Glass Scores in Pens’ Victory
Pittsburgh — Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders last night.
Beau Bennett, Kris Letang and former Dartmouth stadout Tanner Glass also scored for the Penguins, who had no trouble against the upstart Islanders even with star Sidney Crosby sidelined by a broken jaw. Crosby has been out since he was struck by a puck on March 30 in a game against the Islanders.
The Penguins, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, beat Evgeni Nabokov four times in the game’s first 22 minutes, including goals by Letang and Dupuis 32 seconds apart early in the second period to send Nabokov to the bench after he stopped just 11 shots.
Kevin Poulin came on in relief and surrendered a soft goal to Glass.
Pacers 106, Hawks 83
Indianapolis — David West scored 24 points and Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta, taking a 3-2 playoff series lead.
The Pacers have all won three home games in the best-of-seven series and are 5-0 at home this season against the Hawks. They’ll go to Atlanta on tomorrow with a chance to clinch the best-of-seven series. But the Hawks have won 13 straight at home against the Pacers, including both games in this series.
Named Top Rookie
Portland, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was unanimously chosen the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft out of Weber State, led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average.
He also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games this season.
Lillard broke Stephen Curry’s rookie record for 3-pointers in a season, finishing with 185.