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Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
David Krejci completed his second career playoff hat trick 13:06 into overtime as visiting Boston seized a 3-1 advantage against Toronto in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Krejci skated in with Milan Lucic on a 2-on-1 rush and found a hole between James Reimer's torso and right arm as the puck trickled into the net.
Krejci scored twice in regulation and Patrice Bergeron snapped a 12-game goalless drought for the fourth-seeded Bruins, who have a chance to end the series on Friday when they host Game Five. Tuukka Rask stopped 45 shots and captain Zdeno Chara added four assists.
Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist, Clarke MacArthur recorded his first career playoff tally and defenseman Cody Franson also scored for the fifth-seeded Maple Leafs. Reimer made 41 saves.
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Rangers 4, Capitals 3
Defenseman Dan Girardi scored a power-play goal to snap a tie 59 seconds into the third period as sixth-seeded New York evened its Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece with visiting Washington.
Carl Hagelin collected a goal and two assists, Derek Stepan scored and Brad Richards tallied to end a nine-game postseason goalless streak.
Braden Holtby overcame a disastrous miscue that led to the opening goal and finished with 30 saves for the third-seeded Capitals, who host Game Five on Friday.
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Kings 3, Blues 2 (OT)
Defenseman Slava Voynov scored eight minutes into overtime as visiting Los Angeles claimed a 3-2 lead in its Western Conference first-round series against fourth-seeded St Louis.
Jeff Carter scored twice, Mike Richards recorded two assists for the second straight game and Jonathan Quick made 34 saves for the fifth-seeded Kings, who host Game Six on Friday with the chance to close out the series.
The reigning Stanley Cup champions ended their eight-game road winless streak, posting their first victory away from home since March 31 at Dallas.
Alex Steen and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tallied while Elliott turned aside 22 shots for St Louis, which had its eight-game home winning streak snapped.
Los Angeles held a 2-1 lead in the third but Pietrangelo beat a screened Quick with 44.1 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
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Ducks 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)
Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime as host Anaheim seized a 3-2 lead in its Western Conference first-round series with seventh-seeded Detroit.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf matched Bonino with his third goal of the series, tying the game at 2-2 late in the second period, and Kyle Palmieri also tallied.
Jonas Hiller turned aside 29 shots for the second-seeded Ducks, who will look to wrap up the series at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.
Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson scored his 23rd career postseason goal and Johan Franzen tallied for the third time in the series.
Captain Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair of assists and Jimmy Howard finished with 31 saves for the Red Wings, who recorded a 5-4 overtime victory in Game Two and a 3-2 triumph in the extra session in Game Four. (Editing by John O'Brien)