Brad Marchand scored in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers in the first game of their National Hockey League playoff series.
In the Western Conference last night, Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis scored 22 seconds apart in the third period to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory and a two-games-to-none lead in their series against the San Jose Sharks.
In tonight’s game, the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins will try to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Ottawa Senators.
Zdeno Chara gave the Bruins the lead in the second period at TD Garden in Boston. Ryan McDonagh tied it two seconds before the end of the second period and Derek Stepan made it 2-1 for New York after 14 seconds of the third. Torey Krug tied it for Boston 2:41 later. Marchard got the winner with 4:20 remaining in overtime.
“We were down early in the third period, but found a way,” Marchand told NBC in a televised interview. “They play very hard, very physical, and we play the same way. We’re definitely in a clash here and it’ll be a long, hard series.”
It was the first playoff game between the teams to go to overtime since New York lost 4-3 to Boston on March 27, 1958. The Bruins and Rangers last met in the playoffs in 1973, when New York won the series 4-1 in games.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is scheduled for May 19 in Boston. The winner of the second-round series will face the Penguins or the Senators for a place in the Stanley Cup finals.
At the Staples Center, Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 1-0 lead in the first period and Drew Doughty added a goal in the second period before the game was tied 2-2 on goals by Patrick Marleau and Brad Stuart.
The Sharks had a 3-2 lead on Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s goal in the final period before Brown and Lewis got back-to-back power-play scores.
The Sharks, who host Game 3 tomorrow, are without forward Raffi Torres for the rest of the series for an illegal hit to the head of the Kings’ Jarret Stoll.
Stoll was knocked out of the opening game by Torres’s hit late in the second period in Los Angeles three days ago. Torres and Stoll were teammates on the 2006 Edmonton Oilers that lost in the Stanley Cup Final.