Daniel Paille snapped a tie with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins put the host New York Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.
Boston leads the best-of-seven series, three games to none, and can advance to the conference finals as early as Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Only three teams in NHL history have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance.
The Bruins trailed, 1-0, heading into the third, but defenseman Johnny Boychuk tied it at 3:10 of the period with his fourth of the playoffs.
For all that the San Jose Sharks accomplished with their overtime victory over Los Angeles in Game 3, they know it will mean very little if they don't back that win up with another at home against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings on Tuesday night.
"We haven't accomplished anything," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We didn't get our work done in LA, and that put us behind the eight ball. The fact that we win Game 3, that's great, but we still are behind in the series and the series is getting shorter."
The game between the Kings and the Sharks ended too late for this edition.
Avalanche fans are talking about the possibility of Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy becoming the next coach of the Colorado team.
Roy's younger brother, Stephane Roy, posted a Facebook note late Monday night saying his brother would be the new coach. Stephane Roy later told The Denver Post: "They're discussing the final details of an arrangement."
The organization remains silent on the report.
The Nashville Predators hired Phil Housley as an assistant coach to fill the spot left open by the firing of associate coach Peter Horachek after nine seasons with the franchise.