Avalanche top Flames in OT, lead West series 3-1

Mikko Rantanen scored on a slap shot 10:23 into overtime after tying the game with a goal late in regulation and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 3-2 win over Calgary on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.

Moments after weathering a penalty, Carl Soderberg got the puck and sent a pass to Rantanen, who lined a shot past Mike Smith before being mobbed by teammates.

Colorado trailed 2-0 in the third period before J.T. Compher started the comeback on a rebound and Rantanen tied it on a power-play goal with 2:50 left.

Elias Lindholm and Derek Ryan had goals for the Flames, the top seed in the West. They face a must-win scenario when the series returns to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 35 shots, including one in overtime with his left pad while sprawled on the ice.

Smith had another busy night in stopping 49 of 52 shots. He faced 56 in a 6-2 loss in Game 3.

Stars 5, Predators 1: Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov scored power-play goals on Dallas’ first two shots, and the host Stars chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with four goals on eight shots in less than 14 minutes while evening the West series at 2-2. Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots for the win.

Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 4: David Pastrnak scored two goals and Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists as visiting Boston beat Toronto to tie the Eastern Conference series at 2-2. At 42 years, 30 days, the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara became the second-oldest defenseman in NHL history to score a playoff goal. Chris Chelios holds the record at 45 years, 86 days.

Briefly: Boston center Patrice Bergeron, St. Louis center Ryan O’Reilly and Vegas wing Mark Stone are the finalists for the Selke Trophy, given to the best defensive forward in the league, the NHL announced. The winner will be revealed Jume 19 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. … The Kings introduced Todd McLellan as their head coach. McLellan, fired by the Oilers in November, won 311 games in seven seasons with the Sharks from 2008 through ’15.

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