Blackhawks eliminate Penguins' playoff chances

Pittsburgh (AP)— On Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 with goals from Buddy Robinson and Andres Athanasiou.

Pittsburgh needed wins over Chicago and Columbus to extend its postseason streak to 17 years.

Instead, Petr Mrazek made 38 saves, Robinson scored just his fourth goal of his nomadic career to give Chicago a late lead, and Pittsburgh sits on the outside of the playoffs with one game left.

After Buffalo and Pittsburgh lost, the Florida Panthers clinched one of the two Eastern Conference wild-card positions. 

The Islanders can eliminate the Penguins with a win or overtime loss against Montreal on Wednesday.

Evgeni Malkin's 27th goal of the season 5:28 into the third period knotted the game and shifted momentum toward the Penguins.

Instead, the Blackhawks, competing for the NHL draft letter and Connor Bedard, surged ahead for their second win in 13 games.

Pittsburgh dominated for long stretches, but Murphy's one-timer from the point beat Jarry's left pad 8:04 into the second to give the Blackhawks the lead.

The Penguins increased the pressure, and Malkin finally broke through early in the third period with a gorgeous redirect off a pass by Rickard Rakell that tied the game and prompted an impassioned shout from the Russian star.