The Detroit Red Wings eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 on Sunday, while the New York Rangers stayed alive with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals that forced a final game in the first-round series.
The Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Bruins 2-1 to send the playoff series back to Boston for Game 7.
Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the first-round series’ final four games to oust the Ducks.
Detroit faces top-seeded Chicago in the second round.
Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin scored and Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots for the Ducks, who failed to win their first playoff series since 2009, despite home-ice advantage in Game 7.
In New York, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots to earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the Rangers, who stayed alive with a victory that forced Game 7.
Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9 minutes, 39 seconds of the second period, with a goal that was originally credited to struggling forward Rick Nash.
The game ended with a melee in the far left corner in the New York zone after the final buzzer had sounded.
Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals to set up a Game 7 for last night in Boston. Milan Lucic scored for Boston with 26 seconds left in the third. James Reimer made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs.