Wild, Cana­di­ens ad­vance to 2nd round

The China Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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