7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden
TV: NBCSN | Radio: 1500 AM
Rangers lead series, 3-2
Updates are in reverse-chronological order.
1:35 OT: Staal scores from the point as Rangers take Game 5 — and a 3-2 series lead over the Caps. The series heads back to Verizon Center as the Caps try to recover from a deflating loss and salvage their season Wednesday night in Game 6.
More to come in a bit. Stay tuned.
End regulation, Neil: Scoring chances were 5-5 in the third period, making it 16-14 total through 60 minutes in Caps favor. Did anything else happen?
19:54 3rd: Ward with a high stick to Hagelin gives Rangers a four-minute power play, which they’ll now carry into overtime after Richards puts in a loose puck with 6.6 seconds left to tie it up at 2. The hockey gods hate newspapers and our deadlines, clearly.
18:45 3rd: Lundqvist to the bench and the Rangers get an extra skater as the Caps cling to a 2-1 lead.
7:46 3rd: The Caps almost just made it 3-1 but Backstrom hits the crossbar on a breakaway.
4:20 3rd: With Rupp off for hooking, Carlson blasts a shot that beats Lundqvist’s glove. That’s the Caps defenseman’s second goal in the last three games.
Capitals 2, Rangers 1.
2nd int, Neil: Chances were tied at seven for the second period, but Washington leads 11-9 overall. Laich led team with three in the second frame, including the tying goal and Semin chipped in another two. Backstrom and Ovechkin also got on the board.
Speaking of Ovechkin, he has been on the ice for 10:29 at even-strength with eight of those minutes against Girardi-McDonagh. Ovi has no shots, one miss and one shot blocked plus a giveaway.
End 2nd: Tied game heading into the third. Have you heard this one before? Shots on goal are 26-10 Rangers.
18:45 2nd: Awkward Moment of the Game is brought to you by Alex Ovechkin, who just broke up Green’s shot attempt.
14:40 2nd: The Rangers’ power play has been terrible — or Caps PK has been really good. Only shot on that one was by the Caps.
12:35 2nd: Carlson shoots the puck out of play and Rangers get a power play.
11:56 2nd, Neil: Despite what shot totals say, ice is definitely tilted in Caps favor. They lead in chances 5-2 in the second period with 8:04 to go and 9-4 overall. Semin and Laich each have two chances this period so far.
8:15 2nd: Laich capitalizes when the puck bounces off Boyle’s stick and into the slot, and he buries it.
Tied up at 1.
6:30 2nd: Caps had some good chances there, including one by Semin that Lundqvist stopped, but couldn't convert. But hey, three shots! I guess that’s progress.
4:14 2nd: Ward draws interference call on Del Zotto. Still zero shots on the power play for both teams going into this one.
:38 2nd: Rangers go to the power play as Green is called for a slash on Girardi. If Caps had any momentum as Neil suggests, uh, that may have killed it.
1st int, Neil: Washington was outshot 14-4 but managed to outchance the Rangers 4-2. Or I should say Jason Chimera outchanced the Rangers, creating all three of the four first period chances for Caps (Green had the other).
New York didn't create a chance since the Stralman goal, so, momentum shifting?
End 1st: Rangers lead, 1-0. What an anemic first period for the Caps, who took just 4 shots to the Rangers’ 17. Washington will have 13 seconds left on the power play to start the second period.
18:13 1st: Del Zotto whistled for tripping and Caps get their first power play.
16:35 1st: After all that, zero shots for New York on that power play.
14:31 1st: Hamrlik goes to the box for high-sticking. Caps are getting outplayed in a big way, with shots 14-2 in Rangers’ favor. Time for the PK to get to work.
10:44 1st: Stralman’s wrister beats Holtby short side. Not a great goal to give up early. That tally also puts Wideman and Schultz at the very bottom of the league’s plus/minus rankings, both with a -8.
Rangers 1, Caps 0.
9:05 1st: A giveaway by Gaborik creates an odd-man rush and the Caps’ best chance so far, but Lundqvist stops Chimera and Semin misses on the rebound.
8:40 1st, Neil: Washington is getting out-shot 8-1 in the early goings, but scoring chances are just one each. Caps defense continues to do a good job of keeping shots to the outside of dangerous parts of the ice.
8:22 1st: The Caps were the energized home team in Game 4, and now the Rangers are pressing just as hard midway through the first frame of Game 5. New York has eight shots to Washington’s one, an attempt by Chimera that went high and wide.
3:01 1st: Rangers are trying to get more pucks on Holtby early as they said they would, but the Caps rookie withstood a big scramble in front of the net to keep it scoreless.
7:09 p.m.: All remains the same with the Caps lineup for Game 5, at least according to the rushes in warmup.
6:57 p.m., Neil: Is there a more pivotal game than a Game 5? Don't think so. Throughout all sports, the team that wins Game 5 goes on to win 80% of post-season series. In the NHL, teams are 71-19 for the series when they win Game 5 in the second round.
There is, of course, a boom or bust relationship with Game 5s in Washington: Caps have a 3-0 series record when they win Game 5 and a 0-7 series record when they lose Game 5.
Oh yeah, last time the Washington Capitals won a Game 5 in the second round: 1997-98, which was also the last time this team has gone to the Stanley Cup Finals.
6 p.m.: The Caps are looking to win another Game 5 on the road as they visit the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden.
We’ll have live updates, scoring chances and more once the puck drops shortly after 7:30. In the meantime, some reading material to catch up on in case you missed it:
— Caps-Rangers not lacking in intensity
— Rangers aim to ignite offense in Game 5
— Caps’ lines look the same as Game 4
— Holtby never plays the blame game
— Backstrom channels his inner Forsberg
— On Hockey: Caps make their own breaks