Penguins Advance In NHL Playoffs


Published on April 29 2014 6:09 am
Last Updated on April 29 2014 6:09 am
Written by Millie Lange

Penguins Advance By Blue Jackets

(Columbus, OH) -- Evgeni Malkin registered a hat trick to help power the Penguins past the Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game Six of their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series from Columbus. Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh, which won the series 4-2 and plays the Rangers or Flyers in the conference semifinals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots in the win. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 24 shots as well in the loss. Fedor Tyutin, Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno scored in the third for Columbus.

Wild Go To Game Seven With Avalanche

(St. Paul, MN) -- Zach Parise scored the go-ahead tally during a three-goal third period as the Wild beat the Avalanche 5-2 to force a Game Seven in their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Parise ended with two goals and two assists for the Wild, who evened up the best-of-seven set at three games apiece.  Jason Pominville added a goal and a helper, while Mikael Granlund and Marco Scandella also lit the lamp. Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves in the victory. Paul Stastny and Nick Holden both scored for Colorado, which hosts the decisive Game Seven on Wednesday. Semyon Varlamov allowed three goals on 21 shots in defeat.

Kings Force Game Seven Against Sharks

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Kings found the back of the net three times in the third period and forced a Game Seven over San Jose with a 4-1 victory at the STAPLES Center. Justin Williams got Los Angeles on the board in the first period.  Williams would score the eventual game-winner in the third period to move the score to 2-1. Anze Kopitar scored goals three and four in a span on 90 seconds to seal the victory for the Kings. Doughty finished with two assists and Jonathan Quick stopped 26 pucks in the win.  Alex Stalock was beaten four times in the net for the Sharks and James Sheppard scored the lone goal in the loss.  The Kings could become the fourth team in NHL history to rally back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series. Game Seven is Wednesday in San Jose.

Blackhawks Still Waiting To Learn Opponent

(Chicago, IL) -- The Blackhawks still don't know who they will face in the next round of the playoffs. The Wild beat the Avalanche last night, forcing a deciding Game Seven in their series Wednesday night. Chicago was 1-3-1 against the Avs and 2-3 against the Wild during the regular season.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is a finalist for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHL's top defenseman. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Predators blueliner Shea Weber are also up for the honor. Keith had 55 assists and finished second among defenseman with 61 points.

Monday, April 28 Scoreboard

NHL Playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3
(Penguins win best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 4-2)

Minnesota Wild 5, Colorado Avalanche 2
(Best-of-seven Western quarterfinal tied, 3-3)

Los Angeles Kings 4, San Jose Sharks 1
(Best-of-seven Western quarterfinal tied, 3-3)

Tuesday, April 29 Schedule (Time Central)

NHL Playoffs

6:30 p.m. - New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
(Rangers lead best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 3-2)