Capitals douse Rangers’ hopes

Associated Press / April 21, 2011

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Jason Chimera scored 12:36 into the second overtime, and the Washington Capitals completed a stunning three-goal comeback to beat the Rangers, 4-3, last night at Madison Square Garden to push New York to the brink of elimination.

The Rangers scored three times in the second period to take a 3-0 lead and seemed poised to head back to Washington all even in the series for Game 5 Saturday. But now the top-seeded Capitals, who are ahead 3-1, can advance to the second round with a win at home — the place in which they grabbed a 2-0 series lead.

Alexander Semin started Washington’s rally, and Marcus Johansson scored twice in the third to make it 3-3.

The Rangers built their big lead on a goal by Artem Anisimov and back-to-back tallies just seven seconds apart by Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. Henrik Lundqvist was the hard-luck loser after making 49 saves.

Red Wings 6, Coyotes 3 — Danny Cleary scored from a tough angle with just over 6 minutes left, helping Detroit sweep Phoenix out of the playoffs in Glendale, Ariz.

The sellout crowd at Arena got to see plenty of action, from a goal-trading first two periods to the deflating score from Cleary from behind the right post that somehow squeezed past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with 6:19 left.

Todd Bertuzzi sealed up the sweep less than 2 minutes later, knocking in a shot off the skate of Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko.

Penguins 3, Lightning 2 — James Neal scored 3:38 into the second overtime to give Pittsburgh a road win over Tampa Bay and a commanding 3-1 lead in its first-round series.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots — 12 of them in the extra periods — to help the Penguins push the Lightning to the brink in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup. Game 5 is Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Neal gathered a loose puck along the boards and sent the winning shot past goalie Dwayne Roloson, who had 50 saves for Tampa Bay.

Sabres 1, Flyers 0 — Ryan Miller made 32 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs and host Buffalo beat Philadelphia to even the first-round series, 2-2.

Jason Pominville’s goal at 9:38 of the first period stood up as the Sabres bounced back from two straight losses. For Miller, it was his third career shutout and second of the series after he stopped 35 shots in Buffalo’s 1-0 victory in Game 1.

Miller’s best stops came in the final nine minutes. First, there was a glove save in stopping Danny Briere, who was set up alone in front. A few minutes later, Miller reached back with his stick to prevent Mike Richards from slipping a shot into an open left side.

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was sharp, too, stopping 28 shots.

Flyers forward Jeff Carter missed the start of the second period after hurting his right knee. He collided with Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers with 2:20 left in the first period.

The Flyers called it a lower-body injury. Carter did not return.

Ducks 6, Predators 3 — Corey Perry’s shorthanded goal at 1:17 of the third period put Anaheim ahead to stay and the Ducks beat host Nashville to tie the first-round series, 2-2.

Game 5 is tomorrow night in Anaheim, with Ducks forward Bobby Ryan set to return from a two-game suspension.

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