New York Rangers even series with Capitals

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NEW YORK — Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Girardi ripped a shot from above the left circle, off a feed from Derick Brassard, to give the Rangers the lead again with a power-play goal 59 seconds into the third. The advantage was created by Jason Chimera’s interference penalty at the end of the second.

Stepan made it 4-2 at 6:02, scoring into a wide-open net at the end of a give-and-go play in front with Carl Hagelin.

Game 5 will be back in Washington on Friday.

BRUINS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (OT)

In Toronto, David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime, giving Boston a win over the Maple Leafs and a 3-1 lead in their playoff series.

Krejci beat James Reimer with a shot from the faceoff circle after coming down the left wing.

The Bruins are 15-2 when leading a best-of-seven series 3-1. And Toronto is 2-12-1 in its last 15 games in Boston.

Patrice Bergeron added a goal for Boston, with captain Zdeno Chara collecting four assists.

Toronto got goals from Joffrey Lupul, Cody Franson and Clarke MacArthur.

Goalies Tuukka Rask and Reimer were both busy in an end-to-end overtime, with Toronto’s Matt Frattin hitting Rask’s goalpost.


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