Rangers elim­i­nate Pen­guins by 2-1

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The New York Rangers ad­vanced to the last eight of the NHL Stan­ley Cup play­offs with a 2-1 win over Pitts­burgh on Fri­day, with Carl Hagelin’s over­time goal and spec­tac­u­lar goal­tend­ing by Hen­rik Lundqvist steer­ing the hosts to a victory which com­pleted a 4-1 se­ries win.

In the day’s other games, Ottawa staved off elim­i­na­tion again by win­ning at Mon­treal, and Min­nesota moved within one win of a se­ries victory by de­feat­ing St. Louis.

New York’s Hagelin net­ted the over­time win­ner when he skated out from be­hind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side be­hind Pen­guins goal­tender Marc-An­dre Fleury.

The Rangers, who got all four wins in the se­ries by the same 2-1 score, will play the win­ner of the Wash­ing­ton-New York Is­lan­ders se­ries, which the Cap­i­tals lead 3-2.

Lundqvist made 37 saves, in­clud­ing a mem­o­rable stop on Bran­don Sut­ter in an over­time ses­sion that was wide open, a bit sloppy, but very en­ter­tain­ing.

New York’s prob­lem­atic power play opened the scor­ing. Dan Boyle’s weak shot from the point fooled Fleury, who knocked it down — di­rectly to Derek Stepan in front of him. Stepan put home a tap-in just 3:23 in. Pitts­burgh’s Nick Spal­ing tied it in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Ottawa won 5-1 at Mon­treal to re­duce the se­ries deficit to 3-2, hav­ing trailed 3-0.

Sen­a­tors goalie Craig An­der­son made 45 saves while Bobby Ryan, Pa­trick Wier­cioch, Erik Karls­son, Erik Con­dra and Mike Hoffman scored for Ottawa. The Sen­a­tors are try­ing to be­come the fifth team in NHL his­tory to win a se­ries af­ter trail­ing 3-0.

Tom Gil­bert had the lone goal for Mon­treal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

Mon­treal’s strug­gling power play went 0 for 3 to drop to 1 for 19 in the se­ries.

Ottawa, which was 2 for 4 with the ex­tra man, will host Game 6 on Sun­day.

Min­nesota also claimed an im­pres­sive road win, beat­ing St. Louis 4-1 to go up 3-2 in the se­ries.

Wild goalie De­van Dub­nyk, who gave up six goals in two pe­ri­ods in Game 4, put in a much im­proved per­for­mance, with 36 saves, in­clud­ing twice rob­bing Alexander Steen from close range in the sec­ond pe­riod.

The Wild scored four straight goals af­ter Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis the early edge with his play­off-lead­ing sixth goal.

Nino Nieder­re­iter scored the goa­head goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, and Marco Scan­della, Mikko Koivo and Char­lie Coyle also scored for Min­nesota, which hosts Game 6 on Sun­day.

The Cen­tral Di­vi­sion cham­pion Blues will be try­ing to avoid their third straight first-round elim­i­na­tion and bring the se­ries back home for Game 7 on Wed­nes­day.

AP

New York Rangers’ Dan Gi­rardi #5, Ryan McDon­agh, mid­dle, and Jes­per Fast #19 cel­e­brate with New York Rangers’ Carl Hagelin, bot­tom mid­dle, af­ter Game 5 against the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins in the first round of the NHL hockey Stan­ley Cup play­offs on Fri­day, April 24.

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