NHL Playoffs roundup: Senators deliver knockout blow
Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Cory Conacher scored on a shaky Peter Budaj in the first and third periods as the Ottawa Senators advanced to the second round of the playoffs Thursday with a 6-1 rout of the Canadiens in Montreal.
The seventh-seeded Senators won the physical best-of-seven series 4-1 and put a punctuation mark on their dominance in moving on for the first time since 2007, when they lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Anaheim Ducks.
Zack Smith, Kyle Turris, Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators.
Vokoun anchors Penguins
Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting New York Islanders 4-0 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.
Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the third against Evgeni Nabokov.
Vokoun, 36, was thrust into the lineup after Penguins coach Dan Bylsma benched Marc-Andre Fleury, who had started 79 straight postseason games but struggled in a 6-4 loss in Game 4.
St. Louis up for Lindsay
Crosby, Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award for the most outstanding player in the NHL, to be determined by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association. All three are previous winners.