The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 to tie their playoff series at two games apiece, and the three other National Hockey League postseason games last night all went to overtime.
The Boston Bruins came within one game of eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-3 win, Los Angeles also moved to the brink of advancing with a 3-2 win at St. Louis and Anaheim took a three-games-to-two lead in its best-of-seven series with a 3-2 home win against Detroit.
Tonight, the Ottawa Senators can eliminate the Montreal Canadiens with a victory, the New York Islanders seek to break a 2-2 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and a Chicago win against the Minnesota Wild would give the Blackhawks the series.
Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin gave New York a 2-0 lead before Mathieu Perreault and Troy Brouwer scored for Washington to tie it after the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Dan Girardi made it 3-2 for New York 59 seconds into the third period and Derek Stepan added a fourth goal for the home team five minutes later. Karl Alzner got the final goal for the Capitals.
“I think we’ve done better as the series has gone on,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “One thing I like about our team the past couple of games is that we certainly have bent at times but didn’t break.”
The Capitals, who have lost two in a row, host Game 5 tomorrow. All four games in the series so far have been won by the home team.
“I think our resiliency has really shown in these past two games and we are going to need that when we go to Washington,” Tortorella said. “They are going to surge there and we just need to find a way to keep our heads above water and find a way to win a game.”
David Krejci scored his third goal of the game -- a 34-foot wristshot -- 13 minutes, six seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead in their first-round series.
The Maple Leafs had a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Joffrey Lupul and Cody Franson at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Patrice Bergeron had Boston’s first goal in the second period followed by back-to-back scores by Krejci before Toronto’s Clarke MacArthur tied it for the Maple Leafs.
Boston hosts Game 5 tomorrow.
At Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Slava Voynov scored midway through overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 advantage in their Western Conference series, which moves to their home ice tomorrow.
The Kings’ Jeff Carter had two goals, while the Blues got goals from Alexander Steen and Alex Pietrangelo.
Nick Bonino’s 14-foot wristshot 1:54 into overtime gave the Ducks a 3-2 series advantage before moving to Detroit for Game 6 tomorrow.
The Red Wings got goals from Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson. Kyle Palmieri and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for Anaheim.