NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello
scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers
beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night
to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Derek Stepan also scored and
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots to help New York get past
the first round for the fifth time in six years. The Rangers
won three straight after falling behind 2-1 to beat Montreal
for the ninth time in 16 postseason series.
The Rangers will face the
winner of the Ottawa-Boston series, which the Senators lead
Alexei Emelin scored for
Montreal and Carey Price finished with 20 saves. The
Canadiens, winners of the Atlantic Division after missing
the playoffs last year, were bounced from the postseason by
the Rangers for the second time in four years. In 2014, it
was in the conference finals.
BLUES 4, WILD 3, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —
Magnus Paajarvi scored at the 9:42 mark in overtime, giving
the St. Louis Blues a series-clinching win over the
The Blues advanced to play
Nashville in the second round.
Jake Allen made 34 saves for
the Blues, who led 2-0 and 3-1 in Game 5 before a furious
rally by the Wild to try to keep their season alive forced
the extra frame.
Paajarvi's first career
playoff goal gave Blues coach Mike Yeo the satisfaction of
beating the team that fired him a little over a year ago.
Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker
scored to bring the Wild back from their second two-goal
hole, a deficit that held past the midpoint of the third
OILERS 3, SHARKS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) —
Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on breakaways in
the opening minutes of the second period and the Edmonton
Oilers advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a
victory in Game 6 over the San Jose Sharks.
Draisaitl and Slepyshev each
buried their chances for their first career playoff goals
and the Oilers held off the Sharks after that to get the win
in their first playoff series since getting to the Stanley
Cup Final in 2006. Connor McDavid iced the game with an
empty-net goal with less than a second to play for his first
even-strength point of the series.
Patrick Marleau got the
Sharks on the board with 7:48 left in the third period, but
Cam Talbot didn't allow anything else on 28 shots to get the