Chris Kreider (Boston College) scored the first two goals of the game, and Dan Boyle (Miami) notched the game-winner in the third period as the New York Rangers forced a deciding seventh game following a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The Rangers, who trailed the Eastern Conference semifinal series, three games to one, just last week, won their second straight contest, as Kreider notched his second and third goals in the last two outings. He connected on a backhander following a rush down the right wing in the first minute of play Sunday, then added his second score by putting home a loose puck in front with 0.2 seconds left on the clock before the first intermission. Boyle scored on a slapshot from the slot to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead in the final frame, before the host Capitals tallied back-to-back goals to get within a score.
New York, which rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to top Pittsburgh in the second round last season, has played an NHL record 12 consecutive one-goal playoff games dating back to last year’s Stanley Cup Final, including all 10 contests so far this spring. It eliminated Pittsburgh in five games in this year's first round.
Game Seven will be played Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. The victor will face the winner of the Tampa Bay-Montreal series for the Eastern Conference crown. Tampa Bay leads that Stanley Cup Playoff series, three games to two, with Game 6 slated for tomorrow night in Florida.