NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers ties the score at 3-3 at 16:12 of the third period against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on April 4, 2011 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Massive Comeback Keeps Rangers Up To Speed In East Race

The New York Rangers stunned the Boston Bruins on Monday night, throwing up five unanswered goals en route to a huge comeback win. Out West, San Jose clinched the Pacific Division by rolling over the Kings.

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Bruins Vs. Rangers: New York Mounts Incredible Comeback, Tops Boston To Keep Pace In Playoff Race

It appears as though the Boston Bruins have issues with three goal leads. We all remember a year ago, when the Bruins blew 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 Game 7 lead to the Philadelphia Flyers before losing it all in the Eastern Semifinals. On Monday night in New York, it all happened again.

The Rangers looked dead and disinterested midway through the second period, and after falling down 3-0, a lot of their fans likely switched over to the big basketball game. That would have been a mistake. Vinny Prospal's goal at the 11:34 mark of the period got things going, and when Prospal scored again with about a minute and a half left in the period, it felt like a hockey game again. 

When the third began, you could feel the comeback nearing completion. Tim Thomas held the Rangers off the board for most of the frame, but with four minutes left, Brandon Dubinsky beat him with a backhander in front. Boom, tie game. That wasn't all she wrote, though.

Just a few shifts later, Michael Sauer became the hero.

Surely, Thomas wants that one back. Derek Stepan added an empty netter late and the Rangers earned two vital points in the Eastern standings. As a result, they still control their own playoff destiny. 


Kings Vs. Sharks: San Jose Piles On, Coasts To Pacific Crown With 6-1 Win

While the Rangers were busy flying back from a huge deficit in the East Coast, the San Jose Sharks were busy piling up that deficit on the Los Angeles Kings out West. After San Jose went up 2-0 in the first period, Michal Handzus brought the Kings within one before the Sharks completely turned on the jets. 

Four second period goals later and the Sharks were up 6-1, well on their way to a Pacific Division crown.

The game had serious playoff implications for everybody involved. With the win, the Sharks clinched the division, and with the loss, the Kings failed to not only keep their hopes of a division title alive, but they also failed to clinch a playoff spot.

There's obviously still time remaining, but the Kings' loss means the No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes control their destiny for home ice advantage in the Western playoffs. Los Angeles sits just one point clear of No. 6 Nashville and just four points higher than No. 8 Chicago. It'd take an epic collapse to miss the playoffs completely, but no single position is locked up for them just yet. 

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