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20 SOG
26 SOG

Caps push series back into a tie heading for Game 5

newyorkrangers.com | Saturday, 05.05.2012 / 3:12 PM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 11; Road Game No. 5 Series tied 2-2
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

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 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.

The series moves to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Monday night. Game 6 will be at Washington on Wednesday.

Washington's other goals Saturday came from captain Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But only 23 seconds after Backstrom's goal in the second period, Ovechkin's skates left the ice as he delivered a high hit to Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, a play that resulted in a charging penalty against the two-time NHL MVP and could draw attention from the league office. In the third period, Ovechkin was treated by a trainer for a bloody upper lip.

Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. The Blueshirts' other goal came from Marian Gaborik, who provided the winner after nearly 115 minutes of play in Game 3.

The teams had two days off to rest and recuperate from that marathon, which began Wednesday night and finished after midnight. The Rangers' 2-1 victory in that game might have given them control of the series.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
Marian Gaborik notched a goal at 16:43 of the second period to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, three assists over the span). He is now tied for second on the team with three goals, and ranks second on the Rangers in scoring with eight points in 11 playoff contests.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Anisimov 2. Gaborik 3. Lundqvist


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The Rangers have been in this situation before, -- just last month when Ottawa brought a 2-2 series back to The Garden. The Blueshirts have all season that they do not allow bad history repeat itself and this resolve should hep to win Game 5.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (24:20)
Shots -- Richards (4)
Hits -- Callahan (5)
Blocks -- Seven players tied (1)
Takeaways -- Girardi (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (24)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 4 LINEUP AT WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Chris Kreider
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Artem Anisimov Kreider/Mitchell
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Anton Stralman Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
BrandonPrust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
NYR
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:43WSH Alex Ovechkin (4) Slapshot - ASST: NONE 1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
01:10NYR Artem Anisimov (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Girardi (5), Brian Boyle (1) 1 - 1 Tie
11:54WSH Nicklas Backstrom (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Chimera (2), Joel Ward (4) 2 - 1 WSH
16:43NYR Marian Gaborik (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Artem Anisimov (4), Marc Staal (2) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
14:12WSH PPG - Mike Green (2) Slapshot - ASST: Dennis Wideman (2) 3 - 2 WSH
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:25NYR Anton Stralman  Interference against  Jason Chimera
2nd Period
09:30WSH Joel Ward  Holding against  Mike Rupp
12:17WSH Alex Ovechkin  Charging against  Dan Girardi
3rd Period
13:45NYR Carl Hagelin  Slashing against  John Carlson
shots by period
PeriodNYRWSH
1st314
2nd106
3rd76
Total2026
Team Stats
CategoryNYRWSH
Power Plays0/21/2
Hits3324
Faceoff Wins2530
Giveaways617
Takeaways38
Blocked Shots726
Penalty Minutes44
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  • WASHINGTON
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19N. BackstromC1013017:47
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28A. SeminR0004017:02
42J. WardR0110210:10
44R. HamrlikD0021020:47
52M. GreenD1013022:08
55J. SchultzD00-21014:25
74J. CarlsonD0002020:56
83J. BeagleR0000018:13
90M. JohanssonC00-11016:35
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
70B. Holtby1820.90060:00