NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov was suspended for Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Kucherov was suspended for boarding Columbus defenseman Markus Nutivaara late in Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss in Game 2. He was given a major penalty and ejected for hitting Nutivaara in a defenseless position with 4:26 remaining in the lopsided defeat.
The Presidents' Trophy winning-Lightning will have to try to win in Columbus on Sunday without the player who put up a league-best 128 points during the season. Tampa Bay also could be without banged-up Norris Trophy-caliber defenseman Victor Hedman, who did not practice Saturday.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said he hopes Hedman can play. But Kucherov is out after what the NHL called a "dangerous hit on a player in an exposed position."
Washington 4, Carolina 3 (OT): Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, a 15-year veteran with just three career playoff goals before Saturday, beat Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek to secure an overtime win at Capital One Arena and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"If you asked anyone on our team who you would be the happiest to see score an overtime goal, it's probably Brooks Orpik," goaltender Braden Holtby said. "It's exciting. It's a big moment. All his hard work and everything, it pays off in wins like that."
Orpik is one of 11 defensemen with at least two overtime goals in the playoffs; he also scored one for the Pittsburgh Penguins to beat the New York Islanders in 2013.
Washington had its chances against Mrazek in the waning minute of the third, but Mrazek held strong and saved a flurry of shots, including one each from Tom Wilson and John Carlson.
Boston 4, Toronto 1: Two nights after losing the series opener 4-1, the host Bruins dominated their Atlantic Division rivals, taking a 3-0 lead with a 29-16 edge in shots on goal into the third period.
Boston's Charlie Coyle, formerly of the Wild, scored the game's first goal on a feed from behind the net from David Backes, who had been a healthy scratch in Game 1.
Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri drew a game misconduct in the third period for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in the face.
Nashville 2, Dallas 1 (OT): Craig Smith scored five minutes into overtime to give the host Predators a victory over the Stars, tying the first-round Western Conference series at 1-1.
Smith scored his first this postseason from the inside edge of the left circle to end a three-game playoff skid on home ice for Nashville. The Predators outshot the Stars 43-23. Dallas went 0-for-6 on the power play.