NHL playoffs: Late power-play goal lifts Capitals to win over Rangers
Published: April 30, 2012 11:39PM
Updated: May 1, 2012 12:20AM
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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) falls to ice while fighting for control of the puck with New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan (24) during the third period of Game 1 in the second round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 28, 2012, in New York. The Rangers won the game 3-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York • Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal with 7:27 remaining snapped a tie and gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday night.

Just under 6 minutes after Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even with a power-play goal, Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead for good after they squandered a 2-0 lead.

Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera scored first-period goals for the Capitals, who will host the next two games of the series. Washington is trying to repeat its first-round feat when it lost the series opener but rallied to beat Boston in seven games. The Capitals have earned four of their five wins in this postseason on the road.

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 but couldn’t turn it into a commanding lead in the series.

Kings 5, Blues 2 • Anze Kopitar scored twice in St. Louis in a four-goal, first-period blitz as the Los Angeles Kings embarrassed the Blues from the opening faceoff, whipping St. Louis 5-2 Monday night for their fifth straight road win this postseason.

Brad Richards and Jeff Carter had a goal apiece and Dustin Penner and Dustin Brown each had a pair of assists in a period that was one goal shy of the franchise playoff record of five in 1993 against Vancouver.

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 squashed thoughts of a comeback when he scored on the Kings’ first shot of the period.

Playoff schedule

Tuesday

• New Jersey at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday

• N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN

• Phoenix at Nashville, 7 p.m., CNBC