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Rangers even up series with Caps

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Bruins 0 3 0 1 4
at Maple Leafs 2 1 0 0 3
Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the Rangers, who squandered a 2-0 lead and then held on to get a 4-3 victory over the Capitals and even their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at two games each Wednesday.

Girardi ripped a shot from above the left circle, off a feed from Derick Brassard, to give the Rangers the lead again at 3-2 with a power-play goal 59 seconds into the third. The advantage was created by Jason Chimera's interference penalty at the end of the second.

Rangers coach John Tortorella, whose team had trailed in the series 2-0, said its struggling power play was discussed during intermission.

"It was a really good power play," Girardi said. " 'Brass made a heck of a play to get (the puck) to the middle of the ice. I knew I was going to shoot far side. It just happened to go in."

Stepan made it 4-2 at 6:02, scoring into a wide-open net at the end of a give-and-go play with Carl Hagelin, who had a goal and two assists.

"(The Rangers) played really well these last two games," said Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who stopped 30 shots, "and there is some stuff we need to work on."

Bruins go up 3-1 on Leafs with OT win

TORONTO — David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime, giving the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs and a 3-1 lead in their East quarterfinal.

Krejci beat James Reimer with a shot from the faceoff circle after coming down the left wing.

Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf took himself and two teammates out of the play in the Boston zone by going for a big hit on the Bruins' Nathan Horton.

"I made a bad play, and it cost us the game," Phaneuf said.

The Leafs used their speed to great effect and led 2-0 after the first period, only to see the Bruins take a 3-2 lead in the second. Toronto tied it at 3 with 2:37 left in the period on a goal by Clarke MacArthur.

With 12 minutes left in regulation, Toronto defenseman Mark Fraser, who does not wear a visor, took a shot to the face and headed to the dressing room, leaving a pool of blood on the ice. He went to a hospital for a CT scan, coach Randy Carlyle said.

Sharks first to move on: A year after being among the main perpetrators of another playoff failure in San Jose, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski are leading the Sharks back to the West semifinals.

Marleau scored the series clincher in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks, giving him one goal in all four games of the West quarterfinal sweep. Pavelski scored the tying goal on a power play with 4:27 left in regulation. That gave him his second straight two-goal game.

It's a far cry from a year ago, when both players failed to record a point in a five-game first-round loss to the Blues that ended a run of two straight trips to the West final.

"Everybody is doing the little things it takes to win," Marleau said. "That's the main thing."

Pens bench Fleury: Struggling Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will sit for tonight's Game 5 against the Islanders while veteran Tomas Vokoun gets the start.

"We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us," coach Dan Bylsma said.

The series is tied at 2.

Vokoun, 36, was acquired from the Capitals in a June trade and went 13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and three shutouts in the regular season, including a 3-0 record against the Islanders with one shutout. Vokoun's playoff record is 3-8, though those appearances came with overmatched Nashville teams in 2004 and '07.

Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft, has started every postseason game the Penguins have played since 2007 and won the Stanley Cup in 2009. Since shutting out the Lightning in Game 1 of the teams' 2011 East quarterfinal, Fleury is 6-10 with a 3.68 GAA and a .864 save percentage in the playoffs.

Canadiens lose captain: Montreal forward Brian Gionta will have surgery on his torn left biceps, knocking the team's captain out of the rest of the playoffs. Goaltender Carey Price, who sat out overtime of the Game 4 loss to the Senators on Tuesday, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Canadiens did have good news. Center Lars Eller resumed skating. He was taken from the ice on a stretcher in Game 1 with a concussion and facial injuries after an open-ice hit by Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba, who was suspended two games.

Wild goalie questions: It wasn't clear who would start in goal for Minnesota tonight in Game 5 against the Blackhawks, who can clinch the West series with a win. Niklas Backstrom was injured warming up before Game 1, thrusting Josh Harding into the lineup. Harding was hurt in a crease collision late in the first period of Game 4 on Tuesday, and backup Darcy Kuem­per finished the game.

Vezina finalists: The Sharks' Antti Niemi, the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and the Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goalie as voted by the 30 general managers. This is the first time all three finalists are European. Bobrovsky would be the second goalie to win whose team didn't make the playoffs (Roy Worters, New York Americans, 1930-31).

at Rangers 1 1 2 4
Capitals 0 2 1 3

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 1 (Hagelin, Pyatt), 16:25. PenaltiesDorsett, NYR (tripping), 6:34; Del Zotto, NYR (tripping), 16:49; Erat, Was (hooking), 18:26; Ovechkin, Was (charging), 18:26.

Second Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 2 (Brassard, Clowe), 10:13. 3, Washington, Perreault 1 (Ward, Chimera), 13:08. 4, Washington, Brouwer 1 (Green), 19:42. PenaltiesErskine, Was (roughing), 5:27; Chimera, Was (interference), 20:00.

Third Period5, N.Y. Rangers, Girardi 1 (Brassard, Zuccarello), :59 (pp). 6, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 2 (Hagelin, Callahan), 6:02. 7, Washington, Alzner 1 (Ward, Perreault), 7:31. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWashington 6-9-15—30. N.Y. Rangers 13-13-8—34. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 2; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 4. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 2-2-0 (34 shots-30 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 2-2-0 (30-27).

Bruins 0 3 0 1 4
at Maple Leafs 2 1 0 0 3

First Period1, Toronto, Lupul 3 (Kessel, Gardiner), 2:35. 2, Toronto, Franson 1 (Fraser, Lupul), 18:32. PenaltiesPhaneuf, Tor (tripping), 12:43; Komarov, Tor (charging), 19:10.

Second Period3, Boston, Bergeron 1 (Chara, Jagr), :32 (pp). 4, Boston, Krejci 3 (Marchand, Chara), 12:59. 5, Boston, Krejci 4 (Horton, Chara), 16:39 (pp). 6, Toronto, MacArthur 1 (Frattin, Gardiner), 17:23. PenaltiesCampbell, Bos (hooking), 8:57; Orr, Tor (elbowing), 15:41; Krejci, Bos (roughing), 18:12; Campbell, Bos (slashing), 19:19.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesKadri, Tor, double minor (high-sticking), :58; Chara, Bos (high-sticking), 13:27. First Overtime7, Boston, Krejci 5 (Horton, Chara), 13:06. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 15-14-7-9—45. Toronto 8-15-14-11—48. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 2 of 5; Toronto 0 of 4. GoaliesBoston, Rask 3-1-0 (48 shots-45 saves). Toronto, Reimer 1-3-0 (45-41).

Rangers even up series with Caps 05/08/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 1:03am]

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