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Kings 2, Blues 1
Dustin Penner snapped a tie with two-tenths of a second remaining in the second period and host Los Angeles withstood a late charge by fourth-seeded St. Louis to wrap up their Western Conference first-round series in six games.
Defenseman Drew Doughty also scored and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the fifth-seeded Kings, who have won 10 straight home games dating back to late March.
The reigning Stanley Cup champions will face either second-seeded Anaheim or sixth-seeded San Jose in the second round.
With time winding down in the middle session, Penner carried the puck over the blue line and unleashed a shot that deflected off the stick of Blues defenseman Roman Polak and sailed past Brian Elliott to break a 1-1 deadlock.
Quick stopped all eight shots he faced in the third and Patrik Berglund's deflection hit the crossbar late in the period as the Kings eliminated the Blues for the second consecutive year.
Chris Porter tallied and Elliott stopped 14 shots for the Blues, who dropped four straight after winning the first two games of the series.
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Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1
James Reimer made 43 saves as visiting Toronto stayed alive to force Game Six in its Eastern Conference first-round series with Boston.
Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and Clarke MacArthur added the eventual winner 1:58 into the third period for the fifth-seeded Maple Leafs, who cut their series deficit to 3-2 and will host Boston on Sunday.
Reimer stopped 35 of 36 shots over the final two periods to preserve the victory.
Captain Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of the postseason for the fourth-seeded Bruins, who fell to 9-9 all-time in Game Five elimination opportunities. Tuukka Rask finished with 31 saves.
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Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT)
Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime as Washington won its fifth consecutive home postseason contest to take a 3-2 advantage in its Eastern Conference first-round series.
Defenseman Karl Alzner's blast from the point caromed off the skate of Troy Brouwer and right to Ribeiro, who made no mistake from the doorstep to whip the Verizon Center into a frenzy.
Joel Ward scored a power-play goal and Braden Holtby finished with 24 saves for the third-seeded Capitals, who won their second overtime decision of the series.
Defenseman Mike Green scored exactly eight minutes into overtime as Washington skated to a 1-0 triumph in Game Two.
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 33 shots for the sixth-seeded Rangers, who will look to stave off elimination on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
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Red Wings 4, Ducks 3 (OT)
Captain Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal of the contest 1:04 into overtime as host Detroit rebounded after squandering a two-goal lead late in the third period to force a decisive Game Seven against second-seeded Anaheim.
After the Ducks called a timeout, the Red Wings won the faceoff in the offensive zone. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall set up Zetterberg, who scored his first career postseason overtime goal by blasting a shot from the point past Jonas Hiller (25 saves), who was being screened by Justin Abdelkader.
Pavel Datsyuk collected a goal and two assists and Abdelkader also tallied in his return from a two-game suspension.
Jimmy Howard turned aside 34 shots for seventh-seeded Detroit, which will visit the Honda Center on Sunday. The victor of that game will face Los Angeles.
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