Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rangers beat buzzer, Caps

Rangers center Artem Anisimov celebrates seconds after Marc Staal’s goal in overtime beats goaltender Braden Holtby and the Capitals in Game 5 of their East semifinal series.

Getty Images

Rangers center Artem Anisimov celebrates seconds after Marc Staal’s goal in overtime beats goaltender Braden Holtby and the Capitals in Game 5 of their East semifinal series.

NEW YORK — Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1:35 into overtime after Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation Monday night to lift the Rangers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

With Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Washington's Joel Ward took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin with 21.3 seconds left in the third period. Richards tied it on the first half of the power play with just 7.6 seconds to go, and Staal won it with a drive that appeared to deflect off a Washington player before beating goalie Braden Holtby.

The top-seeded Rangers can advance to the East final Wednesday in Washington.

With the crowd still buzzing over the tying goal, John Mitchell won a faceoff in the Capitals' end to start the winning play. Staal corralled the puck at the right point, glided to the center of the zone and fired the drive that set off a celebration.

at Rangers 1 0 1 1 3
Capitals 0 1 1 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Stralman 3 (Staal, Stepan), 10:44. PenaltiesHamrlik, Was (high-sticking), 14:31; Del Zotto, NYR (tripping), 18:13.

Second Period2, Washington, Laich 2 (Ovechkin, Brouwer), 8:15. PenaltiesGreen, Was (slashing), :38; Del Zotto, NYR (interference), 4:14; Carlson, Was (delay of game), 12:35.

Third Period3, Washington, Carlson 2 (Wideman, Brouwer), 4:20 (pp). 4, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 5 (Callahan, Del Zotto), 19:53 (pp). PenaltiesRupp, NYR (hooking), 2:39; Kreider, NYR (high-sticking), 8:31; Ward, Was, double minor (high-sticking), 19:38. First Overtime5, N.Y. Rangers, Staal 2 (Mitchell), 1:35 (pp). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWashington 4-6-8-0—18. N.Y. Rangers 17-9-10-2—38. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 1 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 2 of 4. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 6-6-0 (38 shots-35 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 7-5-0 (18-16). A18,200 (18,200). T2:42.

Coyotes win series

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mike Smith stopped 32 shots and the Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1 to earn their first trip to the Western Conference finals.

Phoenix withstood a late goal by Nashville's Colin Wilson to reach the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise.

Derek Morris and Martin Hanzal scored and Smith nearly had an empty-net goal.

at Coyotes 0 2 0 2
Predators 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHanzal, Pho (roughing), 17:45.

Second Period1, Phoenix, Morris 1 (Doan, Vermette), 3:54. 2, Phoenix, Hanzal 3 (Chipchura, Langkow), 15:09. PenaltiesJosi, Nas (interference), 4:19; Hanzal, Pho (hooking), 4:52; Doan, Pho (cross-checking), 9:41.

Third Period3, Nashville, C.Wilson 1 (Legwand, Suter), 14:01. PenaltiesDoan, Pho (holding), 2:38. Shots on GoalNashville 10-12-11—33. Phoenix 5-7-5—17. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 0 of 4; Phoenix 0 of 1. GoaliesNashville, Rinne 5-5-0 (17 shots-15 saves). Phoenix, M.Smith 8-3-0 (33-32). A17,182 (17,135). T2:24. Referees—Dan O'Rourke, Chris Rooney. LinesmenSteve Barton, Jean Morin.

Bettman: Deal in place for Coyotes

Commissioner Gary Bettman, in Glendale, Ariz., for Game 5 of the Coyotes-Predators series, announced that the league had a tentative deal with former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison to buy the Coyotes. The league bought the Coyotes out of bankruptcy in 2009 for about $140 million and has sought a buyer ever since amid much speculation about a possible move.

Around the league: Flyers star suspended

The league suspended Flyers All-Star forward Claude Giroux for his illegal check to the head on New Jersey center Dainius Zubrus in Sunday's Game 4 of the East semifinals, which the Devils won 4-2. Giroux will miss tonight's Game 5 in Philadelphia. The Flyers trail the series 3-1.

FLYERS SUED: Lawyers representing a group of Flyers season ticket-holders sued over the team's policy for tickets to the outdoor Winter Classic. The team called the suit frivolous. The suit, filed against Comcast-Spectacor in New Jersey, claims team owners breached the contract by forcing season ticket-holders to purchase tickets to the Jan. 2 Winter Classic at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park separately and at a higher price.

CANUCKS: General manager Mike Gillis agreed to a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. Gillis was entering the last of a five-year deal.

East semifinals

Rangers 3, CAPITALS 2

Game 1: Rangers 3, Capitals 1

Game 2: Capitals 3, Rangers 2

Game 3: Rangers 2, Capitals 1 3 OT

Game 4: Capitals 3, Rangers 2

Monday: Rangers 3, Capitals 2 OT

Wednesday: at Washington, TBD, TBD

Saturday: at New York, TBD, TBD *

Devils 3, Flyers 1

Game 1: Flyers 4, Devils 3 OT

Game 2: Devils 4, Flyers 1

Game 3: Devils 4, Flyers 3 OT

Game 4: Devils 4, Flyers 2

Tonight: at Philadelphia, 7:30, NBCSN

Thursday: at New Jersey, TBD, TBD *

Saturday: at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD *

West semifinals

Kings 4, Blues 0

Game 1: Kings 3, Blues 1

Game 2: Kings 5, Blues 2

Game 3: Kings 4, Blues 2

Game 4: Kings 3, Blues 1

Coyotes 4, predators 1

Game 1: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 OT

Game 2: Coyotes 5, Predators 3

Game 3: Predators 2, Coyotes 0

Game 4: Coyotes 1, Predators 0

Monday: Coyotes 2, Predators 1

West final

Coyotes vs. Kings

Dates, times TBD

Rangers beat buzzer, Caps 05/07/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 1:16am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Mariners game

    The Heater

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria doesn't always look like he's going hard, but he showed impressive reactions Saturday in reversing field to catch a ball that clanked off the catwalk then firing to second to double up Guillermo Heredia on an attempt to tag up.

  2. Bucs journal: Simeon Rice gives master class on sacks to defensive ends


    TAMPA — As the Bucs seek their first 10-sack season from a player since Simeon Rice in 2005, who better to help that cause than Rice himself?

  3. Bucs' annual Women of RED preseason party attracts nearly 2,000


    TAMPA — Theresa Jones is primarily a college football fan, but she wanted to get a taste of the Bucs. So the 46-year-old Tampa resident bought a ticket for the team's Women of RED Ultimate Football Party at Raymond James Stadium on Friday.

    Lee White of Seminole tries on a helmet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers female fans descended upon Raymond James Stadium for the ultimate football party, the 2017 Women of RED: The Takeover, supported by Moffitt Cancer Center. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times

  4. Rays vs. Mariners, 1:10 Sunday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Today: vs. Mariners

    1:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Blake Snell
  5. Bucs' Ali Marpet: Move to center could pay off big


    TAMPA — No player works as closely with Jameis Winston as the center. Only those two touch the ball on every play. Together they make — if you will — snap judgements about defensive alignments.

     Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ali Marpet #74 warm up prior to preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 700069805