Pens close out Jackets...Rangers top Habs in OT
Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma
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UNDATED (AP) - The defending Stanley Cup champs have advanced to the second round of this year's playoffs, while the 2015 champions are done after one round.

Bryan Rust had a pair of goals and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 49 shots as the Penguins ousted the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2 in Game 5 at Pittsburgh. The Pens were clinging to a 3-2 lead until Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart early in the third period.

Phil Kessel also tallied for the Penguins, who will take on either Washington or Toronto in the next round.

Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators have completed what is arguably the biggest series win in team history.

Roman Josi scored twice and the Predators used a three-goal third period to close out a four-game sweep of the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1. Nashville went ahead 3-0 after Colton Sissons and Josi scored 1:29 apart midway through the final period.

Pekka Rinne stopped 30 shots and blanked the Hawks until Jonathan Toews tallied with 5:18 remaining.

The Predators outscored Chicago, 13-3 in their first series sweep.

 Elsewhere in the NHL:
  • Mika Zibanejad scored 14:22 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory and a 3-2 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots and blanked the Habs following Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal late in the first period. Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei also scored for the Rangers, who can finish off the Atlantic Division leaders on Saturday.

  • Edmonton also won in OT as David Desharnais scored at 18:15 of the extra session to complete the Oilers' comeback in a 4-3 win against San Jose. Oscar Klefbom tied it with 2:46 left in regulation before Desharnais gave the Oilers a three-games-to-two lead. Mark Letestu sparked the Edmonton rally with a late second-period tally after the Sharks went ahead 3-1. Game 6 is Saturday in San Jose.


 Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has decided a house-cleaning was in order after the club missed the playoffs for a team-record sixth consecutive year.

Pegula has fired general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma amid questions over player accountability. Pegula reached the decision after spending the past two days holding season-ending meetings with Murray, and some 10 days after Buffalo closed its season by finishing last in the Atlantic Division.

Murray was at his post for three seasons, while Bylsma had a two-year run with the club.


 Leafs star among Calder finalists

UNDATED (AP) - The NHL has announced the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year. Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski and Jets winger Patrik Laine are up for the award, which will be presented June 21 in Las Vegas.

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