Monday, May 7, 2012

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers Score Early OT Goal To Take 3-2 Series Lead; Coyotes Finish Off Predators, Get Kings Next

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Monday with two games.


At New York:

Two power-play goals, the first from Brad Richards with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation, and the second, from Marc Staal, 95 seconds into overtime, carried the New York Rangers to a 3-2 come-from-behind home win over the Washington Capitals to give them a three-games-to-two conference semifinal series advantage.  The Rangers can close out the series and reach their first conference final since 1997 with a win at Washington on Wednesday night.


At Glendale, Arizona:

Derek Morris and Martin Hanzal scored second-half goals and Mike Smith stopped 32 of 33 shots as the Phoenix Coyotes eliminated the Nashville Predators with their 2-1 game-five home victory, enabling them to win their conference semifinal series four games to one.  For the first time in their 33-year NHL history, the Coyotes have reached a conference final, in which they would have home ice advantage against the Los Angeles Kings.  

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