Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Cory Conacher scored twice on a shaky Peter Budaj as the Ottawa Senators advanced to the second round of the playoffs Thursday night with a 6-1 rout of the Canadiens in Montreal.
Ottawa took the best-of-seven series, 4-1, and put a punctuation mark on its dominance in moving on for the first time since 2007.
Zack Smith, Kyle Turris, Daniel Alfredsson, and Erik Condra also scored for Ottawa.
P.K. Subban scored for injury-struck Montreal.
Budaj made 23 saves in place of the injured Carey Price. Budaj was on the hot seat and the nerves showed early as the Senators scored on their third shot. A generous rebound was left in front for Smith to backhand into an open net only 2:17 in. Another puck slipped behind Budaj off a post and Conacher was there to tap it in 10 minutes later. Turris scored shorthanded to give the Senators a 3-1 lead in the second period.
Penguins 4, Islanders 0 — Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and host Pittsburgh beat New York to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the third as Pittsburgh moved a step closer to advancing to the second round.
Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for the Islanders, but also gave up breakaway goals to Crosby and Kennedy and botched a lazy wrist shot from Murray that gave the Penguins all the offense they would need.
Blackhawks 5, Wild 1 — Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and host Chicago eliminated Minnesota in its first-round playoff series.
Chicago is moving on in the postseason for the first time since the championship run in 2010.
The way the Blackhawks have dominated, anything less than a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals would be a disappointment for them.
They got off to a record start and captured the Presidents’ Trophy for finishing with more points than any other team.
Hossa scored off a feed from Jonathan Toews late in the first period. Marcus Kruger made it 2-0 with a wraparound early in the second, and Hossa chased the Wild’s Josh Harding when he knocked in a rebound minutes later.