Blackhawks Take 3-2 Lead in NHL Playoffs


Published on May 12 2014 1:25 am
Last Updated on May 12 2014 1:25 am
Written by Millie Lange

Blackhawks Take 3-2 Lead Over Wild

(Chicago, IL) -- Jonathan Toews scored the game-clinching goal in the third period to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Wild in Game Five of their Western Conference Semifinal series at United Center. Bryan Bickell also lit the lamp for Chicago, which takes a 3-2 lead over Minnesota in the best-of-seven series. Corey Crawford notched 27 saves for the Blackhawks. Erik Haula scored the lone goal for the Wild. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots for Minnesota, which hosts Game Six on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks will be without forward Brandon Bollig Tuesday against the Wild. Bollig missed last night's game serving the first of a two-game suspension handed down by the NHL. Bollig was penalized for an illegal hit on defenseman Keith Ballard in Game Four of the series.

Rangers Force Game Seven With Penguins

(New York, NY) -- Martin St. Louis scored just days after his mother's passing to help the Rangers in a 3-1 win over the Penguins at Madison Square Garden. The victory forces a Game Seven in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series, which will be played Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Carl Hagelin and Derick Brassard also scored for New York, which forced a Game Seven after trailing 3-1 in the series for just the second time in team history and the first since 1939. Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in the victory. Brandon Sutter had the lone tally for Pittsburgh while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots.

Sunday, May 11 Scoreboard

NHL Playoffs

New York Rangers 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
(Best-of-seven Eastern semifinal tied, 3-3)

Chicago Blackhawks 2, Minnesota Wild 1
(Blackhawks lead best-of-seven Western semifinal, 3-2)

Monday, May 12 Schedule (All Times Central)

NHL Playoffs

6:30 p.m. - Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
(Bruins lead best-of-seven Eastern semifinal, 3-2)

9:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks
(Best-of-seven Western semifinal tied, 2-2)