Defenseman Mike Green's power-play goal with 5:48 left in regulation Saturday lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the top-seeded New York Rangers, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
On the go-ahead 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 a wide-open Green, who sent a slap shot from the right circle past goalie Henrik Lundqvist, then celebrated by slamming up against the glass.
It allowed the No. 7-seeded Capitals to make a much-needed recovery from what could have been a demoralizing setback: They lost Game 3 at home in triple overtime.
The series moves to New York for Game 5 on Monday night.
Game 6 will be at Washington on Wednesday.
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Published at 3:28 PM EDT on May 5, 2012
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