NHL PLAYOFFS: Blackhawks beat Blues in OT
Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime Friday night, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues and a 3-2 series lead.
Marian Hossa and Ben Smith also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three in a row and can wrap up the first-round series at home Sunday. Four of the first five games in the series have gone to overtime.
T.J. Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues.
All three of the Blues’ home games went to overtime and St. Louis won the first two. Toews got behind the St. Louis defense on the winner and threw a couple of fakes at Ryan Miller before slipping the puck past the goalie.
FLYERS 2, RANGERS 1: Steve Mason stopped 37 shots in his first start of the series, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek scored and Philadelphia beat New York to tie the first-round matchup 2-2.
Ray Emery started the first three games for Mason, who was out with an upper-body injury. Mason played the final 7:15 in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.
Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers.
Game 5 is Sunday in New York.
DUCKS 6, STARS 2: Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists in his return from injury, and Anaheim scored four power-play goals to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.
Corey Perry also had a goal and two assists for the top-seeded Ducks, who confidently moved to the brink of the second round after dropping the last two games in Dallas.
Nick Bonino, Mathieu Perreault, Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell also scored for Anaheim, which set a franchise record for playoff power-play goals.
The Ducks chased Kari Lehtonen with five goals on their first 21 shots.
Jamie Benn and Shawn Horcoff scored for the Stars, who couldn’t score on seven power-play chances.
Game 6 is Sunday in Dallas.