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Patrick Kane's OT winner eliminates Wild; Rangers likely usher in changes for Pens

By John Vogl

Patrick Kane continues to enhance his big-game reputation, scoring yet another overtime winner Tuesday as the Blackhawks eliminated Minnesota in six games.

"It was exciting to get that opportunity and that chance, and whatever it is, if the luck finds me or the heavens above give me some blessings in overtime, I'll keep taking it," Kane said after the 2-1 win, made possible by his sixth playoff winner, inlcuding his fourth in overtime. "We have a bunch of guys that have experience and everyone has done it, but it's always exciting when you do it."

The Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference final and will wait for the winner of Anaheim and Los Angeles.

New York's Henrik Lundqvist continued his mastery during Game Sevens, helping eliminate Pittsburgh, 2-1. Lundqvist has won five straight Game Sevens, an an NHL record. Lundqvist is 5-1 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage during the deciding game. The Rangers will play either Boston or Montreal in the Eastern Conference final.

The loss could mean big changes in Pittsburgh. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"Penguins ownership will consider a sweeping overhaul that could include terminating general manager Ray Shero in addition to Dan Bylsma and the members of the coaching staff, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. Ownership specifically is concerned about a perceived lack of accountability for players, overall team toughness and unproductive drafts, the sources said.

"The sources also said Penguins ownership might not want to undergo a complete front-office shakeup with only about a month before the NHL Entry Draft.

"No decisions have been made, and they will not be rushed, the sources said."

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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