COLUMBUS, Ohio – Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 46.6 seconds left, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 6-5 victory and a series sweep over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The call that led to the man advantage was hotly disputed by the Blue Jackets, who were assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice.

Marian Hossa had two goals, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Cleary also scored for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who will await their conference semifinal opponent.

Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and Kris Russell each had a goal and an assist, and R.J. Umberger and Fredrik Modin also scored for Columbus.

Devils 1, Hurricanes 0

NEWARK, N.J. – Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record for playoff shutouts, making 44 saves in New Jersey’s 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on that moved the Devils within a win of advancing to the second round.

David Clarkson scored a rare power-play goal in helping Brodeur post his 23rd postseason shutout and win a great goaltending duel with Cam Ward, who stopped 41 shots.

With a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, New Jersey can eliminate the Hurricanes on Sunday in Carolina.

Flyers 3, Penguins 0

PITTSBURGH – The Philadelphia Flyers were determined not to be embarrassed, upstaged and outworked in a Game 5 in Pittsburgh, not this season. Their desperation paid off with a comeback victory in a series that looked to be lost.

Arron Asham and Claude Giroux, role players on a team filled with goal scorers, got the first two goals and the Flyers avoided elimination by beating the Penguins 3-0 to force Game 6 in the Eastern Conference first-round series.


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