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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Penguins, Rangers Take 4 To Surge Into 2nd Round

NEW YORK -- Detroit, Pittsburgh and New York won their NHL playoff series, capping a weekend that vaulted all eight teams into the second round.

The Red Wings beat Winnipeg 4-1 Sunday, the Penguins downed Washington 3-2 and the Rangers stopped Montreal 5-3 -- all three series ending in six games.

The Penguins and Rangers each won four straight games, becoming the 10th and 11th teams in NHL history to lose the first two at home and go on to win a seven-game series.

The Red Wings will play St. Louis, and Colorado will face Chicago in the Western Conference. Pittsburgh will play New York, and Philadelphia will play Florida in the East.

The results featured a rarity in the NHL postseason - the first time since 1974 no Canadian team has advanced to the second round.


Red Wings 4, Jets 1. In the final NHL game in Winnipeg, Slava Kozlov scored twice in a three-goal first period to lead the Detroit Red Wings to victory over the Jets, who will become the Phoenix Coyotes next season.

The Red Wings, heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup after a record 62-win season, will play Wayne Gretzky and the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference semifinals.

Kozlov beat Nikolai Khabibulin -- hero of Game Five for Winnipeg -- 3:46 into the game to open the scoring and added a power-play marker 11:08 later to double the lead.

Steve Yzerman scored off Keith Primeau's pass from behind the net to make it 3-0 with 3:29 left in the first period, just 29 seconds after Winnipeg captain Keith Tkachuk had a goal disallowed for knocking it in with a high stick.

Khabibulin finished with 23 saves after a sensational 51-save performance Friday that sent the series back to Winnipeg.

"This is a sad day for all of us," Tkachuk said. "I won't forget how hard Winnipeg fought to keep this team.

"It's too bad we couldn't have kept it going for another series."


Penguins 3, Capitals 2. At Landover, Maryland, the Penguins ousted Washington from the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

Ken Wregget had 35 saves and the Penguins built a 3-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes. Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis scored for the Penguins, who won all three games at the USAir Arena, including the four-overtime game that tied the series 2-2.

Pittsburgh also rallied from a two-game deficit to eliminate the Capitals in 1992 and 1995. The Penguins beat Washington in five games in 1991 and lost to the Capitals in six games two years ago.

"Petr Nedved won this series for us in the overtime game," Lemieux said. "From then on we sensed we could beat them."

Rangers 5 Canadiens 3. At Montreal, the Rangers jumped to an early 4-0 lead and held off a spirited comebackby the Canadiens.

The win marked the first time in the Rangers' long history that the club had rallied from a two games to none deficit to win a playoff series. "It's a great thing for us," said Luc Robitaille. "Imagine, we did it against Montreal."

Adam Graves, Alexei Kovalev and Jari Jurri scored in a 1:02 span in the middle of the opening period after Pat Verbeek had opened the scoring at 6:24 on the Rangers' first shot.

The Canadiens went 0-3 in their new 21,273-seat Molson Centre.

(AP, Reuters)

(For other results, see Scorecard.)