NHL Now: Blackhawks Sweep Away Wild, Montreal Canadiens Still Alive
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have earned their third straight trip to the NHL's Western Conference finals by completing a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Wild.
Patrick Kane provided a goal and an assist as the Hawks downed the Wild 4-3. Brent Seabrook put Chicago ahead midway through the first period before Andrew Shaw's power-play score made it 2-0 early in the second.
Minnesota scored twice after Marian Hossa's empty-netter made it 4-1 with 3:07 to play.
Corey Crawford stopped 34 shots for the Hawks, who will take on either Anaheim or Calgary in the next round.
Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens have staved off elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs by finally solving Ben Bishop.
Max Pacioretty scored a short-handed goal and had two assists as the Canadiens ripped the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2. Bishop was lifted after Jeff Petry's power-play goal put the Habs ahead 4-0 midway through the second period. Bishop had allowed just four goals in helping the Lightning take the first three games of the second-round series.
Andrei Markov, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher and Brandon Prust also scored as part of Montreal's 39-shot assault.
Carey Price made 22 saves and blanked the Lightning until Nikita Kucherov netted a power-play goal late in the second period.
Game 5 is Saturday in Montreal.
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