NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and Nashville beat Chicago to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference’s top seed.
Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as Nashville completed the franchise’s first playoff sweep. Led by Rinne and a terrific defensive performance by their lines and defensive pairings, the Predators limited the high-scoring Blackhawks to just three goals in 13 periods.
PITTSBURGH | Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping Pittsburgh eliminate Columbus with a win in Game 5 of their first-round series.
Bryan Rust scored twice for Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel added his second of the playoffs and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 49 saves. The defending Stanley Cup champions will face the winner of the Toronto-Washington series in the conference semifinals starting next week.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped just 27 of 32 shots.
MONTREAL | Mika Zibanejad scored at 14:22 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a victory over Montreal in Game 5 of their playoff series.
Chris Kreider’s shot on a rush went off Alexei Emelin’s stick right to Zibanejad for a shot into an open side.
The Rangers grabbed a 3-2 lead in the series and will look to advance when they host Game 6 on Saturday.
Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei also scored for New York.
Artturi Lehkonen scored and set up a goal by Brendan Gallagher in the first period for Montreal.
CALGARY, Alberta | Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored, and Anaheim beat Calgary for a sweep of their first-round playoff series.
Anaheim became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals. It was the Ducks’ first four-game sweep since they eliminated Winnipeg in the first round in 2015 and just the fifth in franchise history.
John Gibson made 36 stops for Anaheim, which will face Edmonton or San Jose in the second round.
ST. LOUIS | Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and the Wild avoided a playoff sweep.
Dubnyk’s second playoff shutout came almost two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015. Martin Hanzal also scored for Minnesota in the second.
Blues goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves. He entered having stopping 114 of the Wild’s first 117 shots in the series.
St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.