Crosby, Pens roll, elim­i­nate Jack­ets

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Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las Stan

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

Bryan Rust scored twice for the Pen­guins, Phil Kes­sel added his sec­ond of the playoffs and Marc-An­dre Fleury fin­ished with 49 saves. The de­fend­ing Stan­leyCupcham­pi­ons will face the win­ner of the Maple Leafs-Cap­i­tals se­ries in the con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals.

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

Ducks can rest: A firstround sweep opens the door for some wel­come news for the Ducks: A bit of rest and maybe some help on the bench.

De­fense­man Sami Vata­nen (up­per body) and Cam Fowler (knee) could re­turn at some point soon for the Ducks, who haven’t lost in reg­u­la­tion in 18 games dat­ing toMarch10and­beat the Flames in four games to open the playoffs.

The Ducks can await their next op­po­nent af­ter Ryan Get­zlaf and Corey Perry, veterans from the Cup-win­ning team in 2007 and Olympic gold medal­ists, steered the Ducks through their first-round Western Con­fer­ence se­ries.

Get­zlaf had three goals and two as­sists in four games. Perry scored the over­time win­ner in Game 3 and the Ducks com­pleted thesweep­Wed­nes­day night by scor­ing twice in the first 6 min­utes, 46 sec­onds on theway to a 3-1 win.

“We’ve been in some games where we’ve been able to ex­pe­ri­ence those mo­ments when there’s high pres­sure,” Ducks for­ward An­drewCogliano said.

“When you have your lead­ers as guys who have played World Cups, Olympics, Stan­ley Cup games, it helps. Those guys have been there, they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it and they know what to do in those sit­u­a­tions. The team fol­lowed suit.”

The Flames out­played the Ducks the ma­jor­ity of Game2, but a de­flec­tio­nand a cou­ple of undis­ci­plined penal­ties late al­lowed the Ducks to pull out the win. And trail­ing 4-1 late in the sec­ond pe­riod of Game 3, the Ducks scored four unan­swered goals in their big­gest come­back in fran­chise his­tory. AP

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