New York Rangers beat Washington to force Game 7

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New York Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against Washington's Joel Ward during the third period of the Rangers' 1-0 over the Capitals in Game 6.  KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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New York Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against Washington's Joel Ward during the third period of the Rangers' 1-0 over the Capitals in Game 6.

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots in earning his seventh NHL playoff shutout, and Derick Brassard scored a second-period goal for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday that forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.

Brassard handed Lundqvist the lead at 9:39 of the second period, with a goal that was originally credited to struggling forward Rick Nash.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner made it stand up, and helped send the series back to Washington for the deciding game Monday night.

The home team has won all six games in the series.

The game ended with a melee in the far left corner in the New York zone.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, BRUINS 1

In Toronto, captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals and the Maple Leafs edged the Bruins to send their playoff series back to Boston for Game 7 tonight.

Not only did the win keep the Leafs alive, it snapped a 54-year run of home playoff failures against the Bruins.

Toronto’s previous home playoff win against Boston was March 31, 1959, when the Leafs won 3-2 in overtime. Nine consecutive postseason home losses followed in the decades since.

Milan Lucic scored for Boston with 26 seconds left in the third.

The only time Toronto has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series was the 1942 Stanley Cup finals against the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs trailed 3-0 in that series before reeling off four consecutive wins.

LAWSUIT: The New York Times is reporting that Derek Boogaard’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the league.

In the lawsuit, the family says the NHL is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.

Boogaard was found dead of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol on May 13, 2011. He was 28. He was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that is caused by repeated blows to the head.


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