The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 while the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime in their National Hockey League second-round playoff series.
The Red Wings and Blackhawks are tied at one game apiece in their best-of-seven series, while the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings have a 2-1 advantage over the Sharks.
In today’s games, the New York Rangers try to even their series against the Boston Bruins at one game apiece while the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins seek a three games to none lead against the Ottawa Senators.
At the United Center in Chicago, Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period to give Detroit a 2-1 lead. Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula then added goals in the third period.
Patrick Kane scored in the first period for the Blackhawks, who travel to Detroit for Game 3 in their best-of-seven Western Conference series tomorrow.
At the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Logan Couture scored on a power play one minute, 29 seconds into overtime for the Sharks.
Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal to give the Sharks a 1-0 advantage one minute, 34 seconds into the first period and Tyler Toffoli tied the game nine minutes later.
The Sharks, who host Game 4 on May 21, were fined $100,000 yesterday by the league for General Manager Doug Wilson’s criticism of the suspension of Raffi Torres for the remainder of the second round of playoffs.
The NHL said Wilson violated a rule prohibiting formal team statements to the media during the 48 hours after a disciplinary action. The rule violation calls for a fine of $25,000. The Sharks were assessed a further $75,000 for what the league called the inappropriate nature of the comments.
Torres was suspended for an illegal check to the head of forward Jarret Stoll during Game 1 of the series.
Wilson said the team disagreed with the suspension.
“It is abundantly clear that this was a clean hockey hit,” Wilson said in a statement. “As noted by the NHL, Raffi’s initial point of contact was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on an opponent who was playing the puck. He did not leave his feet or elevate, he kept his shoulder tucked and elbow down at his side, and he was gliding -- not skating or charging.”