Overtime winner keeps Blackhawks alive

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.