Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Pens put Jackets on the brink

PITTSBURGH — Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal 6:16 into the third period to help the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1 Saturday for a 3-2 lead in their East quarterfinal series.

Pittsburgh can close it out Monday.

"I don't think anybody in this room would say they're uncomfortable going into the next game," Columbus center Ryan Johansen said. "We believe we can get this done."

It hasn't been easy for the Penguins, who won the Metropolitan Division. Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin still haven't scored in the series. Crosby, who had a league-high 104 points, hasn't scored in his past 10 playoff games overall; Malkin has gone nine without a goal.

And Columbus, which got into the playoffs via a wild card, twice has rallied for wins. Boone Jenner gave it a 1-0 lead Saturday. But Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recovered from his gaffes in a Game 4 loss to make 23 saves. He is 4-1 in his past five games after a playoff overtime loss.

"He was solid," Crosby said. "He showed his experience."

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 48 shots for the Blue Jackets, who were outshot 51-24.

"We competed hard," Crosby said. "We played desperate and really aggressive. That's the game we have to play. It's not always going to result in 51 shots, but it's our style of play."

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First Period1, Columbus, Jenner 3 (Savard, Johansen), 12:55 (pp). PenaltiesJenner, Clm (high-sticking), 5:44; Kunitz, Pit (goaltender interference), 5:53; Goc, Pit (slashing), 11:00.

Second Period2, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 2 (Crosby, Niskanen), 7:42 (pp). PenaltiesWisniewski, Clm (cross-checking), 6:55; Wisniewski, Clm (high-sticking), 14:51.

Third Period3, Pittsburgh, Jokinen 3 (Sutter, Stempniak), 6:16. 4, Pittsburgh, Letang 1 (Adams, Kunitz), 18:59 (en). PenaltiesComeau, Clm (interference), 15:05; Calvert, Clm (cross-checking, roughing), 20:00; Letang, Pit (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalColumbus 9-8-7—24. Pittsburgh 15-21-15—51. Power-play opportunitiesColumbus 1 of 2; Pittsburgh 1 of 4. GoaliesColumbus, Bobrovsky 2-3-0 (50 shots-48 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 3-2-0 (24-23). A18,618 (18,387).

Bruins finish off Wings

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask made 31 saves and Zdeno Chara scored the go-ahead goal with 3.8 seconds left in the second period to help the Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-2 and win the East quarterfinal in five games.

Boston next faces Montreal, which swept the Lightning.

"That series was much tougher than maybe the results showed," said Chara, whose team won the Presidents' Trophy with 117 points. "We came into this series ready, and we got the job done."

Detroit scored six goals in the series.

"We're not there yet," said coach Mike Babcock, whose team has failed to win a playoff series two of the past three seasons. "The last two years, we battled to get into the playoffs. To me, that's a measure of where we are. Instead of battling for the Cup, we're battling to make the playoffs."

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First Period1, Boston, Eriksson 1 (Hamilton, Rask), 3:27 (pp). PenaltiesAbdelkader, Det (hooking), 2:34; Thornton, Bos (high-sticking), 4:26; Krejci, Bos (tripping), 17:12.

Second Period2, Detroit, Datsyuk 3 (Franzen, Zetterberg), 14:41 (pp). 3, Boston, Chara 2 (Bergeron, Krug), 19:56 (pp). PenaltiesLucic, Bos (high-sticking), 14:29; DeKeyser, Det (holding), 16:48; Eriksson, Bos (goaltender interference), 18:40; Franzen, Det (holding), 19:23; B.Smith, Det (cross-checking), 19:45.

Third Period4, Boston, Lucic 3 (Krug), 4:27. 5, Detroit, Zetterberg 1 (Abdelkader, Datsyuk), 16:08. 6, Boston, Iginla 2 (Lucic, Krejci), 19:44 (en). PenaltiesMarchand, Bos (roughing), 1:11; Alfredsson, Det (tripping), 6:59; Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 8:27; Marchand, Bos (roughing), 12:42; Detroit bench, served by Tatar (too many men), 16:56. Shots on GoalDetroit 8-12-13—33. Boston 11-13-9—33. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 1 of 7; Boston 2 of 6. GoaliesDetroit, Gustavsson 0-2-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Boston, Rask 4-1-0 (33-31). A17,565 (17,565).

Caps clean house: General manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates lost their jobs with the Capitals about two weeks after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The contract of McPhee, GM for 17 seasons, will not be renewed while Oates, coach for two seasons, was fired. "The team wasn't trending toward being able to compete for a (Stanley Cup)," owner Ted Leonsis said. "And I just felt that new leadership was needed, and let's start it with a clean slate."

Avs: Top scorer Matt Duchene, out since March 29 with a strained ligament in his left knee, didn't play in Game 5 despite participating in the morning skate. Coach Patrick Roy said he will know more about his status for Game 6 today.

Penguins: Defenseman Brooks Orpik sat out Game 5 with an undisclosed injury.

Stars: Wing Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474, the most allowable under the labor deal, for spearing Ducks wing Corey Perry in the groin Friday.

Late Friday: Ryan Getzlaf, who missed Game 4 of the West quarterfinal with an upper-body injury, had a goal and two assists to lead the host Ducks to a 6-2 win over the Stars and a 3-2 series lead. His three points gave him a franchise-record 66 in the playoffs, two more than Teemu Selanne.

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