Penguins through; Blackhawks hope

The Pittsburgh Penguins are safely through to the second round of the Stanley Cup play-offs as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St Louis Blues to keep their season alive.

The Penguins completed a 4-1 Eastern Conference First Round series win over the New York Rangers with a 6-3 victory on home ice.

New York twice led in a first period which ended 2-2, but Pittsburgh dominated the second period as Bryan Rust scored twice, either side of goals from Matt Cullen and Conor Sheary, putting the Penguins up 6-2 before Chris Kreider’s third-period consolation goal for the Rangers.

The St Louis Blues were hoping to join Pittsburgh in advancing but the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks fought back to deny them.

Artem Anisimov, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Dale Weise all scored in the second period as the Blackhawks rallied from 3-1 down on their way to a 6-3 victory.

Chicago had trailed 3-1 in the series but will hope to complete the comeback on Monday night.

The Anaheim Ducks lead their Western Conference series with the Nashville Predators 3-2 after a 5-2 win on home ice.

David Perron, Ryan Garbutt, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler all scored for Anaheim while Frederik Andersen made 26 saves.

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