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Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson, second from left, celebrates with teammates Milan Michalek (9), Kyle Turris (7), Patrick Wiercioch (46) and Mark Stone (61) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Senators beat Canadiens 5-1 to force Game 6

Associated Press

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson brushed off a stick battle with Montreal forward Brandon Prust as easily as turned back the Canadiens on Friday night.

NHL Playoff Capsules

- Associated Press

The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin's overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Blues scratch forward Jori Lehtera for Game 5

Associated Press

The St. Louis Blues scratched forward Jori Lehtera because of a lower-body injury for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, middle, celebrates with Ryan Callahan as Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) skates off the ice after a Tyler Johnson goal in overtime of Game 4 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Detroit. Tampa Bay won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Success in NHL playoffs hinges on best players being stars

- Associated Press

A group of young, emerging prospects are moving to the forefront in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Of course, there are several key veterans having an impact on their series as well.

Wild looking for redemption in Game 5

Associated Press

The Minnesota Wild will be looking for redemption in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues.