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Tuesday's playoff action included two sweeps, an overtime winner and a shutout, while Wednesday's three games provided two teams drawing even and one team pushing the other towards the brink of elimination.

Here's everything you need to know about Wednesday's games from around the league.

Bruins draw even with Leafs in 6-4 win

The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the night with a 2-1 series lead and a win on home ice would have pushed the Boston Bruins to the brink of elimination.

But the Bruins started the game strong, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to Charlie McAvoy and Brad Marchand.

The Leafs battled back with two goals from Auston Matthews. It's Matthews' first multi-goal game of the playoffs in his career.

The Bruins evened the series with a win thanks to Zdeno Chara's bomb from the point in the third period.

Chara became the oldest blueliner in NHL history to score a game-winning goal at 42.

Stars pummel Predators with 5-1 victory

The Dallas Stars took it to the Nashville Predators early, scoring two consecutive power play goals within the first five minutes of the first period courtesy of Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov.

The Stars ended the first period up 4-0 and never looked back. Roope Hintz added a second tally to make it 5-0 by the end of the second period, and it's his first career multi-goal game of the playoffs.

Nashville regains home ice on Saturday and will look to pull ahead after dropping their last two games. Neither team has won an away game yet in this series.


Avalanche pull off 3-2 overtime win

Mikko Rantanen was the difference maker as the Colorado Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead over the Calgary Flames.

The Flames held a two goal lead with 10 minutes remaining in the third period due to Elias Lindholm and Derek Ryan's goals.

The comeback was on for the Avalanche, and Rantanen tied the game at two with just under three minutes remaining.

Former Capitals backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer provided a key save on the penalty kill to keep the Avalanche in it in overtime.

Rantanen sealed the win with a one-timer from the left circle. If the Avs go on to win the series, it will be their first playoff series win since the 2007-08 season.

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