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Art­turi Lehko­nen flipped a shot past Tris­tan Jarry with 4:11 left to lift the Cana­di­ens to a stun­ning 2-0 vic­tory over the Pen­guins in Toronto on Fri­day that clinched their first berth in the round of 16 in three years.

Paul By­ron took ad­van­tage of a Pen­guins turnover, darted be­hind the net and then slipped a pass to Lehko­nen in front. Lehko­nen, 25, found enough space be­tween four Pen­guins play­ers — all of whom had their eyes on By­ron — to slip the puck into the open net.

The Pen­guins mus­tered lit­tle down the stretch, and Shea We­ber added an empty-net goal in the fi­nal sec­onds as the 12th-seeded Cana­di­ens won the best-of-five qual­i­fy­ing se­ries over the fifth-seeded Pens in four games.

“Ev­ery­body was kind of count­ing us off, so of course it feels good to win this se­ries,” Lehko­nen said. “But it was one se­ries, and we’ve got to en­joy this for a mo­ment and move on.”

Carey Price stopped 22 shots for his sixth ca­reer play­off shutout.

♦ Aus­ton Matthews scored on a power play 13:10 into over­time, and the Maple Leafs ral­lied from a three­goal deficit in the third pe­riod to beat the Blue Jack­ets 4-3, ty­ing the se­ries at two games apiece. The Leafs scored three times in 3:34 to knot the score late in the game.

♦ Brad Richard­son scored on a re­bound in over­time, Darcy Kuem­per stopped 49 shots and the Coy­otes, seeded 11th in the Western Con­fer­ence, ad­vanced in the post­sea­son for the first time in eight years with a 4-2 vic­tory over the Preda­tors in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta.

NFL Washington re­leases RB Guice

The Washington Foot­ball Team re­leased run­ning back Der­rius Guice af­ter he was charged in mul­ti­ple do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence in­ci­dents. The Loudoun County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment in Vir­ginia said that Guice was ar­rested on one count of stran­gu­la­tion, three counts of as­sault and bat­tery and one count of de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

♦ Gi­ants cor­ner­back De­An­dre Baker was for­mally charged with four counts of rob­bery with a firearm in con­nec­tion with a fight at a cook­out in May, ac­cord­ing to a pros­e­cu­tor in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida. Sea­hawks cor­ner­back Quin­ton Dun­bar, who also was ar­rested, won’t be pros­e­cuted be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

♦ The NFL’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer says the league is es­tab­lish­ing a new two-step pro­to­col for play­ers and coaches who have no known his­tory of the COVID-19 in­fec­tion and re­ceive a pos­i­tive test. Dr. Allen Sills said any in­di­vid­ual in that si­t­u­a­tion who is also asymp­tomatic will be given two con­fir­ma­tory tests on the day af­ter the pos­i­tive test re­sult.

MLB Charges filed in Sk­aggs’ death

For­mer An­gels em­ployee Eric Prescott Kay was charged with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute fen­tanyl in con­nec­tion with last year’s over­dose death of pitcher Tyler Sk­aggs, pros­e­cu­tors in Texas an­nounced. Kay was the team’ di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

♦ MLB has been in touch with the A’s about bench coach Ryan Chris­ten­son mak­ing a ges­ture that ap­peared to be a Nazi salute af­ter a win. No dis­ci­pline has been an­nounced against Chris­ten­son, who has apol­o­gized.

Cana­di­ens winger Art­turi Lehko­nen (cen­ter) re­joices in his game-win­ning goal.

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