Kyle Turris got his first goal of the playoffs to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Rangers, while the Pittsburgh Penguins avoided elimination with a 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Rangers and Senators are tied at two games apiece in their best-of-seven National Hockey League first-round series and the Flyers hold a 3-1 lead against the Penguins.
In last night’s other game, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 to avoid elimination.
At Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead on power-play goals in the first period. Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar scored to tie it at 2-2 in the second period. Turris’s winning goal came two minutes, 42 seconds into overtime.
The Rangers host the Senators in Game 5 on April 21 at Madison Square Garden.
At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Staal had three goals and Evgeni Malkin scored two for the Penguins, who stopped the Flyers from advancing to the second round.
Claude Giroux gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 76 seconds into the contest before Malkin tied the game two minutes later. Matt Niskanen, Sidney Crosby and Staal added goals in the first period for Pittsburgh and Kimmo Timonen and Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers.
The Penguins dominated the remainder of the game with goals by Kris Letang, Steve Sullivan, Pascal Dupuis, Malkin and two more from Staal.
The Flyers can reach the second round with a win tomorrow in Pittsburgh.
At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kevin Bieksa and Henrik Sedin each scored their first goals of the playoffs for the Canucks, who stopped the Kings from sweeping the series. Alexander Edler also scored in the second period for the Canucks. Anze Kopitar got the Kings’ goal in the first period.
Los Angeles can advance to the second round with a win in Game 5 on April 22 in Vancouver.
In tonight’s games, the Florida Panthers are at the New Jersey Devils; the Boston Bruins travel to the Washington Capitals; the Phoenix Coyotes are at the Chicago Blackhawks, and the St. Louis Blues visit the San Jose Sharks.
The Panthers, Bruins, Coyotes and Blues all lead their series by two games to one.
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