CHICAGO — Brent Seabrook sent a wrist shot past goalie Jimmy Howard’s glove 3:35 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday night.
The Blackhawks, who had the best record in the NHL regular season, rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to reach the Western Conference finals against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Seabrook picked up a loose puck and skated in on Howard through the middle of the ice, with Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall in front of him. His shot appeared to hit Kronwall’s leg before it sailed into the left side of the net for the Chicago defenseman’ first goal of the postseason.
The sellout crowd of 22,103 roared as Seabrook skated over to the boards and was mobbed by his teammates.
RANGERS: Fired combative coach John Tortorella on Wednesday, four days after New York was eliminated from the playoffs.
Tortorella was unexpectedly dismissed with one year left on his contract. He led the Rangers to the Eastern Conference finals last year and into the second round this year before New York was eliminated in five games by the Boston Bruins.
The fiery Tortorella, who was hired to replace Tom Renney in February 2009, achieved some success with the Rangers but couldn’t match the Stanley Cup title he earned in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather hopes to have one in place by June 30 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J.
PENGUINS: Jarome Iginla will get a chance to spend some time in Boston in pursuit of the Stanley Cup after all.
The longtime Calgary star waived his no-trade clause to join Pittsburgh in March, choosing the Penguins over the Bruins just before the deadline.
Now the Bruins stand in Pittsburgh’s way when the Eastern Conference finals begin on Saturday.
“I knew that there was a possibility this would be the case,” Iginla said.
The 35-year-old Iginla has fit in almost seamlessly in Pittsburgh, picking up 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 13 regular-season games despite being shuttled between the first and second lines while occasionally being moved away from his natural position at right wing.