New York and Washington battled into a third overtime before the Rangers netted the winner to go ahead in the series 2-1.
The Nashville Predators also pulled their series to 2-1, catching up with the Phoenix Coyotes for their first win in the second-round matchup.
Here are the recaps from the games that took place Tuesday, May 2. Be sure to check out more of our in-depth Associated Press recaps and previews.
New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 1 (3 OT)
WASHINGTON — Marian Gaborik scored at 14:41 of the third overtime, and the New York Rangers outlasted the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 victory early Thursday morning to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Read the complete story here.
Nashville Predators 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne made 32 saves as he returned to his dominating form, Mike Fisher scored his first goal of these playoffs, and the Nashville Predators found their rhythm with a 2-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series. Read the complete story here.