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Rangers avert sweep with OT victory

NEW YORK — Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime as the Ran­gers stayed alive in the East semifinal with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Thursday.

New York, which erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, still trails the series 3-1 and must win at Boston on Saturday to return home for Game 6.

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 pass in front that Kreider skated into and tipped past goalie Tuukka Rask for his first goal of the playoffs.

Kreider, a star at Boston College who made his NHL debut during last season's playoffs, has six postseason goals in just 25 games.

"I was lucky enough to play with Rick," Kreider, 22, said. "Just trying to go hard to the net. He's such a talented player. He was able to find my tape, and I tried to put it on net."

Only three teams have lost a series after leading 3-0. But Boston is the most recent to do it, in 2010 against Philadelphia.

"It's a resilient group," Kreider said. "The tone of the dressing room was the same, positive and upbeat. We're excited to play more hockey."

The Rangers won without Brad Richards. The former Lightning star center, making $12 million this season, was a healthy scratch.

"I don't know if surprised is the right word for it," said Richards, who has one goal and no assists in 10 playoff games. "I'm disappointed."

Detroit puts top-seeded Chicago on the brink

DETROIT — Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves as the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 3-1 lead in the West semifinal.

Detroit needs one more win to eliminate the team that started 21-0-3 and recorded a league-high 77 points.

"They are getting frustrated," Howard said of the Blackhawks. "Our guys are doing a great job in front of the net."

After winning Game 1, the Blackhawks have their first three-game skid of the season. Said captain Jonathan Toews "We've got to find a way to force a Game 6."

Roy to coach Avs: Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy agreed to become Colorado's next coach. Roy also will be vice president of hockey operations and team with Joe Sakic, recently made executive vice president of hockey operations. The Avs won two Stanley Cups with the duo on the ice. Roy, 47, whose 551 wins trail only the Devils' Martin Brodeur (669) in NHL history, also won two Stanley Cups with the Canadiens as well as three Vezina Trophies. And his 151 playoff wins are an NHL record. He has spent the past eight seasons as coach and general manager of the junior Quebec Remparts.

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Bruins02103

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHamrlik, NYR (delay of game), 1:43; Bartkowski, Bos (slashing), 12:42.

Second Period1, Boston, Horton 5 (Krejci, Marchand), 4:39 (pp). 2, Boston, Krug 3 (Seguin, Horton), 7:41 (pp). 3, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 3 (Brassard, Hamrlik), 8:39. PenaltiesNewbury, NYR (goaltender interference), 3:09; Del Zotto, NYR (interference), 6:04; Jagr, Bos (holding), 13:28.

Third Period4, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 4, 1:15. 5, Boston, Seguin 1 (Hamilton, Chara), 8:06. 6, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 3 (Stepan, Brassard), 10:00 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonagh, NYR (goaltender interference), 6:04; Boston bench, served by Seguin (too many men), 8:55; Kelly, Bos (tripping), 12:00. First Overtime7, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 1 (Nash, McDonagh), 7:03. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 12-9-12-7—40. N.Y. Rangers 4-8-13-7—32. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 2 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 4. GoaliesBoston, Rask 7-4-0 (32 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 5-6-0 (40-37).

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Blackhawks0000

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKronwall, Det (hooking), 10:25.

Second Period1, Detroit, Kindl 1 (Colaiacovo, Franzen), 10:03 (pp). PenaltiesZetterberg, Det (hooking), 3:16; Toews, Chi (hooking), 5:20; Toews, Chi (high-sticking), 8:04; Toews, Chi (high-sticking), 10:54; Bickell, Chi, double minor (roughing), 15:17; Abdelkader, Det (slashing, roughing), 15:17.

Third Period2, Detroit, Cleary 3 (Filppula), 19:21 (en). PenaltiesKindl, Det (hooking), 15:15. Shots on GoalChicago 14-8-6—28. Detroit 10-12-5—27. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 3; Detroit 1 of 3. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 5-4-0 (26 shots-25 saves). Detroit, Howard 7-4-0 (28-28).

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