Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the host New York Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Monday night.

The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series.

New York defenseman Marc Staal returned after being sidelined since early March when he was struck near the right eye by a puck.

New York still trails, two games to one, in the Eastern Conference series, with Game 4 Wednesday in New York.

Boston beats Leafs

The Boston Bruins spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second period in a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs.

The win came before 19,746 fans at the Air Canada Centre.

Outside, a blue-and-white throng watched on a big screen in Maple Leaf Square as playoff hockey returned to Toronto for the first time since 2004.

Dangerous 3-0 lead

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan sees no need to remind his team of the precariousness of a three-games-to-none series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs after the host Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, late Sunday night.

The Sharks nearly squandered that advantage the last time they held it, needing the full seven games to eliminate Detroit in the second round two years ago.

Top rookies

Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher, Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau and Chicago Blackhawks left winger Brandon Saad are the three finalists for the Calder Trophy, give to the NHL's top rookie. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.

- Associated Press