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Panthers roar back in historic fashion

Brian Campbell scored on a second-period power play and the Florida Panthers staged their greatest playoff comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, on Tuesday night.

Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison and Mike Weaver also scored and Scott Clemmensen made 19 saves after replacing Jose Theodore early in giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Florida converted on all three of its power plays against the league's top-ranked penalty kill unit, and is now 6 of 10 in the series with the man advantage.

Zach Parise, Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 6:16.


Predators win, again

DETROIT -- Kevin Klein scored a go-ahead goal 6:25 into the third period and Pekka Rinne made 40 saves, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over Detroit and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. Rookie Gabriel Bourque and David Legwand also scored for the Predators. All goals were scored in the third period.


Coyotes work overtime

CHICAGO -- Mikkel Boedker scored at 13:15 of overtime as Phoenix rallied for a 3-2 win over Chicago to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Blackhawks played the game without rookie Andrew Shaw, who was suspended three games for hitting Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Game Two. Smith made 35 saves Tuesday.


Tonight's games

The Flyers can eliminate the favored Penguins, who will skate into Game Four (7:30 p.m., NBCSN) short-handed after the league suspended forwards Arron Ashman (four games) and James Neal (one game) after they attempted to injure members of the Flyers during incidents in Game Three.

Daniel Sedin returned to practice with Vancouver on Tuesday and will be a game-time decision tonight with the Canucks attempting to salvage their season, trailing Los Angeles, 3-0, in their best-of-seven series (10 p.m., Ch. 5 and NBCSN).

Ottawa likely will be without the injured Daniel Alfredsson tonight when it hosts the Rangers in Game Four, trailing the series, 2-1 (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5, CNBC).

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