Bruins beat Rangers, take 2-0 series lead
Johnny Boychuk broke a tie midway through the second period, and the Boston Bruins scored two goals in the third to beat the New York Rangers...
BOSTON — Johnny Boychuk broke a tie midway through the second period, and the Boston Bruins scored two goals in the third to beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Sunday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Boychuk put a 40-foot shot from the right inside the near post for his third playoff goal to make it 3-2 at 12:08. Brad Marchand, whose overtime goal won the opener, and Milan Lucic stretched the Bruins' lead in the final period.
Boston never trailed as rookie Torey Krug scored the first goal before Ryan Callahan tied it. Gregory Campbell made it 2-1, and New York pulled even again on Rick Nash's goal.
Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played in New York on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, last year's Vezina Trophy winner, had his second straight tough game after posting consecutive shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of the first round against the Capitals when the Rangers faced elimination.
Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for Boston.
At Senators 2,
Penguins 1 (2OT)
Colin Greening scored 7:39 into double overtime as Ottawa rallied to beat Pittsburgh and cut its series deficit to 2-1.
Daniel Alfredsson got Ottawa even 1-1 by scoring a short-handed goal with 29 seconds left in regulation just after the Senators pulled goalie Craig Anderson for an extra skater.
Anderson made 49 saves, including 18 after regulation. Tomas Vokoun stopped 46 shots for Pittsburgh and took his first loss since taking over for No. 1 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series will be in Ottawa on Wednesday.
Tyler Kennedy scored with one minute to play in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.