Slava Voynov scored on an odd-man rush eight minutes into overtime as the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues, 3-2, Wednesday night in St. Louis to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first-round Western Conference series.
Alex Pietrangelo scored on a wrist shot from the point with 44.1 seconds left in regulation and goalie Brian Elliott off for an extra attacker, forcing overtime for the second time in the series.
Jeff Carter scored in the opening minute of the second and third periods and Jonathan Quick had another strong game in goal for the Kings, the first road team to win in the series.
Alex Steen’s third goal of the series tied it at 1-1 in the second period for St. Louis. Steen twice took the puck from defenseman Jake Muzzin on the play.
Pietrangelo got the puck at the point off a clean faceoff win by David Backes and slid into the middle before threading a shot past Quick after two teammates were unsuccessful at deflection attempts.
Carter’s power-play goal capitalized on a tripping penalty to Jackman at the end of the second period. Anze Kopitar got Elliott out of position on an odd-man rush before Carter converted a one-timer to put the Kings up 2-1.
It took the Kings just 14 seconds to take the lead in the second period when Carter tapped a rebound past Elliott. Carter, among the NHL leaders with 26 goals, had no points in the first three games.
The Blues’ No. 1 line was victimized again, with Patrik Berglund and David Perron on the ice for the fifth straight goal by the Kings.
Steen tied it a little over five minutes later. Steen knocked Muzzin’s clearing effort out of the air with his stick and won a battle for the puck behind the net before wheeling around and scoring on a high shot.
Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles.
Rangers 4, Capitals 3 — Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals as New York then held on to even its best-of-seven first-round Eastern Conference series at two games each with a victory over Washington at Madison Square Garden.
Brad Richards and Hagelin staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead, but Mathieu Perreault and Troy Brouwer tied it for Washington in the second period.
New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, selected a Vezina Trophy finalist earlier Wednesday, made 27 saves. Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots for Washington.
Game 5 will be in Washington Friday before the series returns to Madison Square Garden Sunday. The home team has won all four games so far.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 2 — Boston University product Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime on a dish from Ben Lovejoy as Anaheim moved one step closer to the second round with a victory over Detroit in Anaheim, Calif.
Bonino’s third goal of the series gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first-round Western Conference series. Game 6 is Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, where the Ducks will attempt to close out just their second playoff series victory since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.
Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Red Wings, who had two brief leads.
Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots in defeat.
Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 29 saves in Anaheim’s first win in three overtime games in the series.
Bonino has scored his first three career playoff goals in each of Anaheim’s three victories in this series. He ended up in front of an open net when Lovejoy made a move around Detroit’s Ben Lashoff and pushed the puck across the slot as Detroit’s defense concentrated on Teemu Selanne. Bonino didn’t miss.