Monday, June 25, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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