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NHL results – Stanley Cup highlights from Tuesday, May 13th 2014

NHL results – Stanley Cup highlights from Tuesday, May 13th 2014

The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Tuesday night. Here’s our recap and highlights from the night’s action… New York 2 Pittsburgh 1 Scorers: NYR – Boyle, Richards  PIT – Jokinen   The New York Rangers completed their improbable comeback on Tuesday night, climbing back from a 3-1 series hole to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in game seven, by a 2-1 score line. The Rangers now move on to their second conference final in three seasons.   Bryan Boyle opened the scoring for the rangers early in the first period, scoring his second of the playoffs on a brilliant pass from Dominic Moore. The game-winner for the Rangers would (ironically) come on the power play, where they have struggled for much of the playoffs. Center Brad Richards knocked home a brilliant pass from Martin St. Louis mid-way through the second, to establish a lead that the Rangers would not relinquish. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was absolutely brilliant, making 35 saves for the victory.   It’s another early summer for the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins, who managed to throw away a hard-fought 3-1 series lead, falling in seven games to the upstart Rangers. Jussi Jokinen had his team-leading seventh goal of the playoffs in the second period, but the team couldn’t find another way past Lundqvist on the night. Sidney Crosby finishes the playoffs with just 1 goal, having failed to score again in game 7 on two shots and 22:02 of ice time. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was tested with just 18 saves on the night, but will be pegged with the loss in another early exit for the Pens.   Chicago 2 Minnesota 1 Scorers: CHI – Versteeg, Kane  MIN – Haula   The Chicago Blackhawks finally managed to do away with the Minnesota Wild’s home dominance, and it was an overtime goal from a familiar face that gave them a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks win the series 4-2.   Patrick Kane notched his sixth goal of the playoffs (and third game-winning goal) to put the Hawks in the conference final for the fourth time in six seasons. The goal was Kane’s first since putting up a two-goal effort in game one of the second round series. Winger Kris Versteeg had opened the scoring early in the first, with his first goal of the playoffs. Goaltender Corey Crawford was the real story for the Hawks, making 34 saves in a winning effort.   The Minnesota Wild gave the Chicago Blackhawks all they could handle in game six, but couldn’t find a way past Crawford in overtime, and now face the prospect of another long summer. Erik Haula posted his fourth goal of the playoffs in the second period, while the Wild peppered Crawford with 35 shots goal, led by Justin Fontaine’s six. Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had another strong game for the team, making 25 saves in the losing effort.

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