Cap­i­tals rally to stay alive

Chicago Sun-Times - - BY THE NUMBERS -

Alex Ovechkin scored his sec­ond goal of the game early in the third pe­riod, and the Cap­i­tals staved off elim­i­na­tion from the Stanley Cup play­offs by ral­ly­ing from an early two-goal deficit to de­feat the Is­lan­ders 3-2 in Toronto.

Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal and an as­sist for the Cap­i­tals, who still trail the se­ries 3-1. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Matthew Barzal scored for the Is­lan­ders, who will have an­other chance to wrap up the se­ries Thurs­day in Game 5.

♦ Carter Hart stopped 29 shots for his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout, Michael Raffl and Phil Myers scored and the Fly­ers blanked the Cana­di­ens 2-0 in Toronto to take a 3-1 lead in their se­ries. The Fly­ers will go for the clincher in Game 5 on Wed­nes­day.

Hart, who turned 22 last week, be­came the first goalie to notch back-to-back post­sea­son shutouts be­fore his 23rd birth­day since Felix Potvin did it for the Maple Leafs in 1994.

♦ John Kling­berg scored the tiebreak­ing goal 1:12 into the third pe­riod, An­ton Khu­dobin made 28 saves and the Stars edged the

Flames 2-1 in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, to grab a 3-2 lead in their se­ries. The Stars can wrap up the se­ries by win­ning Game 6 on Thurs­day.

♦ The Blues said wing Vladimir Tarasenko will miss the rest of the team’s se­ries against the Canucks in Ed­mon­ton after ag­gra­vat­ing his sur­gi­cally re­paired left shoul­der. The se­ries is tied 2-2.

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