Senators thrash Canadiens to reach second round of NHL playoffs

MONTREAL — 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 Montreal Canadiens.

Ottawa put a punctuation mark on its dominance in moving on for the first time since 2007, when the Senators lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Anaheim Ducks.

The victory gives Ottawa time to rest up and heal bruises from the physical series before the conference semifinals begin next week.

PENGUINS 4, ISLANDERS 0

In Pittsburgh, Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years, and the Penguins took a 3-2 lead in their first-round 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.

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