Flames advance with 7-4 win over Canucks

Flames advance with 7-4 win over Canucks
Calgary's Matt Stajan, center, celebrates his eventual game-winning goal with teammates Michael Ferland, left, Kris Russell and David Jones against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. (Todd Korol / Getty Images)

Matt Stajan broke a tie with 4:17 left and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks, 7-4, on Saturday night at home to win the Western Conference playoff series, 4-2.

The Flames will face the Ducks in the second round.


Michael Ferland and Jiri Hudler each scored twice, and Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau added goals for Calgary. Hudler tied it at 4 with a power-play goal at 6:14 of the third period.

Luca Sbisa, Brandon McMillan, Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata scored for Vancouver. The Canucks had a 3-0 lead midway through the first period.

Flames starting goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled early in the first after allowing two goals on three shots. Karri Ramo stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief. Ryan Miller made 28 saves in the loss.

at Chicago 4, Nashville 3: Duncan Keith scored the winning goal at 16:12 of the third period and the Blackhawks won their first-round playoff series, 4-2.

Keith beat a screened Pekka Rinne with a laser from the left point. The defenseman also had two assists in the clinching game.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago, and Corey Crawford stopped 13 shots after replacing Scott Darling in the first period after the rookie gave up three goals to the Predators.

James Neal had two goals for Nashville.

at N.Y. Islanders 3, Washington 1: Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and the Islanders forced Game 7 in the playoff series.

Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and assist, and Nick Leddy had two assists in what could be the franchise's final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Cal Clutterbuck then got the loud crowd on its feet to seal the win with an empty-net goal with 53 seconds left.

John Carlson scored for the Capitals, who will host the deciding game Monday.

Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves, including 13 in the final period, for the Islanders.

Detroit 4, at Tampa Bay 0: Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots and the Red Wings rebounded from a disappointing loss to shut down the Lightning and take a 3-2 lead in the first-round NHL playoff series.

Riley Sheahan, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit. It can close out the matchup by winning Game 6 at home Monday.

The shutout was the second of the series for the young Mrazek, who had no previous NHL playoff experience before being named Detroit's starter over veteran Jimmy Howard.