NHL playoff roundup: Blackhawks stay alive vs. Blues

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[April 22, 2016]  The Sports Xchange
 
 ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane scored 3:07 into the second overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series.

The win cut the Blues' lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2 and sent the series back to Chicago for Game 6 on Saturday.

Kane scored his first goal of the playoffs when he deked through the slot and flipped a shot on goal that Brian Elliott got a piece of to knock wide. But Kane swooped around the net and swept the rebound in on the backhand for his 49th career playoff goal.

Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin and Marian Hossa scored the regulation goals for the Blackhawks, while Robby Fabbri, David Backes and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues.

Lightning 1, Red Wings 0

TAMPA, Fla. -- For 58 minutes, a scoreless tie persisted at Amalie Arena, then with 1:43 left, Tampa Bay caught a loose puck behind the net as Petr Mrazek went back to clear it for Detroit.

Ryan Callahan fed a pass to Alex Killorn in front of the net and he flicked it in for the game-winning goal, giving the Lightning a 1-0 win in Game 5 to eliminate the Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ben Bishop outdueled Mrazek, making 34 saves in his first shutout this postseason.

Penguins 5, Rangers 0

NEW YORK -- Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists as Pittsburgh demolished New York in Game 4 of their first-round series at Madison Square Garden.

The Penguins hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can clinch a spot in the second round by winning Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Patric Honrqvist, Eric Fehr and Connor Sheary also scored for the Penguins while Sidney Crosby had two assists. Matt Murray made 31 saves for his first career postseason shutout in his second career postseason start, both wins.

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Antti Raanta stopped 13 of 14 shots for the Rangers after relieving Henrik Lundqvist midway through the second period. Lundqvist allowed four goals on 18 shots.

Ducks 4, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Anaheim equaled the Western Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece with a win in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena.

Frederik Anderson stopped 30 shots for Anaheim, who host Game 5 on Saturday before the teams return to Nashville for Game 6 Monday night. Pekka Rinne came up with 21 saves for the Predators, who are trying to win a playoff series for just the third time in franchise history.

Ryan Getzlaf, Nate Thompson, Jamie McGinn and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks, while Mike Fisher scored the Predators' lone goal.

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