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 hadnt 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.