Capitals show fight again

The Capitals surround goaltender Braden Holtby to celebrate their 3-2 win against the Rangers. Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal in the third period proves to be the winner.

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The Capitals surround goaltender Braden Holtby to celebrate their 3-2 win against the Rangers. Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal in the third period proves to be the winner.

NEW YORK — Alex Ovechkin silenced the Madison Square Garden crowd that taunted him for two games.

If he can fire up the fans back at home, too, the Capitals could be in store for a deep playoff run.

Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 left to give the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday night.

Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even with a power-play goal, but Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead for good after they squandered a 2-0 lead.

Despite diminished minutes in the playoffs, Ovechkin is still every bit as dangerous during crunch time.

"Ovi is a team guy and he is cheering his guys on," Washington coach Dale Hunter said. "He knows what these guys are going through at the end of the game. They've got to go out and slide and block shots.

"He appreciates that. The one thing is that he has been real fresh for the power play."

Washington, which hosts the next two games, is trying to repeat its first-round feat when it lost the series opener but rallied to beat Boston in seven games.

Brad Richards had a goal and assist, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto had two assists for the top-seeded Rangers, who got forward Brian Boyle back from a three-game injury absence. He returned from a concussion suffered in the first-round series against Ottawa.

Capitals 2 0 1 3
Rangers 1 0 1 2

First1, Washington, Knuble 2 (Aucoin, Ward), 12:20. 2, Washington, Chimera 3 (Hendricks, Beagle), 17:14. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 4 (Gaborik, Del Zotto), 19:17. PenaltiesHamrlik, Was (holding), 3:59; New York bench, served by Kreider (too many men), 14:53; Carlson, Was (roughing), 17:45; Staal, NYR (slashing), 17:45; Green, Was (tripping), 19:47.

SecondNone. PenaltiesNone.

Third4, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 3 (Del Zotto, Richards), 6:58 (pp). 5, Washington, Ovechkin 3 (Backstrom), 12:33 (pp). PenaltiesKnuble, Was (high-sticking), 6:02; Boyle, NYR (holding stick), 9:53; Richards, NYR (holding), 12:29. ShotsWashington 12-6-7—25. N.Y. Rangers 10-8-10—28. Power playsWashington 1 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 3. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 5-4-0 (28 shots-26 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 5-4-0 (25-22). A18,200 (18,200). T2:31.

No. 8 seed Kings take 2-0 lead on Blues

ST. LOUIS — Anze Kopitar scored twice in a four-goal first period as the Kings embarrassed the Blues from the start, whipping St. Louis 5-2 for their fifth straight road win this postseason.

Dustin Brown assisted on Kopitar's short-handed goal and has a hand in all four of the Kings' short-handed goals in the playoffs, two goals and two assists.

Andy McDonald scored 18 seconds into the second for St. Louis but Justin Williams scored on the Kings' first shot of the period.

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo sat out with an upper-body injury. He has not played since taking a hit from Dwight King in Game 1 on a play in which King drew a boarding penalty.

Kings 4 1 0 5
Blues 0 1 1 2

First1, LA, Richards 2 (Penner), :31. 2, LA, Kopitar 2 (Brown), 14:16 (sh). 3, LA, Carter 1 (Penner, Richards), 18:37. 4, LA, Kopitar 3 (Williams, Brown), 19:43. PenaltiesNichol, StL (high-sticking), 1:38; King, LA, major (fighting), 4:41; Crombeen, StL, major (fighting), 4:41; Shattenkirk, StL (roughing), 7:09; Stoll, LA (holding), 8:25; Mitchell, LA (boarding), 11:16; LA bench, served by Penner (too many men), 13:31.

Second5, StL, McDonald 5 (Backes, Russell), :18. 6, LA, Williams 1 (Brown, Greene), 1:26. PenaltiesWilliams, LA (roughing), 4:42; Jackman, StL (roughing), 4:42; McDonald, StL (roughing), 4:42; Williams, LA (cross-checking), 11:29; Brown, LA (charging), 12:17; Colaiacovo, StL (roughing), 12:17; Penner, LA (roughing), 13:53; Jackman, StL (roughing), 18:02.

Third7, StL, D'Agostini 1 (Backes), 5:16. PenaltiesSteen, StL (interference), 1:35; Richards, LA, double minor (roughing), 7:36; Penner, LA (roughing), 7:36; Oshie, StL (roughing), 7:36; Perron, StL (roughing), 7:36; Brown, LA (roughing), 9:14; Berglund, StL, double minor (roughing), 9:14; Nolan, LA, served by Williams, minor-misconduct (high-sticking), 12:19; Backes, StL, misconduct, 12:19; Greene, LA (interference), 14:13; Richards, LA (hooking), 14:38; Brown, LA, misconduct, 17:30; Colaiacovo, StL, misconduct, 17:30. ShotsLos Angeles 16-2-3—21. St. Louis 5-9-15—29. Power playsLos Angeles 0 of 6; St. Louis 0 of 9. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 6-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves). St. Louis, Elliott 3-2-0 (21-16), Allen (14:38 third, 0-0), Elliott 3-2-0 (15:45 third). A19,366 (19,150). T2:46.

JACK ADAMS AWARD: Rangers and former Lightning coach John Tortorella is a finalist for coach of the year along with Ken Hitchcock (Blues) and Paul MacLean (Senators).

Capitals show fight again 05/01/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1:34am]

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