Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the Rangers in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 Monday night at New York.
The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series. New York still trails, 2-1, in the Eastern Conference series, with Game 4 at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
Stepan gave the Rangers the lead for good with 6:25 remaining when he deftly tipped in a pass in front from Rick Nash. Asham had put New York in front, 3-2, at 2:53, but Jay Beagle got the Capitals even again 4:26 later.
Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who managed only one goal in the first two losses in Washington and hadn’t scored since the first period of Game 1 — a scoreless stretch of 124 minutes, 6 seconds. That streak was broken by Brian Boyle’s first-period goal that made it 1-1.
Until then, New York had been stymied by the Capitals and goalie Braden Holtby, who had yielded just one goal in two games. Holtby, who suggested he wasn’t tested much in Washington’s 1-0 overtime victory on Saturday, had plenty to deal with when the series shifted to Madison Square Garden.
After Nicklas Backstrom gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 4:06 in, Boyle tied it.
Kings 4, Blues 3 — Anze Kopitar tied it with 12:46 to play, Justin Williams tipped home the go-ahead goal 76 seconds later, and host Los Angeles evened its first-round series with St. Louis.
Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions. They erased an early two-goal deficit and a third-period deficit to earn their ninth consecutive home victory since March 23. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves.
T.J. Oshie scored his first two playoff goals for the Blues, who had the champs on the brink of serious trouble before Kopitar and Williams beat Brian Elliott, who stopped 25 shots.
Game 5 is Wednesday in St. Louis, with Game 6 back at Staples Center Friday.
Mike Richards had two assists for Los Angeles, which dropped the first two games of the series in St. Louis and barely survived for a 1-0 victory in Game 3.
Red Wings 3, Ducks 2 — Damien Brunner scored with 4:50 left in overtime, lifting host Detroit to a series-evening win over Anaheim.
Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl started the winning sequence, passing the puck from behind Detroit’s net up the ice to Joakim Andersson. He tried to connect with teammate Gustav Nyquist only to have Jonas Hiller poke the puck away.
Brunner, playing in his first NHL season, was in position in front of the net and swatted in the puck to end the game.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in Anaheim and Game 6 is back in the Motor City on Friday night.
During the Red Wings’ run of playing in 22 straight postseasons, they have won 11 of 19 series that were tied at 2-2.