National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

Updated: May 10, 2013


Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, NY Islanders 0

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – The Pittsburgh Penguins made some changes in their lineup for Thursday’s contest, and it worked out spectacularly for them. Playing his first playoff game in six years, Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots for his second career playoff shutout while Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang each gave a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins in a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Vokoun, who hadn’t been in the pipes in the postseason since 2007 with Nashville, replaced an ineffective Marc-Andre Fleury, who had given up 14 goals in the past three games after posting a shutout in Game 1. Also, the team benched Tanner Glass, Jussi Jokinen and Mark Eaton, with Simon Despres, Tyler Kennedy and Joe Vitale taking their spots on the ice. Kennedy, who had a rough regular season with just six goals and 11 points in 46 games, scored the first goal of the game while Douglas Murray also lit the lamp for the Penguins, who now lead this best-of-seven series, 3-2. Evgeni Nabokov was touched for all four goals on 27 shots in the loss for the Islanders, who will have to take Game 6 at home on Saturday if they want to stay in the playoffs. Kevin Poulin played the final 14 minutes after the fourth goal and stopped all four shots he faced.

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Montreal 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Cory Conacher tallied twice and Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots as the Ottawa Senators finished off the short-handed Montreal Canadiens with a 6-1 victory in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal from Bell Centre. Erik Condra posted a goal and two assists for the Senators, who took the series four games to one and advanced to the second round for the first time since reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007. Kyle Turris, Zack Smith and Daniel Alfredsson also scored as Ottawa posted its first playoff-series win over the Habs since the original Sens won a two-game, total-goals set in 1927. P.K. Subban notched the lone score for the Canadiens, who lasted just five games while dealing with the absences of captain Brian Gionta (bicep surgery), forwards Lars Eller (concussion, broken nose), Brandon Prust and Ryan White (upper-body) and starting goaltender Carey Price — who sustained an unspecified lower-body injury late in Game 4. Peter Budaj made his first career playoff start and was shelled for all six goals on 29 shots.

Final Score: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday showed why they won the Presidents’ Trophy. Thanks to 21 saves from Corey Crawford and two goals and an assist from Marian Hossa, the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series. Marcus Kruger had a goal and an assist, Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews posted two assists each for the Blackhawks, who avoided a third straight first-round loss after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010. Torrey Mitchell scored the lone goal of the game for the Wild, who were in the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season, but still haven’t won a playoff series since defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals. Josh Harding, who left at the end of the first period in Game 4 with a lower-body injury, was pulled from the net in the second period after allowing three goals on 18 shots. Darcy Kuemper allowed two goals on 15 shots in relief.