Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins, Predators Advance To Second Round; Rangers, Oilers Take 3-2 Series Leads

Four games were played on Thursday as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.


At Montreal:

Mika Zibanejad scored the winning goal at 14:22 of overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a three-games-to-two conference quarterfinal series lead over the Montreal Canadiens after their 3-2 game-five road win.

The Rangers can close out the Habs with a game-six road win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

At Pittsburgh:

Bryan Rust scored twice while Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each added a power-play goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 in game five of their opening-round series on the road and closed out the series four games to one.  Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury saved 49 of 51 Blue Jackets shots.

The Penguins will next face the Toronto-Washington series winner (that series is deadlocked at two games apiece).


At Nashville, Tennessee:

Roman Josi scored twice while Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 31 shots as the Nashville Predators completed the first four-game playoff-series sweep in their history by defeating the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in game four of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Predators will next face the St. Louis-Minnesota winner (the Blues lead their series three games to one).

At Edmonton, Alberta:

David Deshamais scored the winning goal 18:15 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers knocked off the visiting San Jose Sharks 4-3 in game five of their first-round series.

The Oilers, who now lead three games to two, can advance to the second round for the first time since 2006 (when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost to Carolina) by beating the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday.

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