NHL Playoffs: Patrick Kane Keeps Blackhawks Alive With 2OT Win

ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane scored on a backhander early in the second overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided first-round elimination with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues early Friday.

The game winner was the first goal in the series by the defending Stanley Cup winners' stars, Kane and Jonathan Toews. Both assisted on Artemi Panarin's goal in the final second of the second period for a 3-1 lead.

Kane, who led the NHL in scoring with 107 points, circled the net to corral his own shot that slowly slid wide, and poked it past Brian Elliott at 2:56 to send a standing-room crowd of 19,956 home unhappy.

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David Backes tied it on a deflection that slipped past Corey Crawford with 5:10 to play. Rookie Robby Fabbri and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis.

Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov also scored for Chicago, which will host Game 6 on Saturday (see full recap).

Lightning advance with shutout of Red Wings
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots and Alex Killorn scored with less than two minutes remaining Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Killorn's second winning goal of the series was set up by Ryan Callahan, who retrieved goalie Petr Mrazek's bad pass behind the Detroit net and centered the puck in the crease for Killorn's backhander at 18:17 of the third period.

Tampa Bay eliminated the Red Wings in the first round for the second straight year. Detroit pushed the defending Eastern Conference champions to seven games a year ago, but could only beat them once in five attempts this time, with Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov picking up the offensive slack for Tampa Bay with star Steven Stamkos injured.

Detroit only scored eight goals in the series, though not because of a lack of opportunities.

The Red Wings finished 1 for 25 on the power play, and their futility was never more evident than Thursday night, when they failed to even get a shot on goal during a 5-on-3 advantage early in the opening period (see full recap).

Penguins push Rangers to playoff brink
NEW YORK -- Flashing his old brilliance, Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two others and the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 5-0 victory Thursday night.

Malkin, whose four points tied his single-game high in the postseason, assisted on two of the Penguins' three first-period goals in helping Pittsburgh dominate the Rangers for the second consecutive game and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven, first-round series.

Sidney Crosby, who added two assists, and the red-hot Penguins can wrap up things in Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Rookie goaltender Matt Murray, who returned to the lineup for Game 3, made 31 saves in posting his first playoff shutout.

Eric Fehr, Patric Hornqvist and Conor Sheary also scored as the Penguins tallied four times on 18 shots against Henrik Lundqvist, who was lifted early in the second period.

Pittsburgh converted 3 of 6 power plays, and is 7 of 19 in the series with the extra man (see full recap).

Ducks top Predators, even series 2-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nate Thompson and Jamie McGinn scored nearly 2 minutes apart late in the second period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Thursday night to even the first-round series at 2-2.

Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Cogliano also scored as the road team stayed perfect in the best-of-seven series.

Goalie Frederik Andersen picked up his second straight win by making 30 saves and setting a career shutout streak of 91 minutes, 26 seconds.

Nashville's Mike Fisher scored his first goal of the series.

Nashville lost a 2-0 series lead despite outshooting the Ducks for a second straight game, this time with a 31-25 edge in shots. But the Predators went 0 of 6 with the man advantage and are 1 of 19 on the power play in this series against the NHL's best penalty killers in the regular season.

Game 5 is Saturday in Anaheim (see full recap).

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