National Hockey League

 
            ***** National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules *****
                               (Friday, April 24)
 
                  Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Carl Hagelin scored the series-clinching
 goal  at 10:52 of overtime as the New York Rangers advanced with a 2-1 victory
 over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal
 series.  In the  extra  session,  Dominic Moore  controlled  the  puck in  the
 right  corner boards  and Hagelin eventually worked it out, whipping a shot in
 from  the right  circle for  the  win. Derek  Stepan  had the  other goal  and
 Henrik  Lundqvist  made 37  saves  for  the  Rangers,  who won  a  first-round
 matchup  for  the  fourth straight  time  and  will  face  the winner  of  the
 Washington/NY  Islanders  series in the  semifinals. Nick Spaling had the only
 goal  of the  game  for the  Penguins,  who had  lost to  the  Rangers in  the
 semifinals last season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots in the loss.
 
 
                       Final Score: Ottawa 5, Montreal 1
 
 Montreal,  QC (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Craig Anderson  helped  keep the  Ottawa
 Senators  alive for another game with a terrific performance in a 5-1 win over
 the  Montreal Canadiens  in the  Eastern Conference  quarterfinals on  Friday.
 Anderson,  who  provided a 28-save shutout  in Game 4, made his third straight
 start  after taking over for rookie Andrew Hammond and finished with 45 saves,
 19  of  which came  in the  third period. Mike  Hoffman tallied  a goal and an
 assist,   while  Bobby   Ryan,  Patrick  Wiercioch,  Erik  Karlsson  and  Erik
 Condra  also  scored for  the  Senators,  who  staved  off elimination  for  a
 second  game  after falling  behind  3-0  in  this best-of-seven  series.  Tom
 Gilbert  provided Montreal's  lone marker  and  Carey Price  allowed all  five
 goals  on 25 shots  in defeat. The series will shift back to Ottawa for Game 6
 on Sunday.
 
 
                     Final Score: Minnesota 4. St. Louis 1
 
 St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Devan  Dubnyk came  up  with a  36-save
 performance and four different players scored as Minnesota moved a step closer
 to  advancing after recording  a 4-1 decision over St. Louis in Game 5 of this
 Western  Conference quarterfinal.  Marco Scandella,  Nino Niederreiter,  Mikko
 Koivu  and  Charlie Coyle supplied  offense for the Wild,  who shook off a 6-1
 home  shellacking on  Wednesday night and can close out their rivals back home
 in  Game  6 on Sunday afternoon.  Vladimir Tarasenko posted the lone score for
 the  Blues, who  are in  danger of  being eliminated  in the  first round  for
 the third consecutive season. Jake Allen stopped just 15 shots in the setback.
 
 
 
 
 
 04/25 00:57:32 ET

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