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Blackhawks Avoid NHL Playoff Elimination; Bruins, Sharks Win

April 22 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 in the National Hockey League playoffs to keep alive the defense of their Stanley Cup title.

Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa had two goals each, and Patrick Kane added another for the Blackhawks at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver last night.

Chicago, which beat the Philadelphia Flyers in June to end a 49-year wait for a fourth Stanley Cup title, trails 3-2 in games in the best-of-seven Western Conference series after winning its second straight. The teams head back to Chicago for Game 6 on April 24 before returning to Vancouver two days later for a decider, if necessary.

The Blackhawks are seeking to become the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. The Canucks ended the regular season with the best record in the league.

After losing its first two postseason games at home, the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in overtime last night for their second straight road win and tied their Eastern Conference series at two games apiece.

Former Canadiens wing Michael Ryder got his second goal of the game 1 minute, 59 seconds into overtime as the Bruins won at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The teams return to Boston tomorrow for Game 5 in the Eastern Conference series.

Also last night, the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and lead their series 3-1 in games. The Sharks can advance to the second round in the Western Conference with a home win in Game 5 tomorrow.

Today, the Flyers host the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference and the Nashville Predators visit the Anaheim Ducks in the West with both series tied at 2-2.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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