In the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues topped the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series and the Detroit Red Wings evened their series at 1-1 with a 5-4 overtime victory at the Anaheim Ducks.
Tonight, the New York Islanders will try to tie their series 1-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins; the Senators will seek their second straight win against the Canadiens; the Chicago Blackhawks, with a 1-0 advantage, host the Minnesota Wild, and San Jose has a 1-0 lead at the Vancouver Canucks.
At the Verizon Center in Washington, New York’s Carl Hagelin scored in the first period.
Chimera did a sudden turn and fired his shot from 53 feet past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
“There was an unexpected pass, and I was a little slow to react,” Lundqvist said. “But definitely I have to stop that. A couple of minutes, a couple of big plays for them. It takes away the fire.”
The Capitals host Game 2 tomorrow.
Erik Karlsson put Ottawa ahead in the first period at Bell Centre in Montreal. Goals by Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher in the second made it 2-1 to the Canadiens.
The Senators restored their one-goal advantage in the third on goals by Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot one minute, 53 seconds apart, and Guillaume Latendresse made it 4-2 for Ottawa with 6:05 left in the game.
At Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Patrik Berglund of the Blues tied the game 1-1 at 3:44 of the third period and Barret Jackman knocked the winner into the net with 51 seconds left to play.
Dustin Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead on a power play midway through the first period.
The teams move their series to Los Angeles tomorrow for Game 3.
At Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the Red Wings blew a 4-1 lead in the third period.
Justin Abdelkader, Damien Brunner and Johan Franzen scored to give Detroit a 3-0 lead. Saku Koivu got a goal for the Ducks and Franzen scored again, 20 seconds into the third period.
Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Ryan then scored for the Ducks to tie it at 4-4.
Gustav Nyquist got the winning goal for the Red Wings on a power play 1:21 into overtime.
The series now moves to Detroit for Game 3 tomorrow.
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