Brandon Dubinsky’s goal with 1:39 remaining snapped a tie, and the Rangers’ struggling offense woke up enough to beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, yesterday at Madison Square Garden and get New York back in the first-round series.
After the Rangers managed only one goal in two losses at Washington, Dubinsky, Vinny Prospal, and Erik Christensen figured out Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth to help New York cut the series deficit to 2-1.
Henrik Lundqvist was sharp again, and made 24 saves for the win. New York got 35 shots through on Neuvirth after a combined 47 in the opening two games — 2-1 and 2-0 losses.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, 1-4 in series in which they lead, 2-0. The Rangers have erased only one such deficit to advance.
Dubinsky popped up a shot off Neuvirth, and the puck found its way in while the teams were playing four on four. Washington had erased a 2-1 deficit with 5:12 remaining when Mike Knuble scored a power-play goal.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2 — Mikael Samuelsson scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Roberto Luongo made 30 saves, and visiting Vancouver moved within a victory of sweeping defending Cup champion Chicago.
The Canucks can finish the four-game series off tomorrow night at the United Center.
Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin also scored for the Canucks, eliminated by the Blackhawks in the first round the previous two seasons.
Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp had power-play goals for the Blackhawks, but it was a night of missed chances for Chicago. The Blackhawks had seven power-play opportunities, including a five-on-three in the first period when they led, 1-0, but were turned away by Luongo and the Canucks’ penalty kill.
Predators 4, Ducks 3 — Mike Fisher broke a tie at 10:21 of the third period, and Nashville took advantage of Bobby Ryan sitting out the first of his two-game suspension by beating visiting Anaheim for a 2-1 lead in the series.