Ottawa goes up on N.Y.
Spezza leads way; Blues oust Sharks
Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots to make Jason Spezza’s first-period goal stand up, and the Ottawa Senators pushed the top-seeded Rangers to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 victory Saturday night in Game 5 in New York.
The Senators, the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, have won two straight and will have a chance to knock out the Rangers Monday night in Ottawa. If New York can stay alive, the deciding Game 7 would be back at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
Spezza added insurance by scoring an empty-net goal with 55.3 seconds remaining, and Anderson was perfect in earning his second career playoff shutout. Since New York took a 2-0 lead in the first period of its 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4, Anderson has gone 116 minutes, 32 seconds without allowing a goal.
Henrik Lundqvist was nearly as good in making 28 saves for New York.
The Rangers fired 15 shots at Anderson in the third period, but couldn’t get a puck past him - even during their fourth power play of the night.
About 30 seconds after Ottawa killed its first shorthanded situation of the opening period, Spezza gave the Senators their first in-game lead in five games. Spezza netted his first goal of the series 9:18 in off an assist from teenager Mark Stone, who made his NHL debut after playing junior hockey last week.
Blues 3, Sharks 1 - Jamie Langenbrunner and David Perron scored in a 45-second span in the third period, and host St. Louis woke up in time to wrap up the first-round series in five games.
St. Louis won a playoff series for the first time in a decade against a franchise that reached the conference finals the previous two seasons. Before this series, St. Louis hadn’t won a playoff game in eight years.
Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1 - Jonathan Toews beat Mike Smith stickside 2:44 into overtime as visiting Chicago staved off elimination with a Game 5 victory over Phoenix.
The Blackhawks came up with a tying goal in the third period for the fourth time in the series, with Nick Leddy scoring midway through the period. That led to the fifth straight overtime game - a first since 1951.
Panthers 3, Devils 0 - Kris Versteeg scored a goal and set up another, Jose Theodore made 30 saves for his second postseason shutout, and host Florida moved a win away from its first series win in 16 years.
Scottie Upshall also scored for Florida, which leads the first-round series, 3-2.