Blackhawks, Bruins, Ducks, and Penguins advance to semifinals

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

NHL Penguins
The Penguins breathe a sigh of relief after surviving an insane third period comeback from the Blue Jackets.

The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are starting to take shape, as several teams move on to the semifinals after beating the competition.

On Saturday, the Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2, with Tuukka Rask making 31 saves to push the defending Eastern Conference champs onwards after Game 5. Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks took out the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Sunday night in Game 6, when Nick Bonino scored 2:47 into overtime. Last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, knocked out the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in a punishing Game 6 on Sunday.

Moving past the weekend and into Monday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins knocked out the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 6, after a brutal match that saw their 4-0 lead almost swallowed up with 3 third-period goals in 4:52.

As for the undecided matchups, the New York Rangers are positioned strongly to move forward, after beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in Game 5 on Sunday, and they’ll be going toe-to-toe in Game 6 on Tuesday. The Minnesota Wild pushed the Colorado Avalanche into a Game 7 winner-take-all this coming Wednesday, after beating them 5-2 in Game 6 on Monday. The Los Angeles Kings likewise checked the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Monday, setting the stage for a showdown on Wednesday’s Game 7.

Featured image courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks Facebook. Image of Penguins huddle courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins Facebook.