Detroit sends Jets to Phoenix

By The Associated Press
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 29, 1996

Detroit, Pittsburgh and New York won their NHL playoff series Sunday, capping a weekend that vaulted all eight teams into the second round.

The Red Wings beat Winnipeg - a franchise moving to Phoenix next year - 4-1, the Penguins downed Washington 3-2 and the Rangers stopped Montreal 5-3.

The Penguins and Rangers each won four-straight games, becoming the 10th and 11th teams in NHL history to lose the first two at home and go on to win a seven-game series.

The Red Wings will play St. Louis, and Colorado will face Chicago in the Western Conference. Pittsburgh will play New York, and Philadelphia will play Florida in the East.

The results featured a rarity in the NHL postseason - the first time since 1974 no Canadian team has advanced to the second round. Red Wings 4, Jets 1

At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vyacheslav Kozlov scored twice in the first period as Detroit built an early 3-0 lead over Winnipeg.

The Jets will play next season in Phoenix, where they will be known as the Coyotes.

Penguins 3, Capitals 2

At Landover, Md., the Penguins ousted Washington from the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

The Penguins built a 3-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes. Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis scored for the Penguins.

Rangers 5, Canadiens 3

At Montreal, the Rangers jumped to an early 4-0 lead and held off a spirited comeback by the Canadiens.

New York's Adam Graves, Alexei Kovalev and Jari Kurri scored in a 1:02 span in the opening period.