Rangers, Kings, Wild Advance In NHL Playoffs
Published on May 1 2014 10:11 am
Last Updated on May 1 2014 10:11 am
Written by Millie Lange
Rangers Advance Past Flyers
(New York, NY) -- Benoit Pouliot scored the game-winner midway through the second period as the Rangers defeated the Flyers 2-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. New York won the series 4-3 and plays Pittsburgh in the next round. Daniel Carcillo also lit the lamp for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist allowed one goal on 27 attempts in the victory. Steve Mason gave up both goals on 33 shots for the loss. Jason Akeson scored for Philadelphia.
Wild Beat Avalanche in OT
(Denver, CO) -- Nino Niederreiter scored the game-winner five minutes into overtime to lift the Wild to a 5-4 win over the Avalanche in Game Seven of their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series from Denver. The Wild become the first road team to win in the series and play the reigning NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks in the next round. Niederreiter scored twice while Kyle Brodziak had three assists. Nick Holden and Jamie McGinn scored in the first while Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson scored in the third period for Colorado. Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 shots before making way for Ilya Bryzgalov, who made only one save for the Wild. Semyon Varlamov turned away 30 attempts in the loss.
Kings Rally From 3-0 Series Deficit To Beat Sharks
(San Jose, CA) -- The Los Angeles Kings are in the history books. The Kings became just the fourth team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 series deficit and win following a 5-1 victory over the Sharks in Game Seven of their Western Conference quarterfinals series in San Jose. LA joins the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams to accomplish the feat. Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson tallied a goal and an assist each for the Kings, who will face the Ducks in the West semifinals starting Saturday in Anaheim. Jonathan Quick made 39 saves in the victory. Matt Irwin scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who were outscored 18-5 over the last four games. Antti Niemi stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in defeat.
Blackhawks To Play Wild
(Denver, CO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday. The Blackhawks advanced by the St. Louis Blues in the first round while the Wild won 5-4 in overtime last night against the Avalanche. Chicago won two of five games against the Wild this regular season.
Wednesday, April 30 Scoreboard
New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
(Rangers win best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 4-3)
Minnesota Wild 5, Colorado Avalanche 4 (OT)
(Wild win best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 4-3)
Los Angeles Kings 5, San Jose Sharks 1
(Kings win best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 4-3)
Thursday, May 1 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:30 p.m. - Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins
(Game One of best-of-seven Eastern semifinal)