NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -The New York Rangers rocked the New Jersey Devils' house like no team and rolled right into the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Rangers trailed for 18 seconds in the first period before scoring four straight times and holding on for a 5-3 victory Friday night that ended the best-of-seven series in five games.
New Jersey's John Madden was awarded a penalty shot with 7:08 left in the third period after Michal Rozsival dragged him down with a sweeping dive with his stick. Madden couldn't net the tying goal when his backhander at the right post was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist's pads.
Brandon Dubinsky sealed New York's second straight 5-3 win with an empty-net goal with 59.1 seconds left.
Never had a team won three road games against New Jersey in a playoff series, but the Rangers did it in the first season at the Devils' new arena, Prudential Center, affectionately known as ``The Rock.''
Ducks 5, Stars 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Sean O'Donnell each had a goal and an assist to trim the Stars' lead in the first-round series to 3-2.
Game 6 is Sunday in Dallas. A seventh game would be in Anaheim on Tuesday.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks, on the brink of going home for the season, scored three times in the third period to break open a tight, physical game.
After Mike Ribeiro pulled the Stars within 3-2 at 4:41 of the third, defenseman O'Donnell built the lead back to two when he scored at 12:05. Todd Marchant added an empty-net goal with 1:24 remaining.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 40 saves for Anaheim, and Marty Turco had 27 for Dallas.
Red Wings 2, Predators 1, OT
DETROIT (AP) - Johan Franzen scored 1:48 into overtime, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 lead in its first-round series.
Valtteri Filppula, who scored Detroit's first goal, poked the puck away and Franzen ended up with it and beat Dan Ellis with a backhander.
The NHL's best team this season was less than a minute from winning in regulation, but Nashville's Radek Bonk slipped through the defense to get off a one-timer that got past Chris Osgood.
Osgood turned away 20 of the 21 he faced in regulation and validated Detroit coach Mike Babcock's decision to start him over Dominik Hasek. Game 6 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Nashville.
Ellis kept the Predators in the game, making 52 saves before he was pulled for an extra skater.
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