NHL Wrap: Kings rally, top Blues in OT

NHL Wrap: Kings rally, top Blues in OT
May 9, 2013, 12:45 am
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The Kings celebrate after Slava Voynov scored 12 minutes into overtime to give Los Angeles a 3-2 win (AP).

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In the second half of a two-part examination of the Flyers' defense, Tim Panaccio takes a look at which players struggled in 2013 and which are poised to do well in 2014 (see story).

Also, ex-Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's best goaltender (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's NHL playoff action:

Kings top Blues in OT; take 3-2 series lead
ST. LOUIS -- Slava Voynov scored on an odd-man rush at 12 minutes of overtime and the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues for the third straight time, 3-2 Wednesday night.

The win put the defending Stanley Cup champions on the verge of surviving the first round, leading 3-2 heading to Game 6 in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Alex Pietrangelo scored on a wrist shot from the point with 44.1 seconds remaining in regulation and goalie Brian Elliott off for an extra attacker. That forced overtime for the second time in the series.

The Kings' Justin Williams scored in the final minute of Game 1, also in St. Louis.

Jeff Carter scored in the opening minute of the second and third periods for the Kings, who became the first road team to win in the series (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Bonino, Ducks beat Wings in OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the second round with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy took the puck behind the Detroit net and fed it in front. Bonino scored for the Ducks, who took a 3-2 series lead.

Game 6 is Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, where the Ducks will attempt to close out just their second playoff series victory since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.

Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Red Wings, who had two brief leads. Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf tied it, Kyle Palmieri also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 29 saves in Anaheim's first victory in three overtime games in the series (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Rangers hang on to beat Capitals
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, who had a goal and two assists.

Game 5 will be back in Washington on Friday before the series returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The home team has won all four games in the first-round Eastern Conference matchup (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Krejci lifts Bruins past Leafs
TORONTO -- David Krejci scored his third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime Wednesday, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Toronto 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.

Joffrey Lupul, Cody Franson and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto. Patrice Bergeron added a goal for Boston, with captain Zdeno Chara collecting four assists.

Goalies Tuukka Rask and Reimer were both busy in an end-to-end overtime, with Toronto's Matt Frattin hitting Rask's goalpost (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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