Chicago Blackhawks’ hopes of retaining the Stanley Cup were kept alive by an overtime goal from Patrick Kane as they edged out the St Louis Blues 4-3.
Seeking to avoid first-round elimination after falling 3-1 behind in the best-of-seven series, the Blackhawks needed a second period of overtime in the fifth game to post their narrow win and keep their season going.
Patrick Kane scored the all-important goal in the fourth minute of the second extra period at Scottrade Center in St Louis, firing in a backhanded shot.
Chicago will look to bring the series level on Saturday when they have home advantage in game six.
Alex Killorn’s third-period goal was enough to send the Tampa Bay Lightning into the second round of the play-offs as they edged out the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in game five to seal a 4-1 series win.
Killorn scored with 1:43 remaining while goaltender Ben Bishop had 34 saves for his fourth career play-off shutout.
The Lightning will now await the winner of the series between the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers, which is tied at 2-2 ahead of Friday’s Game 5.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from advancing after a 5-0 victory over the New York Rangers put them 3-1 up in their series.
Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists while Matt Murray made 31 saves in a comfortable win.
The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators are tied at 2-2 after the Ducks claimed a 4-1 win in Tennessee.
Frederik Andersen made 30 saves while Ryan Getzlaf, Nate Thompson, Jamie McGinn and Andrew Cogliano found the net.