KANE NOTCHES DOUBLE-OVERTIME WINNER TO KEEP BLACKHAWKS ALIVE
The St. Louis Blues overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period, but Patrick Kane scored a highlight-reel goal at 3:07 of double-overtime to help the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks stave off elimination.
* Kane scored his fifth career postseason overtime goal, tied for third in NHL history with Glenn Anderson. Only Joe Sakic (eight) and Maurice Richard (six) have scored more such goals.
* Two of Kane's five career playoff overtime goals have been recorded in multiple-overtime games. He also scored at 11:40 of double-overtime in Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings to clinch the series.
* The Blackhawks improved to 12-4 in their past 16 games when facing elimination since the start of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 1, Detroit 0 - TBL wins 4-1
Pittsburgh 5, NY RANGERS 0 - PIT leads 3-1
Anaheim 4, NASHVILLE 1 - series tied 2-2
Chicago 4, ST. LOUIS 3 (2OT) - STL leads 3-2
KILLORN'S LATE-GAME HEROICS POWER LIGHTNING INTO SECOND ROUND
Alex Killorn scored the series-clinching goal with 1:43 remaining in regulation to help the defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning eliminate the Detroit Red Wings in the first round for the second straight postseason (won series 4-3 in 2015).
* The line of Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov combined for 20 points in five games against the Red Wings, including 10 of the Lightning's 12 goals in the series (three game-winning goals).
* Per Elias Sports Bureau, the Lightning-Red Wings series was tied or within one goal for 89.3% of total playing time (267:48 of 300:00).
Video: DET@TBL, Gm5: Callahan finds Killorn for lead in 3rd
MALKIN, PENGUINS PUSH RANGERS TO BRINK OF ELIMINATION
Evgeni Malkin (2-2-4) had a hand in four of the Pittsburgh Penguins' five goals to push the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination.
* The Penguins now hold a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoffs series for the 13th time in franchise history. They own a 9-3 record in the 12 previous scenarios, with one of those losses coming to the Rangers in the 2014 second round.
* Malkin, who returned to Pittsburgh's lineup Saturday following a 16-game absence, posted his second career four-point game in the postseason and first since Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Final vs. CAR (3-1-4).
BISHOP, MURRAY RECORD BLANK SHEETS
Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop (34 saves) and Pittsburgh's Matt Murray (31) each recorded shutouts to backstop their respective teams to victory:
* Bishop registered his fourth career playoff shutout and third in a series-clinching win (others: Game 7 of 2015 first round at Red Wings, Game 7 of 2015 Eastern Conference Final at Rangers). The Lightning have clinched four of their past six series wins with a shutout dating back to their 2011 playoff series against Pittsburgh.
* Murray, who won his playoff debut in Game 3, became the first rookie in Penguins history to record a postseason shutout. Per Elias, the 21-year-old is the third goaltender in franchise history to win his first two or more career playoff starts, joining Les Binkley in 1970 (four) and Frank Pietrangelo in 1991 (two).
DUCKS EVEN SERIES WITH PREDATORS
Frederik Andersen made 30 saves, and four different skaters scored goals as the Ducks evened their first round series against the Predators after the dropping the first two games at home.
* The Ducks tied a best-of-7 postseason series after losing the first two games for the third time in franchise history (others: 2003 against New Jersey Devils, 2014 against Kings).
* Andersen, who posted a shutout in his return to the crease in Game 3, improved to 19-1-2 in his past 24 games dating back to Jan. 13 (regular season and playoffs combined).
Video: ANA@NSH, Gm4: Thompson finishes on feed from Rakell
SNIDER HONORED IN PHILADELPHIA
The Philadelphia Flyers and their fans honored chairman and governor Ed Snider during a two-hour celebration at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Snider, who brought the NHL to Philadelphia in 1967, passed away on April 11.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa became the fourth active player to record 50 career goals in the playoffs. The others: Jaromir Jagr (78), Patrick Marleau (61) and Henrik Zetterberg (57).
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith led all players with 42 minutes of ice time, his seventh career postseason game of more than 40 minutes. ... Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo registered his first career three-point game in the postseason. ... The NHL announced the start times for Saturday's three games. ... ICYMI: Country music artist Tim McGraw attended the Ducks-Predators game at Bridgestone Arena.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ Washington, WSH leads 3-1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-DC, CSN-PH
NY Islanders @ Florida, series tied 2-2, 8:00 p.m., CNBC, SN, TVAS2, SUN, MSG+
Minnesota @ Dallas, DAL leads 3-1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVAS3, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI
San Jose @ Los Angeles, SJS leads 3-1, 10:30 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS, PRIME, CSN-CA