NEW YORK — After nearly two full games without a goal, the Rangers were hardly expected to net four against Braden Holtby and the Capitals. They did, and it almost wasn't enough.
Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored in the third period for New York, which held on through a late shorthanded dilemma and beat Washington 4-3 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 matchup.
"It's a good group of guys," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "It's just trying to get momentum on your side and finding a way to win the hockey game. We got it done."
Holtby's shutout streak reached 124 minutes, 6 seconds before center Brian Boyle's goal 12:50 into the first made it 1-1.
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal played 17:17 in his first game since he was struck near his right eye by a deflected puck on March 5.
Bruins kill Toronto's buzz: The Bruins spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second in a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille (shorthanded) scored 2:02 apart in the second for a 4-1 lead.
The win came before 19,746 inside the Air Canada Centre. Outside, a blue-and-white throng watched on a big screen in Maple Leaf Square for the city's first postseason game since 2004.
Wings even series in OT: Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 left in overtime, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 series-evening win over Anaheim.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl started the winning sequence, passing the puck from behind Detroit's net to Joakim Andersson. He tried to hit teammate Gustav Nyquist only to have goalie Jonas Hiller poke the puck away.
Brunner, a rookie, was in perfect position in front of the net.
Late Sunday: San Jose took a 3-0 series lead on Vancouver with a 5-2 win in which the Sharks chased Canucks starting goalie Cory Schneider. The Sharks tied a franchise record with three power-play goals. Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa slammed Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton, saying they have shown a "lack of integrity" for what he says are embellished injuries to draw penalties. "Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity," Bieksa said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Calder finalists: Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher, Florida center Jonathan Huberdeau and Chicago left wing Brandon Saad are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.
More outdoors: The league said the Kings will host the Ducks in an outdoor game Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium. An NHL outdoor game has also never been held so far south or in California.
First—1, Washington, Backstrom 1 (Carlson, Erskine), 4:06. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 1 (Brassard, Del Zotto), 12:50. Penalties—Ovechkin, Was (roughing), 1:03; Callahan, NYR (roughing), 5:26; Ward, Was (high-sticking), 10:50; Washington bench, served by Perreault (too many men), 14:08.
Second—3, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 1 (Zuccarello, Boyle), 1:23 (pp). 4, Washington, Green 2 (Perreault, Chimera), 17:19. Penalties—Holtby, Was, served by Ovechkin (tripping), 1:15; Beagle, Was (hooking), 2:57; Oleksy, Was (elbowing), 6:32; Callahan, NYR (interference), 13:47.
Third—5, N.Y. Rangers, Asham 1 (Brassard, Pyatt), 2:53. 6, Washington, Beagle 1 (Hillen, Ward), 7:19. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 1 (Nash, Zuccarello), 13:35. Penalties—Richards, NYR (slashing), 18:06. Shots—Washington 10-11-10—31. N.Y. Rangers 14-8-8—30. Power plays—Washington 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 6. Goalies—Washington, Holtby 2-1-0 (30 shots-26 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 1-2-0 (31-28). A—17,200 (17,200). T—2:29.
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First—1, Boston, McQuaid 1 (Lucic, Krejci), 13:42. Penalties—Jagr, Bos (tripping), 17:42.
Second—2, Boston, Peverley 1 (Jagr), 5:57. 3, Toronto, Gardiner 1, 13:45 (pp). 4, Boston, Horton 3 (Lucic, Krejci), 14:35. 5, Boston, Paille 1, 16:37 (sh). Penalties—O'Byrne, Tor (interference), 2:17; Krejci, Bos (slashing), 7:04; Bozak, Tor (hooking), 7:45; Lucic, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:28; Lupul, Tor (hooking), 10:28; Seguin, Bos (tripping), 11:58; Boston bench, served by Seguin (too many men), 15:24; Kadri, Tor (boarding), 18:04; Lucic, Bos (hooking), 19:27.
Third—6, Toronto, Kessel 2 (van Riemsdyk, Franson), :47 (pp). 7, Boston, Krejci 2 (Horton, Lucic), 18:43 (en). Penalties—Marchand, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:58; Kessel, Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:58. Shots—Boston 17-15-6—38. Toronto 13-16-18—47. Power plays—Boston 0 of 3; Toronto 2 of 5. Goalies—Boston, Rask 2-1-0 (47 shots-45 saves). Toronto, Reimer 1-2-0 (37-33). A—19,746 (18,819). T—2:41.
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First—1, Anaheim, Beleskey 2 (Cogliano), 5:07. Penalties—Franzen, Det (interference), 19:26.
Second—None. Penalties—Bertuzzi, Det (boarding), 5:49.
Third—2, Detroit, Smith 1 (Cleary, Andersson), 1:18. 3, Anaheim, Steckel 1 (Palmieri, Etem), 10:40. 4, Detroit, Datsyuk 1 (Smith, Quincey), 13:27. Penalties—Beauchemin, Ana (tripping), 4:16. First Overtime—5, Detroit, Brunner 2 (Nyquist, Andersson), 15:10. Penalties—Andersson, Det (high-sticking), 1:05. Shots—Anaheim 8-7-9-9—33. Detroit 13-14-14-8—49. Power plays—Anaheim 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 1. Goalies—Anaheim, Hiller 2-2-0 (49 shots-46 saves). Detroit, Howard 2-2-0 (33-31). A—20,066 (20,066). T—3:06.
Lightning D Gudas signs for three years
Defenseman Radko Gudas on Monday signed a three-year, one-way deal with the Lightning.
The $2.975 million package pays $575,000 next season, $1 million in 2014-15, and $1.4 million in 2015-16. He was to be a restricted free agent.
"We're extremely happy to have Radko signed for another three years," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "He played well in his first NHL season, and we look forward to him playing an important role on our defense in the coming years."
Gudas, 22, started the season with AHL Syracuse, but quickly found a niche after his March 11 call-up. He had two goals, five points and 38 penalty minutes in 22 games with an average 16:59 of ice time.
He was plus-3 and his 87 hits were third on the team, just four behind fellow defenseman Keith Aulie who played 45 games.
Gudas, 6 feet, 204 pounds, is back with Syracuse for its playoffs. In 57 regular-season games with the Crunch, he had four goals, 20 points, 207 penalty minutes and was a league-best plus-32.
Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.
Penguins 2, Islanders 1
Game 1: Penguins 5, Islanders 0
Game 2: Islanders 4, Penguins 3
Game 3: Penguins 5, Islanders 4 OT
Tonight: at New York, 7, NBCSN
Thursday: at Pittsburgh, 7, TBD
Saturday: at New York, TBD, TBD*
Sunday: at Pittsburgh, TBD, TBD*
Senators 2, Canadiens 1
Game 1: Senators 4, Canadiens 2
Game 2: Canadiens 3, Senators 1
Game 3: Senators 6, Canadiens 1
Tonight: at Ottawa, 7, CNBC
Thursday: at Montreal, 7, CNBC
Saturday: at Ottawa, TBD, TBD*
Sunday: at Montreal, TBD, TBD*
Capitals 2, Rangers 1
Game 1: Capitals 3, Rangers 1
Game 2: Capitals 1, Rangers 0 OT
Monday: Rangers 4, Capitals 3
Wednesday: at New York, 7:30, NBCSN
Friday: at Washington, 7:30, TBD
Sunday: at New York, TBD, TBD*
May 13: at Washington, TBD, TBD*
Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1
Game 1: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1
Game 2: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2
Monday: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 2
Wednesday: at Toronto, 7, NHL
Friday: at Boston, 7, TBD
Sunday: at Toronto, TBD, TBD*
May 13: at Boston, TBD, TBD*
Blackhawks 2, Wild 1
Game 1: Blackhawks 2, Wild 1 OT
Game 2: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2
Game 3: Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 OT
Tonight: at Minnesota, 9:30, NBCSN
Thursday: at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Saturday: at Minnesota, TBD, TBD*
May 12: at Chicago, TBD, TBD*
Ducks 2, Red Wings 2
Game 1: Ducks 3, Red Wings 1
Game 2: Red Wings 5, Ducks 4 OT
Game 3: Ducks 4, Red Wings 0
Monday: Red Wings 3, Ducks 2 OT
Wednesday: at Anaheim, 10, NBCSN
Friday: at Detroit, TBD, TBD
Sunday: at Anaheim, TBD, TBD*
Sharks 3, Canucks 0
Game 1: Sharks 3, Canucks 1
Game 2: Sharks 3, Canucks 2 OT
Game 3: Sharks 5, Canucks 2
Tonight: at San Jose, 10, CNBC
Thursday: at Vancouver, 10, TBD*
Saturday: at San Jose, TBD, TBD*
May 13: at Vancouver, TBD, TBD*
Blues 2, Kings 1
Game 1: Blues 2, Kings 1 OT
Game 2: Blues 2, Kings 1
Game 3: Kings 1, Blues 0
Monday: at Los Angeles, late
Wednesday: at St. Louis, 9, CNBC
Friday: at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD*
May 13: at St. Louis, TBD, TBD*
* If necessary