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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers rally past Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1

Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93) scores in overtime past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93) scores in overtime past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
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PITTSBURGH — Jakub Voracek beat Marc-Andre Fleury from in close 2:23 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Fleury stopped Matt Read's shot from the corner, but Voracek pounced on the rebound to cap a furious rally from a 3-0 deficit. Daniel Briere scored twice, and Brayden Schenn added a goal in his playoff debut. Ilya Brzygalov settled down after a shaky start to finish with 25 saves.

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots, but Pittsburgh struggled after dominating the first period.

Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Crosby missed the playoffs last season while dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

The former MVP wasted little time making up for lost time. He gave Pittsburgh the lead on his second shift, shaking off a hit Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn in the corner then bouncing to his feet and flipping a rebound over Bryzgalov's glove 3:43 into the first period.

PREDATORS 3, RED WINGS 2: At Nashville, Tenn., Gabriel Bourque scored two goals in his postseason debut, and Nashville beat Detroit in Game 1 of the Western Conference series. Paul Gaustad scored his first postseason goal, and Pekka Rinne made 35 saves. The Predators started at home after edging out Detroit for the No. 4 seed, and they started their third postseason series against their Central Division rival with a win.

KINGS 4, CANUCKS 2: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Dustin Penner scored the game-winning goal with 3:14 to go in the third period to give Los Angeles the Game 1 victory.

NHL playoffs

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Today's games

Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m.

Washington at Boston, 5:30 p.m.

San Jose at St. Louis, 5:30 p.m.

Chicago at Phoenix, 8 p.m.,