Chicago Black­hawks, Cal­gary Flames win, go through to fi­nal 8

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Chicago’s Dun­can Keith scored with 3:48 left to give the Black­hawks a 4-3 win against Nashville on Satur­day to com­plete a 4-3 se­ries victory and book a place in the last eight of the NHL Stan­ley Cup play­offs.

Cal­gary also pro­gressed to the sec­ond round with a come­back victory over west Canada ri­val Van­cou­ver to take the se­ries 4-2, while the New York Is­lan­ders staved off elim­i­na­tion by beat­ing Wash­ing­ton and send­ing their se­ries to a de­ci­sive Game 7, and Detroit beat Tampa Bay to also move within one win of pro­gress­ing.

Chicago’s Keith scored the win­ner when he beat a screened Nashville goal­tender Pekka Rinne with a laser-like shot from the left point. The de­fense­man, who also had the win­ning goal in a 4-3 dou­ble-over­time victory in Game 1, con­trib­uted two as­sists.

Jonathan Toews, Pa­trick Kane and Pa­trick Sharp also scored for Chicago, and Corey Craw­ford stopped 13 shots af­ter re­plac­ing Scott Dar­ling in the first pe­riod af­ter the rookie goalie gave up three goals.

Chicago will face St. Louis or Min­nesota in the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals. Min­nesota leads that se­ries 3-2.

Cal­gary pro­gressed with a 7-4 win against Van­cou­ver, though the score­line dis­guised the close­ness of the con­test, with the Flames only go­ing ahead when Matt Sta­jan scored with 4:17 left.

Michael Fer­land and Jiri Hudler each scored twice, and Sean Mon­a­han and Johnny Gau­dreau added goals for Cal­gary. Hudler’s pow­er­play goal tied the game 4-4 at 6:14 of the third pe­riod.

Luca Sbisa, Bran­don McMillan, Jan­nik Hansen and Radim Vr­bata scored for the Canucks, who had led 3-0 mid­way through the first pe­riod.

Cal­gary will play Ana­heim in the sec­ond round.

New York’s Niko­lay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and the Is­lan­ders beat Wash­ing­ton 3-1 to set up a Game 7 de­cider.

Is­lan­ders cap­tain John Tavares had a goal and as­sist, and Nick Leddy had two as­sists in what could still be the fran­chise’s fi­nal game at Nas­sau Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Coli­seum. Cal Clut­ter­buck then got the loud crowd on its feet by seal­ing the win with an empty-net goal with 53 sec­onds re­main­ing.

John Carl­son scored for the Cap­i­tals, who will host the de­cid­ing game Mon­day. The se­ries win­ner ad­vances to face the New York Rangers.

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots to shut out Tampa Bay and help the Red Wings beat the Light­ning 4-0 to claim a 3-2 ad­van­tage in the se­ries.

Ri­ley Shea­han, Drew Miller, Pavel Dat­syuk and Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings, who can close out the Eastern Con­fer­ence matchup by win­ning Game 6 home Mon­day.

The shutout was the sec­ond of the se­ries for the young Mrazek, who had no pre­vi­ous NHL play­off ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore be­ing named

at Detroit’s starter over vet­eran Jimmy Howard. Mrazek also blanked the Light­ning in Game 3 as well as hav­ing the only shutout against the league’s high­est-scor­ing team dur­ing the regular sea­son.

AP

Detroit Red Wings’ Lan­don Fer­raro, sec­ond from right, cel­e­brates a Detroit goal on Tampa Bay Light­ning goalie Ben Bishop #30 dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round play­off se­ries in Tampa, Florida on Satur­day, April 25.

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