The New York Rangers have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first-round playoff series.

The Blueshirts won Game 4, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday night when Dorchester, Mass., native and former Boston College forward Kevin Hayes beat Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury 3:14 into the overtime period.

Hayes signed with the Rangers in August as a free agent. He was originally a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

New York will have a chance to end the series and eliminate Pittsburgh for the second straight season when these teams meet Friday night for Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

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