Kings Stay Alive…Habs Advance To Face Rangers
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks still don't know who they'll face in the NHL's Western Conference finals.
The Los Angeles Kings have forced a Game 7 in their conference semifinal series by nipping Anaheim 2-1. Jake Muzzin put the Kings ahead to stay just over eight minutes into the first period before Trevor Lewis made it 2-0 late in the second. Jonathan Quick handled 21 shots and was perfect after Kyle Palmeiri scored 98 seconds after Lewis.
The Kings had dropped three straight before taking Game 6. They will head to Anaheim for the finale on Friday.
Meanwhile, it will be the Montreal Canadiens taking on the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.
Carey Price turned back 29 shots and Daniel Briere had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens downed the Bruins 3-1 in Boston. Price allowed just one goal over the final two games to help the Habs come back from a 3-2 series deficit. He blanked the Bruins after Jarome Iginla's scored on a power play late in the second period.
Dale Weise put the Canadiens ahead to stay just 2:18 in. Max Pacioretty notched the eventual game-winner midway through the second period to make it 2-0. Briere's power-play goal restored Montreal's two-goal advantage with 2:53 remaining.
Sharks to keep on McLellan, Wilson
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are bringing back coach Todd McLellan and general manager Doug Wilson for another season.
Owner Hasso Plattner has issued a statement saying he was disappointed with the way the season finished but that he supports Wilson's recommendation to keep McLellan.
The Sharks lost the final four games of a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs against Los Angeles.