Rangers ad­vance af­ter OT win over Pen­guins

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The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s over­time goal and spec­tac­u­lar goal­tend­ing by Hen­rik Lundqvist for a 2-1 win over Pitts­burgh on Fri­day night to ad­vance in the Eastern Con­fer­ence play­offs.

Hagelin skated out from be­hind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side be­hind Marc-An­dre Fleury, who was as bril­liant as Lundqvist. Hagelin’s team­mates stormed off the bench, while Fleury lay on the ice, de­spon­dent.

The Rangers, who got all four wins in the se­ries by the same score, will play the win­ner of the Wash­ing­ton-New York Is­lan­ders se­ries, which the Cap­i­tals lead 3-2.

New York also won Game 4 in Pitts­burgh by the same score on Kevin Hayes’ over­time goal, on which Hagelin as­sisted. Lundqvist made 37 saves in Game 5, in­clud­ing a nifty stop on Bran­don Sut­ter in an ex­tra ses­sion that was wide open, a bit sloppy but very en­ter­tain­ing.

Ottawa 5, at Mon­treal 1: Craig An­der­son made 45 saves, and the Sen­a­tors avoided elim­i­na­tion with a victory over the Cana­di­ens in Game 5 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence first-round se­ries. Mon­treal leads the best-of-seven se­ries, 3-2. Game 6 is Sun­day in Ottawa.

Bobby Ryan, Pa­trick Wier­cioch, Erik Karls­son, Erik Con­dra and Mike Hoffman scored for Ottawa.

Tom Gil­bert had the lone goal for Mon­treal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.

The Sen­a­tors went two for four on the power play. The Cana­di­ens were 0 for 3.

Min­nesota 4, at St. Louis 1: De­van Dub­nyk had a strong bounce-back ef­fort in goal and the Wild beat the Blues to take a 3-2 lead in the West­ern Con­fer­ence firstround se­ries.

Af­ter giv­ing up six goals in two pe­ri­ods in a 6-1 loss in Game 4, Dub­nyk made 36 saves in Game 5 and twice robbed Alexander Steen from close range in the sec­ond pe­riod.

The Wild scored three straight goals af­ter Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis the early edge with his play­off-lead­ing sixth goal, in­clud­ing the fourth pow­er­play tally of the se­ries by one of the NHL’s weak­est units in the regular sea­son.

Nino Nieder­re­iter scored the go-ahead goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, and Marco Scan­della, Mikko Koivo and Char­lie Coyle also scored for Min­nesota. The Wild can wrap up the se­ries at home in Game 6 on Sun­day.

The Cen­tral Di­vi­sion cham­pion Blues will be try­ing to avoid their third straight first-round elim­i­na­tion and bring the se­ries back home for Game 7 on Wed­nes­day.

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NEW YORK RANGERS cel­e­brate the game-win­ning goal by Carl Hagelin (62) at 10:52 of over­time in Game 5 against Pitts­burgh. The Rangers won the se­ries, 4-1.

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