Alexandre Giroux scored two goals, including the game-tying tally early in the third period, but the Rangers' AHL affiiate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, fell short in its comeback bid on Saturday night, losing to Portland 4-3 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
The Pirates' Bruno St. Jacques netted the game-winner at 2:54 of overtime, as Portland took a 2-1 lead in the AHL's Atlantic Division championship series. St. Jacques' winner came on a shot through traffic in front of Hartford goaltender Chris Holt
Two of the three games have been decided in OT.
All three Hartford goals were scored on power plays, with Giroux finding the next late in the first period to make it 1-1 and again in the third to make it 3-3 with Portland's Ladislav Smid off for holding. The Wolf Pack had held a lead for just under one minute of the middle period, following Daniel Girardi's goal at 6:32. Girardi, a member of the AHL All-Rookie team, had a hand in all three Hartford scores with a goal and two assists.
Curtis Glencross, Kent Huskins and Ryan Shannon had the goals for Portland, the AHL affiliate of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Glencross also had an assist for Portland, which had been 0-3 in overtime games this postseason, including Thursday's Game 2 win by Hartford.
Holt stopped 28 shots for the Pack, but was outdueled by Pirates goalie Jani Hurme. The former NHLer made 33 saves for the victory, and stopped Giroux on three breakaway opportunities.
The series resumes with Game 4 on Sunday night in Portland.