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 playoff series at two games apiece with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
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 minutes, 2 seconds, scoring into a wide-open net at the end of a give-and-go play in front with Carl Hagelin.
Bruins win in OT
David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto and a three-games-to-one lead in their playoff series.
Patrice Bergeron added a goal for Boston, with captain Zdeno Chara collecting four assists.
Joffrey Lupul, Cody Franson, and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto.
Goalies Tuukka Rask and James Reimer were both busy in an end-to-end overtime, with Toronto's Matt Frattin hitting Rask's goalpost.
Pens bench Fleury
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma insists that he still believes in Marc-Andre Fleury, that the issues for the reeling Penguins go far beyond the struggles of their Stanley Cup-winning goaltender.
Still, Tomas Vokoun will get the start in net for the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday, a move necessitated by three straight shaky performances by Fleury and Vokoun's eye-popping numbers against the Islanders this season.
- Associated Press