of the net along the boards and he put it between the pads of Flyers goalie Ron Hextall.The Flyers had tied the game 3-3 at 2:51 of the third period on a goal by Dave Poulin from just inside the left circle.
The Penguins were outshot 47-32 and goaltender Tom Barrasso made five sensational saves in overtime.
The fourth game in this first playoff meeting of these cross-state rivals since they entered the NHL in 1967 will be at Philadlephia Sunday night. The fifth will be at Pittsburgh Tuesday night in the best-of-seven series.
The Penguins won their third straight on Flyers' ice since ending a 15-year, 42-game victory famine in the building in January.
Mario Lemieux, the NHL's regular-season scoring champion with 199 points, had a hand in three of the four Pittsburgh goals. He scored the first and assisted on the second and third.
Canadiens 5, Bruins 4
Russ Courtnall's goal with 6:08 left spoiled Boston's comeback from a three-goal deficit, giving Montreal a victory and left the Canadiens one win away from a playoff sweep of the Bruins.
The Canadiens, 10-0-1 against the Bruins this season, can clinch the best-of-seven Adams Division final Sunday night in Boton. Montreal is 7-0 in this year's playoffs with a one-goal margin in the last six victories.
Courtnall's fourth playoff goal was set up by Ryan Walter's pass from the Montreal blue line off the left boards. Courtnall beat Boston defenseman Glen Wesley to the puck on the left side of the Bruins' zone.
Goalie Reggie Lemelin skated out to cut down the angle, but Courtnall went around him and shoved a five-foot backhander between the left post and Lemelin's right pad.
It left Montreal unbeaten in its last 13 games, 11-0-2 since losing March 17 at Washington.
The Bruins played much more aggressively late in the second period and throughout the third to get back in the game.
Boston had fought back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 to tie the score on Cam Neely's power-play goal with 9:15 left in the game. His deflection of Michael Thelven's shot from the blue line was Boston's first goal in 11 power plays duringthe series.