David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13 minutes, 6 seconds of overtime on Wednesday, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 3-1 lead in their playoff series.
Krejci beat James Reimer with a shot from the faceoff circle after coming down the left wing.
The Bruins are 15-2 when leading a best-of-seven series 3-1, while Toronto are 2-12-1 in their past 15 games in Boston.
Joffrey Lupul, Cody Franson and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto. Patrice Bergeron added a goal for Boston, with captain Zdeno Chara collecting four assists.
RANGERS 4, CAPITALS 3
In New York, Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven series.
Girardi ripped a shot from above the left circle, off a feed from Derick Brassard, to give the Rangers the lead again 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.
Stepan made it 4-2 at 6:02, scoring into a wide-open net at the end of a give-and-go play in front with Carl Hagelin, who had a goal and two assists.
Game 5 is back in Washington today, before the series returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The hosts have won all four games in the first-round Eastern Conference matchup.
KINGS 3, BLUES 2, OT
In St Louis, Missouri, Slava Voynov scored on an odd-man rush eight minutes into overtime as the Los Angeles Kings beat the St Louis Blues for the third straight time.
The win put the defending Stanley Cup champions on the verge of surviving the first round, leading 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Los Angeles today.
Alex Pietrangelo scored on a wrist-shot from the point with 44.1 seconds remaining in regulation time, after goalie Brian Elliott was taken off for an extra attacker. That forced overtime for the second time in the series.
The Kings’ Justin Williams scored in the final minute of Game 1, also in St Louis.
Jeff Carter scored in the opening minute of the second and third periods for the Kings, who became the first road team to win in the series.
RED WINGS 3, DUCKS 2, OT
In Anaheim, California, Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime as the Ducks moved to the brink of the second round. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy took the puck behind the Detroit net and fed it in front for Bonino to score for the Ducks, who took a 3-2 series lead.
Game 6 is today at Joe Louis Arena, where the Ducks will attempt to close out just their second playoff series victory since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.
Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Red Wings, who had two brief leads. Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf tied it, Kyle Palmieri also scored and Jonas Hiller made 29 saves.