NEW YORK (AP) -Tom Poti had a goal and two assists and the Washington Capitals won 5-3 Sunday in Game 6 against the New York Rangers, who were playing without suspended coach John Tortorella.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist didn't make it to the third period for the second straight game, and Poti torched his former team as the Capitals tied the first-round playoff series and set up a decisive Game 7 on Tuesday night in Washington.
The Capitals had trailed the series 3-1 before a pair of routs.
Tortorella served a one-game suspension following a confrontation with a fan Friday during New York's 4-0 loss in Game 5 that sent the series back to Madison Square Garden. Tortorella squirted water into the crowd and threw a water bottle over the glass and into the stands.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eric Staal scored two goals less than 3 minutes apart, Cam Ward made 28 saves in his third career playoff shutout to help Carolina force Game 7.
Ray Whitney had a goal and three assists, Jussi Jokinen scored Carolina's first power-play goal since Game 2, Chad LaRose had two assists and Staal added an assist for the Hurricanes.
They outshot New Jersey 37-28 while their reconfigured top line produced the first three goals, and that helped lead to the most lopsided final score of the NHL's tightest first-round pairing.
The best-of-seven series is even at three games apiece, with the winner-take-all Game 7 set for Tuesday night in New Jersey.