NHL: Capitals edge Rangers while Kings rout Blues
Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining in the third period to give Washington a 3-2 victory on Monday over the New York Rangers to level their National Hockey League playoff series.
The Russian playmaker received the puck from a face off, skated to his right and fired the puck past Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers to produce the winning margin.
The second-round Eastern Conference best-of-seven series continues with games three and four in Washington on Wednesday and Saturday with game five back in New York on Monday.
Also Monday, the Los Angeles Kings ripped hosts St. Louis 5-2 to seize a 2-0 edge in their best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series.
The Kings, who have not lost a road game in five tries in this year's playoffs, will host games three and four of the series on Thursday and Sunday.
At New York, Washington's Mike Knuble opened the scoring with 12:20 elapsed in the first period and Jason Chimera gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead just 4:54 later.
But Brad Richards answered for the Rangers with his fourth goal of the playoffs with only 43 seconds remaining in the first period.
And New York equalized 6:58 into the third period on a power-play goal by Ryan Callahan, setting the stage for Ovechkin's game winner.
Washington netminder Braden Holtby of Canada made 26 saves while Lundqvist stopped 22 shots.
At St. Louis, the Kings seized the lead for good on a Mike Richards goal only 31 seconds into the game and Anze Kopitar's shorthanded goal gave the Kings a 2-0 edge with 5:44 remaining in the first period.
Jeff Carter made it 3-0 for Los Angeles on a goal with 83 seconds remaining in the first period and Kopitar added another just 66 seconds later to give the Kings a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Andy McDonald put the Blues on the scoreboard only 18 seconds into the second period but Justin Williams answered for the Kings 68 seconds later and Los Angeles led 5-1 entering the third period.
Matt D'Agostini added an unassisted goal for the Blues with 14:44 remaining but the hosts could come no closer. St. Louis went 0-for-9 in power-play opportunities.