The Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 3-2 to tie their NHL Eastern Conference semi-finals at two games apiece on Saturday.
On the winning goal, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan got knocked down along the boards and lost the puck, which went to Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman. He slid the puck over to wide-open defenseman Mike Green, who sent a slap shot from the right circle past goalie Henrik Lundqvist, then celebrated by slamming up against the glass.
The power-play goal came with five minutes, 48 seconds left in regulation.
It allowed the Capitals to make a much-needed recovery from what could have been a demoralizing setback: They lost Game 3 at home in triple overtime.
Washington’s other goals on Saturday came from captain Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. However, only 23 seconds after Backstrom’s goal in the second period, Ovechkin’s skates left the ice as he delivered a high hit to Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, a play that resulted in a charging penalty against the two-time NHL MVP and could draw attention from the league office. In the third period, Ovechkin was treated by a trainer for a bloody upper lip.
Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. New York’s other goal came from Marian Gaborik.