L.A. Kings beat St. Louis Blues, take 3-2 series lead
Slava Voynov scored on an odd-man rush at 12 minutes of overtime and the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues for the third straight...
ST. LOUIS — Slava Voynov scored on an odd-man rush at 12 minutes of overtime and the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues for the third straight time, 3-2 Wednesday night.
The win put the defending Stanley Cup champions on the verge of surviving the first round, leading 3-2 heading to Game 6 in Los Angeles on Friday.
Alex Pietrangelo scored on a wrist shot from the point with 44.1 seconds remaining in regulation and Blues goalie Brian Elliott 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.
Bruins take 3-1 lead
TORONTO — David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime, 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. And Toronto is 2-12-1 in its 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.
Goalies Tuukka Rask and Reimer were both busy in an end-to-end overtime, with Toronto's Matt Frattin hitting Rask's goal post.
Rangers get even
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 at 2-2 in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.
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 will be back in Washington on Friday before the series returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The home team has won all four games in the first-round Eastern Conference matchup.
• Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta will have surgery on his torn left biceps, knocking him out of the rest of the playoffs.
Gionta was limited to 31 games in the 2011-12 season due to torn biceps. Ottawa leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with Game 5 on Thursday at Montreal.