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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

OTTAWA -- Dave Scatchard, Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates scored, and Garth Snow earned his first career playoff shutout to lead the New York Islanders to a stunning 3-0 victory over the top-seeded Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in the opener of their first-round series.

One day after New York coach Peter Laviolette proclaimed his eighth-place team was better than the Presidents' Trophy-winning Senators, the Islanders backed him up.

Despite finishing 30 points behind the Senators who had 113, New York got goals from Scatchard and Yashin in the first period. Bates then scored midway through the second.

Oilers 2, Stars 1

DALLAS -- Ryan Smyth popped a short-handed goal between Marty Turco's legs, and Shawn Horcoff beat the record-setting goaltender's glove on a 2-on-1 break, sending eighth-seeded Edmonton past top-seeded Dallas in Game 1.

Turco turned away seven first-period shots and was bolstered by a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Mike Modano.

Then Turco allowed two goals within a 3:48 span early in the second period and Dallas never recovered. A spurt of penalties in the third left the Stars down at least one man the final 4:06, draining their comeback hopes.

Edmonton's Tommy Salo stopped 20 shots to earn just his fourth win in 16 playoff games. Turco made 21 saves in his playoff debut.

The Stars and Oilers are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.

Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Mikael Renberg scored a power-play goal with 5:39 left, leading Toronto over the Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series opener.

The Flyers outshot the Leafs 31-15 but Toronto scored four goals on its first 13 attempts against Roman Cechmanek. Alexander Mogilny had three goals, for his first playoff hat trick, and Tie Domi also scored for the Leafs.

Ed Belfour made 28 saves for Toronto, which has won four straight first-round series.

Eric Desjardins, Donald Brashear and Eric Weinrich scored for Philadelphia, which has been eliminated in the opening round four of the last five years. That trio scored only 18 regular-season goals.

The Flyers, however, did surpass its record-low total of two goals in its five-game playoff loss to Ottawa last year.

Devils 2, Bruins 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Martin Brodeur had 26 saves to lead New Jersey over Boston in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Bryan Berard scored for the Bruins in the series that matches teams coming off embarrassing first-round losses last year. There were plenty of hard hits, and both teams played with a chippiness that could make this an interesting series.

Langenbrunner staked the Devils to a 2-0 lead with goals in each of the first two periods against Steve Shields. Brodeur made them stand with three good saves down the stretch after Berard scored early in the third.

Shields, who ended up with the starting assignment after Bruins coach Mike O'Connell hesitated to pick a goalie, stopped 26 shots.



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