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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bruins, Rangers Gain 2-0 Leads

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey -- The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers both have 2-0 leads in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Bruins have it a little better, though, as they head home while the Rangers go on the road. Don Sweeney's goal 9:08 into overtime Tuesday night gave the Bruins a 6-5 victory over the New Jersey Devils and the best-of-7 series heads to Boston on Thursday night. Adam Graves and Stephane Matteau scored in a 19-second span in the third period to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals and that series resumes in Landover, Maryland, on Thursday night. The Western Conference semifinals resume Wednesday night with both road teams holding a 1-0 lead. San Jose, the only team in the playoffs with a sub-.500 record, is at Toronto and Vancouver is at Dallas. Bruins 6, Devils 5, OT. Sweeney was robbed by goaltender Martin Brodeur in the opening minutes of overtime, but he converted a great setup by Adam Oates for the game-winner. It came just seconds after Boston goalie Jon Casey stopped Bill Guerin on a 2-on-1 with the teams skating 4-on-4. The Bruins had come within 3.5 seconds of winning in regulation, but New Jersey forced the overtime on a goal by defenseman Bruce Driver who capitalized on a mistake by Bruins' defenseman Al Iafrate. Stephen Heinze had put Boston ahead 5-4 with 6:05 to play, just over two minutes after Ted Donato tied the score with a power-play goal from in close. Bryan Smolinski, Glen Wesley and Iafrate also scored for the Bruins, while Valeri Zelepukin, Randy McKay, Scott Stevens and Jim Dowd scored for New Jersey. Rangers 5, Capitals 2. The Rangers broke open a close game with rapid-fire goals by Graves at 10:47 and Matteau at 11:06 of the final period to win their club-record sixth straight playoff game. Esa Tikkanen gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead at 10:44. The Rangers, who have outscored the opposition 33-8 in their first six playoff games, didn't shake off the Capitals until their third-period burst. Joe Kocur and Sergei Zubov scored the other New York goals, while Kevin Hatcher and Mike Ridley scored for Washington.