New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Richards and Dominic Moore each netted second-period goals to help the New York Rangers take back the upper hand in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Philadelphia Flyers via a 4-2 Game 5 triumph at Madison Square Garden. Moore added an assist on Brian Boyle's empty-net score in the final seconds that sealed the victory and put the Flyers on the brink of elimination when the series returns to Philadelphia for Tuesday's Game 6. Marc Staal also had a goal and Henrik Lundqvist came up with 24 saves for New York, which bounced back from a 2-1 Game 4 loss in which Flyers netminder Steve Mason turned in a stellar 37-save effort. Mason managed just 18 stops in this one, however, and Philadelphia wasn't able to maintain its momentum from Friday's win despite captain Claude Giroux and veteran Vincent Lecavalier recording their first goals of the these playoffs.
Final Score: Chicago 5, St. Louis 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks have cleared yet another hurdle in their quest for a second straight Stanley Cup. For the St. Louis Blues, it was another bad moment of deja vu. And once again, Jonathan Toews came through on the game's biggest stage. Toews' score 44 seconds into the third period began a four-goal barrage in the final frame that carried the Blackhawks to a 5-1 Game 6 victory over the Blues that wrapped up a thrilling Western Conference quarterfinal series between the longtime rivals. Four of the first five meetings were decided in overtime, the most recent Chicago's 3-2 triumph in Friday's Game 5 on Toews' eighth career postseason game- winner. There was no need for sudden death in Sunday's clincher, however after St. Louis unraveled over the final 20 minutes following a dominant but frustrating second period. Corey Crawford kept the Blues scoreless in the second despite St. Louis owning a 17-3 advantage in shots, and Toews, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Shaw all lit the lamp within the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third to turn a nail-biting contest into a blowout. Duncan Keith tacked on another goal late for good measure and added three assists, with defense partner Brent Seabrook tallying a pair of helpers in his return from a three-game suspension for a check to the head of St. Louis captain David Backes in Game 2. Crawford stopped 35-of-36 shots overall to once again outduel counterpart Ryan Miller, who managed just 22 saves in the Blues' fourth consecutive loss after taking the first two games in overtime. It's the second straight year St. Louis blew a 2-0 series lead in the opening round. The Blues dropped four straight to a Los Angeles Kings team that eventually fell to the Blackhawks in the 2013 West finals.
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Dallas 4 (OT)
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks made sure history didn't repeat itself. Facing the prospect of a Game 7 on their home ice for a second straight year, the Western Conference's top seed staged a furious third-period push. Nick Bonino ignited the rally and supplied the game-winner in overtime, as the Ducks eliminated the Dallas Stars with a 5-4 win in Game 6 of their first-round series. Anaheim was in a similar position a year ago, with a chance to close out the Detroit Red Wings in a West quarterfinal. The Ducks lost Game 6 on the road in overtime before dropping Game 7 when a longer postseason run was expected. Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first two career playoff goals, including one with 24 seconds remaining to force overtime. Jonas Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of rookie Frederik Andersen, who was yanked for the second time in this series after allowing four goals on 12 shots. Trevor Daley had two goals, with his second giving the Stars a 4-2 lead midway through the second period. But Dallas' first postseason appearance since 2008 ended in heartbreak as Anaheim scored twice with Hiller pulled for an extra skater.