Bruins, Predators even their NHL playoff series 1-1; Washington goes up 2-0

BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored and Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night, tying the first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

Two nights after Toronto beat Boston 4-1 in the opener to steal away home-ice advantage, the Bruins dominated their Atlantic Division rivals, taking a 3-0 lead with a 29-16 edge in shots on goal into the third period. Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen also scored for the Bruins.

Nazem Kadri scored the Leafs’ only goal midway through the third, and Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for Toronto.

Predators 2, Stars 1 (OT)

At Nashville, Tenn., Craig Smith scored five minutes into overtime as the Predators evened their first-round Western Conference series.

Smith scored his first this postseason from the inside edge of the left circle to snap a three-game playoff skid on home ice for Nashville.

Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves. The Predators had lost five of their last six postseason games in the place they call Smashville.

Jamie Benn scored for Dallas The Stars were outshot 43-23.

Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

At Washington, Brooks Orpik scored less than two minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and the defending Stanley Cup champions took a 2-0 lead in this first-round series.

The tone was set for a wacky afternoon when a rat fell out of the ceiling during the Hurricanes’ pregame soccer match. The weird vibes lasted long after the dead rat was removed — from a questionable ejection for a check to the head to a shot off one goalie’s mask and another that went in off the other goalie’s backside.

Ovechkin assisted on goals by Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson. In perhaps his final NHL postseason, Orpik scored 1:48 into the extra period of the Capitals’ first OT playoff game since eliminating Pittsburgh a year ago.

Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots, and T.J. Oshie also scored. Holtby allowed goals to Lucas Wallmark, Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal, the last on a Carolina power play with 5 minutes left in regulation.