NHL roundup: Rangers stay alive with victory
NEW YORK — Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
New York, which erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the critical Game 4 matchup in the Eastern Conference semifinals, still trails the series, 3-1. The Rangers need to win again Saturday in Boston to force a Game 6 back in Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers, who were outshot, 40-32, won a faceoff deep in their zone, and Nash rushed the puck up ice.
He stopped above the right circle and fed a hard pass in front that Kreider skated into and tipped past goalie Tuukka Rask for his first goal of the playoffs.
Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle scored tying goals in the third period for the Rangers, who even found success on the power play. Carl Hagelin netted New York's first goal of the game in the second period.
Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves.
Boston got second-period goals from Nathan Horton and rising star Torey Krug to build an early lead. Tyler Seguin's first of the playoffs put the Bruins back on top, 3-2, in the third.
Only three teams have lost a series after leading 3-0, but the Bruins are the most recent to do it in 2010 against Philadelphia. One more win will put Boston back into the conference finals for the second time in three years.
New York coach John Tortorella made desperate moves with his lineup, hoping to find some chemistry to spark his club. Tortorella benched star center Brad Richards, who had just one goal in the playoffs, and rugged forward Arron Asham in favor of seldom-used Kris Newbury and Micheal Haley.
“By no means is this a situation where I take him out and I'm blaming him,” Tortorella said of Richards. “I need to make decisions about what I feel is right for our team to win tonight's game, and that's why I made that decision.”
Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 0 — In Detroit, Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period, Daniel Cleary had an empty-net goal and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to help the Red Wings hold on and put the NHL's best team during the regular season on the brink of elimination.
After losing Game 1, the Red Wings have surged into control of the second round series by handing Chicago its first three-game losing streak of the year.
Kings 3, Sharks 0 — In Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and Los Angeles moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.
Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov scored, and Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal as the defending Stanley Cup champions won their 13th consecutive home game in dominant fashion.