NHL's best team on brink of elimination

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Detroit's Jakub Kindl (right) defends against Chicago's Marcus Kruger during the first period. Kindl scored a goal in the second period of the Red Wings' 2-0 victory.  PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Detroit's Jakub Kindl (right) defends against Chicago's Marcus Kruger during the first period. Kindl scored a goal in the second period of the Red Wings' 2-0 victory.

DETROIT — Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period, Daniel Cleary had an empty-net goal and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, putting the NHL’s best team during the regular season on the brink of elimination.

After losing Game 1, the seventh-seeded Red Wings have surged into control of the second round series by handing Chicago its first three-game losing streak of the year.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago.

RANGERS 4, BRUINS 3 (OT)

In New York, Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory over Boston.

New York, which erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the critical Game 4 matchup in the Eastern Conference semifinals, still trails the series 3-1. The Rangers will need to win again on Saturday in Boston to force a Game 6 back in Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers, who were outshot 40-32, won a faceoff deep in their zone, and Nash rushed the puck up ice. He stopped above the right circle and fed a hard pass in front that Kreider skated into and tipped past goalie Tuukka Rask for his first goal of the playoffs.

Kreider has six career postseason goals

Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle scored tying goals in the third period for the Rangers, who even found success on the power play. Carl Hagelin netted New York’s first goal of the game in the second period. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves for the Rangers.

Boston got second-period goals from Nathan Horton and rising star Torey Krug to build an early lead. Tyler Seguin’s first of the playoffs put the Bruins back on top 3-2 in the third.


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