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'Hawks oust Preds on Keith's late goal

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) It smacks of desperation. And it's more a hunch than a real strategy.

But when pressed, most coaches will admit few things motivate pro athletes better than embarrassing them.

Ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who overcame another big first-period deficit and then a goalie swap for the second time against the Nashville Predators. The result was another 4-3 win Saturday night that closed out their first-round playoff series in six games and left Chicago awaiting the winner of the Minnesota-St. Louis matchup.


Islanders force Game 7 vs. Capitals

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Islanders captain John Tavares was still attempting to gather his bearings after being leveled in the corner, when he heard the familiar - and welcome - roar go up inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for what could be the last time.

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" the orange towel-waving crowd yelled in unison as part of its traditional goal chant.


Mrazek blanks Tampa, Wings take 3-2 lead

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Petr Mrazek's confidence is growing by the victory.

One more win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Detroit Red Wings and their young goaltender will advance in the NHL playoffs.


Flames rally past Canucks to advance

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) With a chance to clinch in their grasp, the Calgary Flames stayed determined.

Down 3-0 early and 4-3 midway through the second period, they turned a switch and beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Saturday to take the series and advance to the second round of NHL playoffs for the first time in over a decade.


Wild give Swiss C Bertschy 3-year deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have signed Swiss center Christoph Bertschy (BAIRT'-chee) to a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2015-16 season.

The Wild announced the signing Sunday.


Rangers oust Pens on Hagelin's OT goal

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this.

In last year's run to the Stanley Cup Finals, they went the seven-game limit in the first two series, then needed six games in the Eastern Conference final.


Senators rout Habs 5-1, force Game 6

MONTREAL (AP) Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson brushed off a stick battle with Montreal forward Brandon Prust as easily as turned back the Canadiens on Friday night.

"He's going to the net hard. It's just a battle of emotions there," Anderson said. "I'm fighting for my ice. He's fighting for his ice. I got a little stickwork, but no harm, no foul."


Dubnyk bounces back as Wild go up 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Devan Dubnyk forgot all about that six-goal embarrassment.

The Minnesota Wild goalie with the short memory led his team to its biggest road win yet this season.


Penguins seek answers after quick exit

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby wasn't making excuses so much as stating the obvious.

The Pittsburgh Penguins raced through the fall, but limped through the winter and an all-too-brief spring. The faces, the pace, the results all changed when the health issues and injuries that began with defenseman Olli Maatta's cancer surgery never let up.


Oilers hire Chiarelli to run operations

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers made sweeping front-office changes Friday after another disappointing season.

Patrick LaForge stepped down as president and chief operating officer while Craig MacTavish will move from general manager to a job yet to be determined.

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