Top-seeded ’Hawks ousted

NEWS SER­VICES

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Ro­man Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Preda­tors beat the Chicago Black­hawks 4-1 on Thurs­day night to com­plete a sur­pris­ing sweep of the Western Con­fer­ence’s top seed.

“We sur­prised a lot of peo­ple, but not our­selves,” Preda­tors cap­tain Mike Fisher said.

Colton Sis­sons also scored and Vik­tor Arvids­son added an empty-net goal as Nashville com­pleted the fran­chise’s first play­off sweep. Led by Rinne and a ter­rific de­fen­sive per­for­mance, the Preda­tors lim­ited the high-scor­ing Black­hawks to three goals in 13 pe­ri­ods.

SUM­MARIES PITTS­BURGH 5, COLUM­BUS 2

Colum­bus ............................................. 0 2 0—2 Pitts­burgh ............................................ 1 2 2—5 First: 1. Pit—Kes­sel 2 (Malkin, Schultz), 9:07, pp.

Sec­ond: 2. Pit—Rust 4 (Malkin, Kes­sel), 1:07. 3. Pit—Rust 5 (Hain­sey), 3:50. 4. Clm—Karls­son 2 (Gag­ner), 9:30. 5. Clm—Jen­ner 2 (Atkin­son, Jones), 12:24, pp.

Third: 6. Pit—Crosby 2 (Malkin, Kes­sel), 5:31, pp. 7. Pit—Wil­son 1 (Da­ley, Sheary), 6:22. Shots: Colum­bus 15-17-19—51. Pitts­burgh 1211-9—32. Power-plays: Colum­bus 1 of 3; Pitts­burgh 2 of 4. Goalies: Colum­bus, Bo­brovsky 1-3 (32-27). Pitts­burgh, Fleury 3-1 (51-49). A: 18,585 (18,387).

“It’s in­sult­ing to not give that team credit for how well they played, and how they played us specif­i­cally,” Jonathan Toews said when it was sug­gested the se­ries loss was self-in­duced. “They were re­lent­less.”

Chicago be­came the first No. 1 seed to lose in the open­ing round since the Los Angeles Kings knocked off the Van­cou­ver Canucks on their way to the Stan­ley Cup ti­tle in 2012. Chicago’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive first-round exit fol­lowed a reg­u­lar sea­son in which the Black­hawks went 50-23-9 and recorded 109 points, the sec­ond-high­est to­tal in fran­chise his­tory.

“Dis­ap­point­ing. Shocked. ... It’s go­ing to be a long sum­mer, for sure,” the Black­hawks’ N.Y. Rangers ....................................... 1 1 0 1—3 Mon­treal ............................................. 2 0 0 0—2 First: 1. Mtl—Lehko­nen 2 (Beaulieu, Galchenyuk), 12:07. 2. NYR—Fast 2 (Zibane­jad), 15:56, sh. 3. Mtl—Gal­lagher 1 (Lehko­nen, Markov), 16:20, pp.

Sec­ond: 4. NYR—Sk­jei 2 (Ve­sey, Nash), 18:28. Third: No scor­ing.

Over­time: 5. NYR—Zibane­jad

14:22.

Shots: N.Y. Rangers 9-10-7-10—36. Mon­treal 16-10-7-3—36. Power-plays: N.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Mon­treal 1 of 4. Goalies: N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 3-2 (36-34). Mon­treal, Price 2-3 (36-33). A: 21,288 (21,273). 1 (Krei­der), Pa­trick Kane said of the firstround exit.

It was the first time a No. 1 seed was swept in the first round since the NHL adopted its cur­rent play­off for­mat in 1994.

The game was score­less mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod when Ryan Jo­hansen won a face­off against Mar­cus Kruger and passed to Ryan El­lis, who sent it to Josi on his right. Josi fired a slap­shot from be­hind the right cir­cle that got be­tween Corey Craw­ford’s legs and sneaked into the left cor­ner of the net at 9:41.

“Right now, I don’t re­ally care who we play against,” Rinne said. “If we can keep this up, I feel re­ally con­fi­dent fac­ing any­body.” Chicago ................................................ 0 0 1—1 Nashville ............................................... 0 1 3—4 First: No scor­ing.

Sec­ond: 1. Nas—Josi 1 (El­lis, Jo­hansen), 9:41. Third: 2. Nas—Sis­sons 2 (El­lis, Arvids­son), 8:52. 3. Nas—Josi 2 (Wat­son, Sis­sons), 10:21. 4. Chi—Toews 1 (Pa­narin, Kane), 14:42, pp. 5. Nas—Arvids­son 2 (Fors­berg, Sub­ban), 18:12. Shots: Chicago 7-13-11—31. Nashville 11-96—26. Power-plays: Chicago 1 of 2; Nashville 0 of 3. Goalies: Chicago, Craw­ford 0-4 (2522). Nashville, Rinne 4-0 (31-30). A: 17,326 (17,113).

Ed­mon­ton 4, San Jose 3 (OT):

David De­shar­nais scored with 1:45 left in the first over­time, giv­ing the Oil­ers a vic­tory and a 3-2 lead in the se­ries.

Eastern Con­fer­ence

Pitts­burgh 5, Colum­bus 2: Sid­ney Crosby and Scott Wil­son scored 51 sec­onds apart in the third pe­riod, help­ing the host Pen­guins elim­i­nate the Blue Jack­ets in Game 5.

Bryan Rust scored twice for Pitts­burgh, Phil Kes­sel added his sec­ond of the playoffs, and Marc-An­dre Fleury fin­ished with 49 saves.

New York 3, Mon­treal 2 (OT): Mika Zibane­jad scored at 14:22 of over­time to give the vis­it­ing Rangers the vic­tory over the Cana­di­ens in Game 5. Ana­heim ........................................ 2 0 1 — 3 Cal­gary .......................................... 0 1 0 — 1 First: 1. Ana—Eaves 1, 5:38. 2. Ana—Thomp­son 2 (Perry, Rakell), 6:46.

Sec­ond: 3. Cal—Mon­a­han 16:07, pp.

Third: 4. Ana—Get­zlaf 3, 19:53.

Shots: Ana­heim 9-9-7—25; Cal­gary 12-13-12— 37. Power plays: Ana­heim 0 of 2; Cal­gary 1 of 3. Goalies: Ana­heim, Gib­son 3-0 (37-36); Cal­gary, El­liott 0-4 (3-2), Johnson 0-0 (21-20). A: 19,289 (19,289). 4 (Brouwer, Ver­steeg),

MARK HUMPHREY • Associated Press

Nashville’s Mat­tias Ekholm hugged goalie Pekka Rinne af­ter the Preda­tors’ 4-0 sweep of Chicago was com­plete Thurs­day.

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