Pen­guins elim­i­nate Blue Jack­ets

Chicago Sun-Times - - STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS -

Sid­ney Crosby and Scott Wil­son scored 51 sec­onds apart in the third pe­riod, help­ing the Pen­guins elim­i­nate the vis­it­ing Blue Jack­ets with a 5- 2 win in Game 5 of their first- round se­ries on Thurs­day night.

Bryan Rust scored twice for Pitts­burgh, Phil Kes­sel added his sec­ond of the playoffs and Marc- An­dre Fleury fin­ished with 49 saves. The de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons will face the win­ner of the Toronto- Wash­ing­ton se­ries in the con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals start­ing next week.

Wil­liam Karls­son and Boone Jen­ner scored for the Blue Jack­ets, but Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots to fin­ish a for­get­table se­ries.

Colum­bus trailed by three in the sec­ond pe­riod but had a po­ten­tial ty­ing goal waved off in the third for in­ter­fer­ence. Pitts­burgh re­sponded im­me­di­ately. Crosby’s one­timer on the power play re­stored a two- goal lead and Wil­son’s back­hand less than a minute later fin­ished off the Blue Jack­ets.

Fleury fended off 15 shots in the first pe­riod alone, sev­eral of them from point- blank range. It gave the Pen­guins time to find their legs, and Kes­sel’s wrist shot from the top of the cir­cle 9: 07 into the first put Pitts­burgh in front.

When Rust scored twice less than three min­utes apart early in the sec­ond — both of them on back­hand re­bounds — the Pen­guins ap­peared to be in con­trol.

Rangers 3, Cana­di­ens 2 ( OT)

Mika Zibane­jad scored at 14: 22 of over­time to give the Rangers a vic­tory over the host Cana­di­ens in Game 5 of their first- round play­off se­ries.

Chris Krei­der’s shot on a rush went off Alexei Emelin’s stick right to Zibane­jad for a shot into an open side.

The Rangers grabbed a 3- 2 lead in the best- of- seven se­ries and will look to ad­vance when they host Game 6 on Sat­ur­day.

Jes­per Fast and Brady Sk­jei also scored for New York.

Art­turi Lehko­nen scored and set up a goal by Bren­dan Gal­lagher in the first pe­riod for Mon­treal.

Lines­man files suit

NHL lines­man Don Hen­der­son filed a law­suit against Flames de­fense­man Dennis Wide­man and the team, ac­cord­ing to ESPN. The state­ment of claim for dam­ages was filed on April 18 and is seek­ing dam­ages of $ 10.25 mil­lion.

Hen­der­son was in­jured dur­ing a Jan­uary 2016 Flames game against the Preda­tors when he was hit from be­hind by Wide­man. Hen­der­son hasn’t re­turned to work since.

Sun- Times wires

The Pen­guins’ Scott Wil­son ( right) cel­e­brates his third- pe­riod goal with Trevor Da­ley against the Blue Jack­ets in Game 5.

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