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BLACKHAWKS SCORE FIVE UNANSWERED

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BLACKHAWKS SCORE FIVE UNANSWERED GOALS TO FORCE GAME 7

Down 3-1 and facing elimination, the Blackhawks score five unanswered goals – including the go-ahead marker by Dale Weise (1-0—1) – to earn their first home win of the series and force Game 7 against the Blues.

Weise, who was acquired from the Canadiens on Feb. 26, scored his first goal with the Blackhawks (regular-season and playoffs) and his sixth career postseason goal (37 GP) – four of which have been game-winners. Andrew Ladd (1-1—2), who rejoined Chicago one day before Weise, tallied his first playoff goal since he scored in the team’s Stanley Cup-clinching win in Game 6 of the 2010 Final at PHI.

ROOKIES PROPEL PENGUINS INTO SECOND ROUND
The Penguins scored four goals in the second period – powered by 2-1—3 from Bryan Rust – and Matt Murray made 38 saves to lead the Penguins into the Second Round.

DUCKS TAKE SERIES LEAD WITH THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
The Ducks scored three times in the final 12 minutes of regulation, including what held up as the game-winning goal by Sami Vatanen (1-1—2), to record their third straight win and push the Predators to the brink of elimination.

 

MILESTONES & MUSINGS

  • Penguins captain Sidney Crosby notched 0-2—2 to become the fourth active player to record 80 career assists in the playoffs. The others: Jaromir Jagr (123), Marian Hossa (96) and Patrik Elias (80).
  • Captain Ryan Getzlaf (0-2—2) moved within one point of becoming the first player to record 100 career playoff points for the Ducks (29-70—99 in 102 GP).
  • Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa became the 22nd player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to skate in 200 career games (skaters and goaltenders).
  • Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-0—1) notched his fourth goal of the series and 14th of his playoff career (19 GP)
  • Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of New Hampshire, scored his first career playoff goal (10 GP)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 6, NY Rangers 3 – PIT wins 4-1
ANAHEIM 5, Nashville 2 – ANA leads 3-2
CHICAGO 6, St. Louis 3 – series tied 3-3

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ Philadelphia, WSH leads 3-2, 12:00 p.m.
Dallas @ Minnesota, DAL leads 3-2, 3:00 p.m.
Florida @ NY Islanders, NYI leads 3-2, 7:00 p.m.

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