National Hockey League roundup: Blackhawks, Blue Jackets on edge of elimination

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Karlsson and Markus Nutivaara went above and beyond the call of duty to keep the Columbus Blue Jackets alive.

The Rangers controlled the play for most of the second period as the Canadiens had only one shot on goal in the first 11 minutes.

The Rangers, who gave up the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the third period of Game 2 before losing in overtime, started aggressively and stopped Montreal in the final minutes in this one.

"I just wanted them to see what it was like to win a playoff game with this team together", Tortorella said. Calvert didn't want to talk about the play Monday, but he did say it wasn't payback for anything that happened in the game. "They not only checked well, but were fortunate enough to bang a couple in".

"We'd like to get a better start", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "You can't take a shift off against that line". They really do look like a squad that feeds off that energetic crowd in Columbus. "[With them, ] you have to have your head on a swivel all the time".

The Columbus Blue Jackets still have some life.

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"We played a better game", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "It's good for our confidence and our flow". San Jose managed only two goals in the series before Tuesday, so this was sorely needed. There were some nervy moments - Pittsburgh twice cut it to a one goal deficit, including with 26 seconds to go and the net empty - but this time, on this night, the hometown boys answered the call.

With that in mind, captain Sidney Crosby doesn't downplay the importance of Game 5. "I thought he was dead-on his game". "Prior to his suspension, he was playing so well". Starting Thursday, the Penguins are anxious to turn that knowledge back into results.

The Blue Jackets also received a spark from the addition of a few other players in the lineup.

Here's a look at the rest of Tuesday's playoff action. A short summer and busy season that included a World Cup appearance for numerous Penguins' stars means they've played a lot of hockey in the past year.

After scoring just seven goals in the regular season, Kassian has scored his first two game-winners since the 2014-15 regular season.

"The key is our depth on our team", Saad said. The Pens are looking as risky as ever and have so much depth in the offensive zone and it seems like someone else is stepping up with each passing game and if they can continue that production from guys out of their bottom six forwards they are going to be very tough to slow down across a seven game series. "We need everyone if we're going to win". "That's the way we've won all year". It's fun. It's definitely a lot of fun to play in front of Flower. Eventually, they figured, the desperation of the playoffs would bring that, especially against a Penguins team that plays an offensive brand of hockey.

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