Blackhawks Make Their Way to Game 7s

Ben Smith’s goal which he scored on a rebound at 15 minutes, 30 seconds of overtime Sunday night helped Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. With the help of this victory, Blackhawks were able to defend Stanley Cup Championship Chicago and forced themselves into the seventh game in the opening-round series.

Although the Vancouver Canucks had the NHL’s best regular-season record, they still lost three straight in the series.  Now they will host Game 7 Tuesday.

Smith followed in a long, hard shot from the point by teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson that bounced off goalie Roberto Luongo, who didn’t start but was called upon during the third period after Cory Schneider had to be helped off the ice when he was hurt trying to stop Michael Frolik’s penalty shot that tied the score at 3.

Flyers eliminated Sabres from the quarter finals, making its spot in the 7th game. Match ended with a final score of 5-4. Brian Boucher’s return in yet another relief appearance sparked visiting Philadelphia to force Game 7 in its first-round series against Buffalo. He stopped 24 shots over the final two periods and overtime to send the series back to Philadelphia to be decided Tuesday.

On the other hand, Predators defeated the Ducks 4-2. Nick Spaling scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of the third, and Nashville closed out its first playoff series victory to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Steve Sullivan scored a goal, David Legwand had an empty-netter and Jordin Tootoo assisted on Spaling’s goals. The Predators won the series 4-2 in their sixth postseason in seven seasons.

The Ducks looked tired late as coach Randy Carlyle went heavily with his top two lines. And Anaheim lost in the opening round for the third time in seven playoffs.

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