Kevin Stevens scored twice and referee Bill McCreary nullified an apparent game-tying goal Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins forced a seventh game in the Patrick Division semifinal by defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-3.
The deciding game will be played Monday night in Pittsburgh with the winner advancing to the division championship against Washington. The Capitals eliminated the New York Rangers on Saturday night.New Jersey had hoped to avoid the trip to Pittsburgh and might have had McCreary not waved off a goal by Laurie Boschman with 1:32 left in the second period, which would have tied the game 4-4.
But McCreary ruled that Boschman directed the puck past Frank Pietrangelo with his skate. The replay showed he deflected the pass by Claude Lemieux with his stick and then it went off his stake.
Pietrangelo, subbing for the injured Tom Barrasso and making his first playoff appearance, made the lead stand up thereafter, making 28 saves.
The Penguins came into the game facing elimination and knowing they would be without both defenseman Paul Coffey (scratched cornea) and Barrasso (shoulder injury).
The Penguins line of Francis, Stevens and Recchi accounted for three goals and five assists.
Capitals 4, Rangers 2
The Washington Capitals knocked New York goalie Mike Richter out of the net and bounced the Rangers from the NHL playoffs, scoring on three of their first four shots en route to a victory that put them in the Patrick Division finals.
The Capitals won the final three games of the series to eliminate the Rangers for a second straight year, four games to two. It marked the first time since 1971 that New York lost a best-of-seven series after leading 2-1.
Bruins 3, Whalers 1
At Hartford, Conn., Boston scored on its first two shots and Andy Moog was outstanding in goal as the Bruins beat the Hartford Whalers 3-1 Saturday night to advance to the Adams Division final.
Nevin Markwart and Bob Sweeney scored as the Bruins jumped to a 2-0 lead 8:50 into the game. Dave Christian also scored and Vladimir Ruzicka had two assists as the Bruins won the NHL playoff series in six games.
Canadiens 5, Sabres 1
At Buffalo, N.Y., Shayne Corson scored shorthanded and on the power play within 80 seconds of the second period as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres night to take their best-of-7 Adams Division semifinal series in six games.
The Canadiens advanced to the division finals starting Wednesday night in Boston. The Bruins also wrapped up their semifinal series in six games by beating Hartford 3-1 Saturday night.