Rangers finally crack the Capitals’ code

Bruins pull ahead against Maple Leafs

Henrik Lundqvist found Karl Alzner’s shot through a crowd for one of his 28 saves, and the Rangers got back within a game of the Capitals with a 4-3 victory Monday. Enlarge photo

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Henrik Lundqvist found Karl Alzner’s shot through a crowd for one of his 28 saves, and the Rangers got back within a game of the Capitals with a 4-3 victory Monday.

NEW YORK

Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.

The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series. New York still trails 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series.

Stepan gave the Rangers the lead for good with 6:25 remaining when he deftly tipped in a pass in front from Rick Nash. Asham had put New York in front 3-2 at 2:53, but Jay Beagle got the Capitals even again 4:26 later.

Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who managed only one goal in the first two losses in Washington and hadn’t scored since the first period of Game 1 – a scoreless stretch of 124 minutes, 6 seconds.

Boston 5, Toronto 2

TORONTO – The Boston Bruins spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second period in a victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

The win came before 19,746 fans inside the Air Canada Centre. Outside, a blue-and-white throng watched on a big screen in Maple Leaf Square as playoff hockey returned to Toronto for the first time since 2004.

Detroit 3, Anaheim 2, OT

DETROIT – Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 left in overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a series-evening win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Pavel Datsyuk scored a second game-tying goal for the Red Wings with 6:33 left in regulation. Brendan Smith made it 1-1 early in the third.

Matt Beleskey gave the Ducks their first lead 5:07 into the game, and David Steckel put them ahead midway through the third period.

Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3

LOS ANGELES – Anze Kopitar tied it with 12:46 to play, Justin Williams tipped home the go-ahead goal 76 seconds later, and the Los Angeles Kings evened their first-round series with the St. Louis Blues.

Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions. They erased an early two-goal deficit and a third-period deficit to earn their ninth consecutive home victory since March 23.

Tuukka Rask stopped 45 shots to help Boston top Nazem Kadri and Toronto 5-2 for a 2-1 series lead. Enlarge photo

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Tuukka Rask stopped 45 shots to help Boston top Nazem Kadri and Toronto 5-2 for a 2-1 series lead.

Damian Brunner found a rebound on the doorstep in overtime and put it past Jonas Hiller for a 3-2 Detroit win that evened the series with Anaheim at two games apiece. Enlarge photo

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Damian Brunner found a rebound on the doorstep in overtime and put it past Jonas Hiller for a 3-2 Detroit win that evened the series with Anaheim at two games apiece.