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Dupuis sends Pens onward

The Penguins’ Alex Gologoski, middle, and Matt Cooke, right, mob Pascal Dupuis after Dupuis’ winning goal.

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The Penguins’ Alex Gologoski, middle, and Matt Cooke, right, mob Pascal Dupuis after Dupuis’ winning goal.

OTTAWA — Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime for the Penguins, who erased a three-goal deficit and eliminated the Senators from the playoffs with a 4-3 victory in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal Saturday.

The Senators led 3-0 in the second period and appeared to go up 4-1 in it, but they lost a goal to video replay when it was determined the puck crossed the line after the net was knocked off its moorings.

Matt Cooke scored his second of the game with 7:36 left in regulation to tie it at 3. Bill Guerin had a goal earlier in the third, a period in which Pittsburgh held an 18-4 shot advantage.

"That goal at the end of the third period by Matt Cooke gave us a big boost," Dupuis told NHL.com. "In overtime, I think we kept playing our game. We didn't force too much, like we did last game."

Matt Cullen and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which won Game 5 at Pittsburgh in triple overtime to stave off elimination.

In overtime, Dupuis took Jordan Staal's pass from the left corner and fired a shot past Pascal Leclaire for the winner.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, held without a point for the first time in the series after five multipoint games to lead the postseason in scoring, said getting secondary scoring made the difference in the series.

"You're not going to go far without that," he said. "(Dupuis) got a big goal for us. It took 10 periods, but we finally finished them off."

Penguins 0 1 2 1 4
Senators 1 2 0 0 3
Penguins win series 4-2
Penguins 0 1 2 1 4
Senators 1 2 0 0 3
Penguins win series 4-2

First Period1, Ottawa, Cullen 3 (Alfredsson, Volchenkov), 5:19. PenaltiesRuutu, Ott (holding), 16:30; Cooke, Pit (charging), 19:26.

Second Period2, Ottawa, Neil 3 (Kelly, Ruutu), 1:51. 3, Ottawa, Alfredsson 2 (Cullen, Fisher), 9:48. 4, Pittsburgh, Cooke 2 (Staal, Dupuis), 10:56. PenaltiesGonchar, Pit (hooking), 16:19.

Third Period5, Pittsburgh, Guerin 2 (Goligoski, Malkin), 7:03 (pp). 6, Pittsburgh, Cooke 3 (Eaton), 12:24. PenaltiesVolchenkov, Ott (interference), 5:11. First Overtime7, Pittsburgh, Dupuis 1 (Staal), 9:56. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 10-11-18-4—43. Ottawa 11-12-4-4—31. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 1 of 2; Ottawa 0 of 2. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 4-2-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Ottawa, Leclaire 1-2-0 (43-39). A20,122 (19,153).

Hossa goes from goat to hero for 'Hawks

Marian Hossa sat in the penalty box for what seemed like the longest time — five minutes, to be exact — and when he finally got out, he quickly found the puck and sent the host Blackhawks to an inspiring victory.

Hossa scored 4:07 into overtime after Patrick Kane's shorthanded goal had tied the score with 13.6 seconds left in regulation, and Chicago rallied to beat the Predators 5-4 for a 3-2 lead in their West series.

Kane's goal and the Blackhawks' ability to kill yet another Predators power play gave Hossa a reprieve after he knocked Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis into the boards and drew a major penalty with 1:03 left in regulation. Hamhuis, who was shoved from behind, stayed on the ice for about a minute before he got up and slowly skated off.

"I tried to go for the puck," Hossa said. "The guy turned his back to me. You don't want to hit a player that way, but I couldn't stop my motion."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz compared the hit to one Washington's Alex Ovechkin put on Chicago's Brian Campbell last month, breaking Campbell's collarbone and resulting in a two-game suspension for Ovechkin. "It's unfortunate Hossa comes out and scores the winning goal," Trotz said.

The Blackhawks blew a 3-1 lead, and the Predators went ahead 4-3 with two third-period goals by wing Martin Erat.

In overtime, the Blackhawks killed the remaining 3:57 of Hossa's penalty. The Predators are the only team in the playoffs without a power-play goal; they are 0-for-21.

at Blackhawks 2 1 1 1 5
Predators 1 1 2 0 4
Blackhawks lead series 3-2
at Blackhawks 2 1 1 1 5
Predators 1 1 2 0 4
Blackhawks lead series 3-2

First Period1, Nashville, Legwand 2 (Sullivan, Ward), 6:23. 2, Chicago, Ladd 1 (Seabrook, Versteeg), 9:57. 3, Chicago, Hjalmarsson 1 (Kane, Toews), 14:53. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period4, Chicago, Kopecky 2 (Hossa, Hjalmarsson), 16:24. 5, Nashville, Ward 2 (Legwand), 17:31 (sh). PenaltiesBolland, Chi (tripping), :26; Legwand, Nas (interference), 5:37; Kane, Chi (interference), 6:37; Hamhuis, Nas (tripping), 7:19; Seabrook, Chi (interference), 8:11; Chicago bench, served by Kopecky (too many men), 14:14; Smithson, Nas (hooking), 17:00.

Third Period6, Nashville, Erat 3 (Dumont, Grebeshkov), 1:34. 7, Nashville, Erat 4 (Grebeshkov, Klein), 11:39. 8, Chicago, Kane 3 (Toews, Seabrook), 19:46 (sh). PenaltiesLegwand, Nas (tripping), 5:50; Hossa, Chi, major (boarding), 18:57. First Overtime9, Chicago, Hossa 1 (Sopel, Bolland), 4:07. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalNashville 4-4-8-5—21. Chicago 10-14-6-2—32. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 0 of 4; Chicago 0 of 4. GoaliesNashville, Rinne 2-3-0 (32 shots-27 saves). Chicago, Niemi 3-2-0 (21-17). A22,115 (19,717).

Capitals-Canadiens: Washington center Eric Belanger said he expects to play Monday in Game 6 of their East series after losing a half-dozen or so teeth in a run-in with the stick of Montreal defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron in Game 5 on Friday. The stick hit him in the mouth in the first period. At the arena, Belanger had the exposed tooth roots trimmed and returned to the game midway through the third period. "I knew I was in trouble, but what are you going to do? It's the playoffs," he said.

Stars: Center Brad Richards had arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a labrum tear. Rehabilitation usually is eight weeks.

Dupuis sends Pens onward 04/24/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 25, 2010 1:13am]

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