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Henrik Lundqvist leads Rangers to 2-1 win over Penguins in Game 7

National Hockey LeagueSportsNew York RangersPittsburgh PenguinsHenrik LundqvistMinnesota WildPatrick Kane

Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored for New York, which rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in the franchise's 88-year history.

The Rangers did it behind Lundqvist, who stopped 102 of the final 105 shots he faced over the final three games as New York advanced to the conference finals for the second time in three years.

The Rangers will play the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens in the conference finals. That series is tied 3-3 and Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.

Jussi Jokinen scored his team-high seventh goal of the postseason for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for Pittsburgh, which was outscored 10-3 over the final three games.

Chicago 2, at Minnesota 1 (OT): Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:40 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series.

Kris Versteeg scored at 1:58 of the first and Corey Crawford came up with tough save after tough save among his 34 stops for the Blackhawks, who advanced to the Western Conference finals to meet either the Ducks or Kings.

Erik Haula scored and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for the Wild, which pushed a frenetic pace for much of the night but missed prime chances to score.

The Wild paid for it in the extra period, when a simple dump-in by Brent Seabrook took an unusual bounce back toward the slot. The puck slid past Peter Regin but not Kane, who deked once and flipped it into the net.

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