Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored power-play goals in the second period, and the Blackhawks avoided elimination with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago on Saturday night in Game 5 of their second-round NHL playoff series.
Shaw added his third career playoff goal in the third as the Blackhawks stopped the Red Wings’ three-game winning streak by creating chaos in front of Jimmy Howard, who had shut down Chicago’s attack while moving Detroit to the brink of the Western Conference finals.
Daniel Cleary scored for the second straight game for Detroit, which will have another chance to close out the top-seeded Blackhawks in Game 6 on Monday night. That will be at home, too, where the Red Wings are 4-1 in this postseason.
Bruins 3, Rangers 1: Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, Gregory Campbell scored twice and Boston Bruins beat visiting New York in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.
Recent call-up Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series for Boston, which reached the third round of the NHL playoffs for the second time since 1992. The other was 2011, when the Bruins won the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Dan Girardi scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for the Rangers, who lost to New Jersey in last year’s East finals.
Coyotes sale approved: The NHL has approved the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a group of Canadian-led investors, but the deal is contingent on reaching a lease agreement with the city of Glendale, Ariz.
The NHL agreed to sell the team to Renaissance Sports & Entertainment.