Monday, June 25, 2018
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Senators finish off upset

MONTREAL — Cory Conacher scored twice against shaky Peter Budaj as No. 7-seeded Ottawa eliminated No. 2-seeded Montreal 6-1 on Thursday.

The Senators won the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 4-1 to reach the semis for the first time since 2007. They are the first East team to advance.

"We've accomplished a lot this year," said goalie Craig Anderson, who had 33 saves. "Going forward, we'll keep climbing that hill."

Budaj started for Carey Price, who sustained a lower-body injury at the end of regulation of Game 4. Budaj lost that game 2:32 into overtime. In his first playoff start Thursday, he allowed a goal on his third shot, leaving a rebound in front for Zack Smith to backhand into an open net.

Then 10:09 later, a shot went off the post, then off the back of Budaj's pad. Conacher, acquired from the Lightning at the trade deadline, was there to tap it in.

When asked about Budaj, Montreal coach Michel Therrien didn't comment directly: "Every time … (the Senators) capitalized on their chances. Let's put it that way."

Blackhawks advance: Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the host Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1 to close out the West quarterfinal in five games. The No. 8-seeded Wild trailed 1-0 after one. It became 3-0 when Hossa and Marcus Kruger scored 3:07 apart early in the second for top-seeded Chicago.

Vokoun lifts Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves as the Penguins beat the Islanders 4-0 for a 3-2 series lead in their East quarterfinal. Vokoun, 36, replacing struggling Marc-Andre Fleury, had last appeared in the playoffs April 11, 2007, for Nashville.

"I was a little bit nervous the whole day," he said. "You wouldn't be human if you weren't."

Vokoun kept it scoreless while the No. 8-seeded Islanders had a 14-7 shot advantage in the first. From there, Sidney Crosby said, the top-seeded Penguins played better defense.

"We didn't do a great job of helping (Fleury) out," said Crosby, who split two defenders to make it 3-0 in the second. "We wanted to make sure we did a better job in front of our goalie."

Injuries: Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser had surgery for a broken bone in his face a day after being hit by a puck against the Bruins and is out indefinitely. He wasn't wearing a visor. … Capitals wing Martin Erat probably will sit tonight against the Rangers with an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Sharks wing Adam Burish will miss the West semifinals with an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip but is expected to be ready by training camp.

Late Wednesday: The Kings and Ducks took 3-2 West quarterfinal leads with overtime wins. Nick Bonino scored 1:54 in to lift the host Ducks past the Red Wings 3-2. Bonino, in his fourth season, has scored all three of his career playoff goals in this series. Slava Voynov scored 8:00 in to lift the Kings past the host Blues 3-2. St. Louis forced overtime on Alex Pietrangelo's goal with 44.1 seconds left in regulation.

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First Period1, Ottawa, Smith 1 (Kassian, Methot), 2:17. 2, Ottawa, Conacher 2 (Condra, Pageau), 12:26. 3, Montreal, Subban 2 (Markov, Plekanec), 19:45 (pp). PenaltiesBouillon, Mon (interference), 14:09; Alfredsson, Ott (interference), 19:23.

Second Period4, Ottawa, Turris 3 (Condra), 11:29 (sh). PenaltiesSilfverberg, Ott (interference), 1:01; Neil, Ott (high-sticking), 5:19; Montreal bench, served by Ryder (too many men), 8:15; Ottawa bench, served by Neil (too many men), 9:51; Gonchar, Ott (holding), 15:17.

Third Period5, Ottawa, Alfredsson 2 (Gonchar, Karlsson), 6:22 (pp). 6, Ottawa, Conacher 3 (Zibanejad), 12:27 (pp). 7, Ottawa, Condra 1 (Pageau, Kassian), 16:12 (pp). PenaltiesRyder, Mon (hooking), 5:07; Pacioretty, Mon (high-sticking), 10:56; Subban, Mon (roughing), 15:19; Conacher, Ott, served by Kassian, minor-misconduct (roughing), 17:01; Blunden, Mon, misconduct, 17:01; Dumont, Mon, misconduct, 17:01. Shots on GoalOttawa 10-8-11—29. Montreal 17-11-6—34. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 3 of 5; Montreal 1 of 6. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 4-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Montreal, Budaj 0-2-0 (29-23).

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesStrait, NYI (interference), 3:24; Neal, Pit (roughing), 7:36.

Second Period1, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 1 (Letang, Sutter), 7:25. 2, Pittsburgh, Murray 2 (Kunitz, Malkin), 8:47. 3, Pittsburgh, Crosby 3 (Iginla, Pa.Dupuis), 14:00. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, Pittsburgh, Letang 2 (Crosby, P.Martin), 5:43 (pp). PenaltiesM.Martin, NYI (roughing), 5:37; Murray, Pit (interference), 7:51; Hamonic, NYI (roughing), 10:58; Boyes, NYI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:11; Malkin, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:11; Hickey, NYI (elbowing), 18:00; Hamonic, NYI (roughing), 18:39; Cizikas, NYI (roughing), 18:39; Morrow, Pit (roughing), 18:39; Vitale, Pit (roughing), 18:39; Aucoin, NYI, misconduct, 19:36; Strait, NYI (cross-checking), 19:36; M.Martin, NYI, misconduct, 19:36; Adams, Pit, misconduct, 19:36; Murray, Pit, misconduct, 19:36. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 14-11-6—31. Pittsburgh 7-18-6—31. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 2; Pittsburgh 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 2-3-0 (27 shots-23 saves), Poulin (5:43 third, 4-4). Pittsburgh, Vokoun 1-0-0 (31-31).

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