Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Another OT win has Hawks on verge

ST. LOUIS — Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the Blues on Friday and a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Defenseman Duncan Keith's outlet pass sprung Toews, who got behind the St. Louis defense and threw a couple of fakes at Blues goalie Ryan Miller before slipping the puck past him.

Asked if he saws Toews, Keith said: "I'm not going to give myself that much credit. I just tried to get it out of the zone, clear it. Lucky break."

Four of the first five games in the series have gone to overtime. Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, has won three in a row and can wrap up the series at home Sunday.

Forward David Backes returned for the Blues, and Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook finished a three-game suspension from the illegal hit that knocked the St. Louis captain woozy in Game 2.

Blackhawks 1 1 0 1 3
Blues 0 1 1 2 2

First1, Chi, Hossa 1 (Bickell, Hjalmarsson), 16:11. PenaltiesKeith, Chi (hold), 2:53; Hossa, Chi (hold), 6:43; Steen, StL (hold stick), 17:12.

Second2, St.L, Oshie 1 (Steen, Jackman), 11:04. 3, Chi, Smith 1 (Brookbank, Kane), 17:10. PenaltiesJackman, StL (cross-check), 2:12; Kane, Chi (rough), 19:43; Cracknell, StL (rough), 19:43.

Third4, St.L, Pietrangelo 1 (Schwartz), 1:42. PenaltiesNone. First Overtime5, Chi, Toews 2 (Shaw, Keith), 7:36. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalChi 9-11-8-2—30. St.L 6-13-7-3—29. PP opportunitiesChi 0 of 2; St.L 0 of 2. GoaliesChi, Crawford 3-2-0 (29 shots-27 saves). St.L, Miller 2-3-0 (30-27).

Flyers even up series at 2

PHILADELPHIA — Steve Mason stopped 37 shots for his first career playoff win in his first postseason start this year and the Flyers evened their East series the Rangers with a 2-1 win in Game 4.

Ray Emery started the first three games for Mason, who was out with an upper-body injury. Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.

Mason played perhaps his best game of the season, shutting down a Rangers team that pressured him with shots all game. He was a wall in the final tense minutes after the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the extra attacker.

"You don't want to go to (Madison Square Garden) down 3-1 in the series and have to win in that building," Mason said. "For us, it was pretty much a must win."

Game 5 is Sunday in New York.

Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers. It was Moore's first playoff goal since May 17, 2011, when he scored for the Lightning in Game 2 of the 2011 East final against the Bruins.

Flyers 1 1 0 2
Rangers 1 0 0 1

First1, NYR, D.Moore 1 (Boyle), 4:38. 2, Phila, Read 1 (Akeson, Coburn), 8:55. PenaltiesD.Moore, NYR (hooking), 2:26; B.Schenn, Phi (roughing), 10:25.

Second3, Phila, Voracek 2 (B.Schenn, Streit), 7:22 (pp). PenaltiesMacDonald, Phi (hook), 3:33; D.Moore, NYR (cross-check), 5:58; Couturier, Phi (high-stick), 11:43; Carcillo, NYR (rough), 19:11; B.Schenn, Phi (rough), 19:11; Read, Phi (hook), 19:44.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesNone. SOGNYR 16-12-10—38. Phila 6-11-8—25. PP oppsNYR 0 of 4; Phila 1 of 2. GoaliesNYR, Lundqvist 2-2-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Phila, Mason 1-0-0 (38-37).

Ratings: The Bruins' 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings in Game 4 on Thursday averaged 1.056 million viewers on the NBC Sports Network, making it the network's most-watched first-round nonelimination game.

Sharks-Kings: After missing on its first chance to eliminate Los Angeles, the task for San Jose now is to finish the job at home in Game 5 tonight and avoid getting into a long, grueling series that could take a toll later in the playoffs.

"We shouldn't be comfortable," coach Todd McLellan said. "We should feel good about what we've accomplished to this point, but we shouldn't feel comfortable. (Thursday) night should push us a little bit more."

After controlling the play for much of the first three games of the series, the Sharks let Los Angeles control the area around both goals and committed a few needless penalties in Game 4 and lost 6-3.

Avalanche-Wild: Minnesota forward Matt Cooke said he won't appeal his seven-game suspension for a knee-on-knee hit on Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 that sidelined Barrie for at least a month with a torn MCL.



Bruins 3, Red Wings 1

Game 1: Red Wings 1, Bruins 0

Game 2: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

Game 3: Bruins 3, Red Wings 0

Game 4: Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 OT

Today: at Boston, 3, Ch. 8

Monday: at Detroit, TBD*

Wednesday: at Boston, TBD*

Penguins 2, Jackets 2

Game 1: Penguins 4, Jackets 3

Game 2: Jackets 4, Penguins 3 2 OT

Game 3: Penguins 4, Jackets 3

Game 4: Jackets 4, Penguins 3 OT

Tonight: at Pittsburgh, 7, NBCSN

Monday: at Columbus, TBD

Wednesday: at Pittsburgh, TBD*

Rangers 2, Flyers 2

Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1

Game 2: Flyers 4, Rangers 2

Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1

Friday: Flyers 2, Rangers 1

Sunday: at New York, noon, Ch. 8

Tuesday: at Philadelphia, TBD

Wednesday: at New York, TBD*

Canadiens 4, Lightning 0


Ducks 2, Stars 2

Game 1: Ducks 4, Stars 3

Game 2: Ducks 3, Stars 2

Game 3: Stars 3, Ducks 0

Game 4: Stars 4, Ducks 2

Friday: at Anaheim, late

Sunday: at Dallas, 8, NBCSN

Tuesday: at Anaheim, TBD*

Avalanche 2, Wild 2

Game 1: Avalanche 5, Wild 4 OT

Game 2: Avalanche 4, Wild 2

Game 3: Wild 1, Avalanche 0 OT

Game 4: Wild 2, Avalanche 1

Tonight: at Colorado, 9:30, NBCSN

Monday: at Minnesota, TBD

Wednesday: at Colorado, TBD*

Blackhawks 3, Blues 2

Game 1: Blues 4, Hawks 3 3 OT

Game 2: Blues 4, Hawks 3 OT

Game 3: Hawks 2, Blues 0

Game 4: Hawks 4, Blues 3 OT

Friday: Hawks 3, Blues 2 OT

Sunday: at Chicago, 3, Ch. 8

Tuesday: at St. Louis, TBD*

Sharks 3, Kings 1

Game 1: Sharks 6, Kings 3

Game 2: Sharks 7, Kings 2

Game 3: Sharks 4, Kings 3 OT

Game 4: Kings 6, Sharks 3

Tonight: at San Jose, 10, CNBC

Monday: at Los Angeles, TBD*

Wednesday: at San Jose, TBD*

* If necessary

Another OT win has Hawks on verge 04/25/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:32am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No. 18 UCF closes in on USF, which drops to No. 17


    USF remained ahead of UCF in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday — just barely.

  2. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series


    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
  3. Jones: Where are the difference-makers on the Bucs defense?


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — They can't tackle. They can't cover. They can't pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him.

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles past Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Bucs-Bills journal: Breakout game for Bucs tight end O.J. Howard


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It's obscured by the final score and a disappointing loss, but Bucs rookie tight end O.J. Howard had a breakout game Sunday, exceeding his season totals for catches and touchdowns in one afternoon.

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates a touchdown catch with quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Vladislav Namestnikov is Lightning's top-line 'secret'

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov is piling up the goals. Steven Stamkos is an assist machine. They make for an impressive pairing in a league that favors scoring pairs over the more traditional three-player scoring lines.

    Vladislav Namestnikov (90) has three goals and 10 points on a line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.