Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Cory Conacher scored twice on a shaky Peter Budaj as the Ottawa Senators advanced to the second round of...
MONTREAL — Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Cory Conacher scored twice on a shaky Peter Budaj as the Ottawa Senators advanced to the second round of the playoffs Thursday night with a 6-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens.
Ottawa took the best-of-seven series 4-1 and put a punctuation mark on its dominance in moving on for the first time since 2007, when the Senators lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Anaheim Ducks.
“Finding a way to win two games in this building feels great and so was being able to finish it off on our first chance,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “Andy made some great saves and we took over more and more as the game went on.”
Alfredsson, Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Erik Condra also scored for Ottawa, underdogs as the seventh seeds in the East, but bolstered down the stretch by the return of top players on defense: Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowan.
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P.K. Subban scored for injury-struck Montreal, which failed to solve Anderson. The Canadiens scored only nine goals in the series while allowing 20.
At Blackhawks 5, Wild 1
Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford as Chicago beat Minnesota to win its first-round playoff series 4-1.
Chicago is moving on in the postseason for the first time since the championship run in 2010. The way the Blackhawks have dominated, anything less than a trip to the Stanley Cup Final would be a disappointment.
Hossa scored off a feed from Jonathan Toews late in the first period. Marcus Kruger made it 2-0 with a wraparound early in the second. Hossa chased the Wild’s Josh Harding when he knocked in a rebound minutes later.
Then, after Torrey Mitchell scored for Minnesota, Chicago’s Andrew Shaw scored against Darcy Kuemper. Patrick Sharp added his fifth goal of the series early in the third period.
At Penguins 4, Islanders 0
Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years as Pittsburgh beat New York in Game 5 of their first-round series.
Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the third as Pittsburgh moved a step closer to advancing to the second round.
The Penguins lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Saturday in New York.
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