Wild, Canadiens advance to 2nd round
Zach Parise scored twice, including a spectacular short-handed goal to spark Minnesota in the first period as the Minnesota Wild advanced to the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday in Game 6.
Justin Fontaine also scored, Nino Niederreiter added an empty-net goal and the Wild set up a rematch of their second-round loss last year to Chicago. The Blackhawks beat Nashville in six games to move on.
The Blues had their straight first-round ouster.
Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves, giving him 66 over the last two games after the 6-1 defeat here that allowed the Blues to tie the series. The Wild outscored them 8-2 after that, and the Blues lost their 10th straight postseason game when facing elimination.
In Ottawa, Ontario, the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs after Carey Price made 43 saves and Brendan Gallagher scored in the first period in a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Max Pacioretty sealed the win
third with an empty-net goal with 1 second remaining.
Montreal won the best-of-seven series in six games, but lost two in a row after taking a 3-0 series lead — and Ottawa nearly sent it to a deciding seventh game.
Price, nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie, rebounded after allowing five goals in Game 5 with a masterful effort as the Senators outshot the Canadiens 43-20.
Montreal, which reached the Eastern Conference finals last spring, is in the second round for a second consecutive year for the first time since 1992 and ’93.