Duncan Keith had a goal and three assists as the Chicago Blackhawks used a four-goal third period to finish off the St Louis Blues with a 5-1 victory in Game 6 of their first-round NHL playoff series on Sunday.
Chicago won four in a row after a slow start in St Louis. The defending Stanley Cup champions next play the winners of the Minnesota-Colorado series in the Western Conference semi-finals. The Avalanche were leading the Wild 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Minnesota yesterday.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Keith scored in the third period as the Blackhawks improved to 14-2 in home playoff games over the last two seasons.
Corey Crawford made 35 saves, keeping Chicago in a tied game when St Louis controlled the second period.
New York’s Brad Richards and Dominic Moore scored second-period goals, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as the Rangers pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 win.
Defenseman Marc Staal gave the Rangers the lead in the first period and they extended it in the second in taking a 3-2 edge in the first-round series. Game 6 is scheduled for today in Philadelphia.
If necessary, a deciding seventh game would be back at Madison Square Garden tomorrow.
The teams have alternated wins the entire series. New York clinched this one with Brian Boyle’s empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining.
In Dallas, Texas, Nick Bonino scored 2 minutes, 47 seconds into overtime after getting one of Anaheim’s two goals late in regulation as the Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 in Game 6 to clinch the first-round series.
Bonino took a wrist-shot from in front of the net after getting a pass from Andrew Cogliano and made sure the Ducks did not need a Game 7 to advance in the playoffs for only the second time since winning their lone Stanley Cup title seven years ago.
The Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation to force overtime for the first time in the series.