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Blackhawks eliminate Blues with Game 6 victory

CHICAGO -- Duncan Keith had a goal and three assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks used a four-goal third period to finish off the St. Louis Blues with a 5-1 victory in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday.

Chicago won four in a row after a slow start in St. Louis. The defending Stanley Cup champions will play the winner of the Minnesota-Colorado series in the Western Conference semifinals. The Avalanche lead the Wild 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Minnesota on Monday night.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Keith scored in the third period as the Blackhawks improved to 14-2 in home playoff games over the last two seasons. Rangers 4, Flyers 2 Brad Richards and Dominic Moore scored second-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as the Rangers pushed the Flyers to the brink of elimination.

Defenseman Marc Staal gave the Rangers the lead in the first period and they extended it in the second in taking a 3-2 edge in the first-round series. Game 6 is Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ducks 5, Stars 4 Nick Bonino scored 2:47 into overtime, after getting one of Anaheim's two goals late in regulation as the Ducks beat the Dallas Stars in Game 6 to clinch the first-round series.

Bonino took a wrist shot from in front of the net after getting a pass from Andrew Cogliano, and made sure the Ducks didn't need a Game 7 to advance in the playoffs for only the second time since winning their lone Stanley Cup title seven years ago.

The Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation to force overtime for the first time in the series.

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Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen #32 can't stop the goal by Anaheim Ducks Nick Bonino, not shown, as Patrick Maroon #62 and Dallas Stars Patrik Nemeth #37 look on in Dallas on Sunday, April 27. (AP)

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