WASHINGTON - Chris Kreider scored in the first minute and final second of the opening period, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the New York Rangers held on to edge the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday night and force a Game 7 in the second-round playoff series.
New York led 2-0, then 4-1 with less than 12 1/2 minutes left in regulation. But Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov and Joel Ward put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist less than 3 minutes apart to make it a one-goal game with nearly half a period to go.
But Lundqvist was solid the rest of the way, stopping Washington's last four shots ? including Alex Ovechkin on a 1-on-1 ? to finish with 42 saves.
Game 7 is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.