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Kreider scores 2, Rangers hold off Caps 4-3 to force Game 7

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Dan Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers and Brooks Orpik #44 of the Washington Capitals go after the puck in the second period during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Dan Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers and Brooks Orpik #44 of the Washington Capitals go after the puck in the second period during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Kreider scored in the first minute and final second of the opening period, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the New York Rangers held on to edge the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday night and force a Game 7 in the second-round playoff series.

New York led 2-0, then 4-1 with less than 12 1/2 minutes left in regulation. But Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov and Joel Ward put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist less than 3 minutes apart to make it a one-goal game with nearly half a period to go.

But Lundqvist was solid the rest of the way, stopping Washington’s last four shots — including Alex Ovechkin on a 1-on-1 — to finish with 42 saves.

Game 7 is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.