Liveblog: Coyotes eliminate Hawks; Rangers stay alive


The unloved Phoenix Coyotes are going to the Western Conference semi-final and the Chicago Blackhawks are going home..
Goaltender Mike Smith, doing his best Jaroslav Halak impression with a 39-save shutout, kept his team in the game through the first 33 minutes, until Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on Phoenix’s fourth shot of the game.

Former Canadien Kyle Chipchura scored the final  goal in a 4-0 win that ended Chicago’s season at a stunned United Centre.
They Coyotes won a playoff series for the first time in 14 tries, dating back to their time as the Winnipeg Jets.

They will face Nashville in the Western Conference semi-final.

The other series will match the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues.

Earlier on Monday night,  the chorus at ScotiaBank Place in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata was “Refs you suck!”
Henrik Lundqvist would agree.

An emotional Game 6 turned on penalties and ended in a 3-2  win for the
Trailing 1-0, the visitors scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take control.
The desperate Senators narrowed the lead on a late goal that enraged Lundqvist, but 38 seconds wasn’t enough time to get the equalizer.
Game 7 will be at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

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