CHICAGO – Mike Smith made 39 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes scored three times in the final period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Monday night and capture their opening-round series in six games.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the second and Gilbert Brule, Antoine Vermette and Kyle Chipchura had goals in the third as the Coyotes won a first-round series for the first time since moving to Phoenix for the 1996-97 season. It is the first series triumph for the franchise since 1987 when it was still the Winnipeg Jets.
The Coyotes won all three games at the United Center—Monday night’s game was the first in the series not to be decided in overtime—and now move on to play Nashville in the conference semifinals.
RANGERS 3, SENATORS 2
OTTAWA (AP)—Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal and Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists as the top-seeded New York Rangers staved off elimination in the Eastern Conference.
The series heads back to New York for Game 7 on Thursday. It’s the first Game 7 in any sport at Madison Square Garden in 17 years.
Not even the return of Daniel Alfredsson in front of the fired-up home crowd at Scotiabank Place could help the eighth-seeded Senators complete the upset.
The Rangers broke through in the second with three goals after going six straight periods without scoring.
Chris Neil gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the first with a power-play goal and Jason Spezza cut it to 3-2 with 39 seconds left to play in the third.