Mike Ribeiro scored in overtime and the Washington Capitals took a three-games-to-two lead in their National Hockey League playoff series with a 2-1 victory against the visiting New York Rangers.
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Also last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 to stay alive in their series and the Detroit Red Wings topped the Ducks 4-3 in overtime to force a decisive Game 7 tomorrow in Anaheim.
The Capitals and Bruins can reach the Eastern Conference semifinals with Game 6 road wins tomorrow. Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins bring in a 3-2 series lead as they try to eliminate the host New York Islanders .
At the Verizon Center in Washington, Brian Boyle scored in the opening minute of the game for the Rangers and the Capitals’ Joel Ward tied it 1-1 on a power-play goal midway through the second period.
At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Drew Doughty scored in the first period and Dustin Penner added a goal in the second period for the Kings, who took their series four games to two. Chris Porter scored in the second period for the Blues.
The Toronto Maple Leafs won 2-1 at Boston to remain in their series, which the Bruins lead 3-2. Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur had goals for the Maple Leafs, while Zdeno Chara scored for Boston.
Henrik Zetterberg fired his second goal of the game, a 48-foot slapshot, with one minute, four seconds gone in overtime for the Red Wings, who had lost a two-goal advantage in the third period at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Pavel Datsyuk gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead in the first period and Kyle Palmieri tied the game at 1-1 in the second period.
Zetterberg and Daniel Cleary scored goals in the third period for a 3-1 lead before Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan tallied goals within less than a minute late in the game to force overtime.