Sabres, Rangers are tied

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NEW YORK - The pressure is back on the Presidents' Trophy winners.

Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan scored power-play goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series after four games.

The best-of-seven matchup now shifts back to Buffalo, where the Sabres - the NHL's best team in the regular season - took what seemed to be a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Now they will be feeling the heat from a nervous, title-starved town unwilling to accept anything less than the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

Game 5 is Friday night, with Game 6 back in New York on Sunday.

RETURNING RED WING: Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to return from an eye injury tonight for Game 4 of the Red Wings' second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.

Holmstrom has been out since April 22, when Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick in Detroit's series-winning victory over the Flames.

The left wing has missed the first three games against the Sharks.

CROSBY IS FINALIST: Sid the Kid has two more goalies to beat.

Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion from the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a finalist for league MVP in just his second season. After scoring 120 points, Crosby is one of three players vying for the Hart Trophy.

The other two nominees, announced by the NHL on Tuesday, are a pair of netminders, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo of Vancouver.

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