NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and two assists in the New York Rangers’ 5-2 win over Pittsburgh, helping the Blueshirts even the first-round series at a game apiece. The Rangers led 3-2 until Panarin and Vatrano scored 1:47 apart midway through the third period. Igor Shesterkin turned back 39 shots and looked no worse for wear after making 79 saves in a series-opening loss in triple overtime.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have evened their Stanley Cup first-round series by whipping the Washington Capitals, 5-1. The game was scoreless until Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov tallied 1:38 apart late in the opening period. Mason Marchment restored Florida’s two-goal lead, just 27 seconds after Nicklas Backstrom put the Caps on the board 2:44 into the second.
DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar beat third-string netminder Connor Ingram on Colorado’s 50th shot to give the Avalanche a 2-1 overtime win against the Nashville Predators. Before the goal, the rookie netminder hadn’t allowed a goal since Nathan MacKinnon beat him 5:25 into the game. Makar ended it at 8:31 of the extra session, giving the Avlanche a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup first-round series.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jake Oettinger made 29 saves in his first postseason shutout and second career playoff start, guiding the Dallas Stars past the Flames, 2-0 in Calgary. Oettinger stopped 23 shots over the last two periods, allowing the Stars to even the Stanley Cup first-round series at a game apiece. Joe Pavelski opened the scoring 7:47 into the first period and Michael Raffl secured the win with an empty-netter.