Alex Ovechkin rebounded from a rare zero-shot performance by scoring after 88 seconds Wednesday night, Braden Holtby made 30 saves, and the host Washington Capitals recovered from a potentially devastating loss by beating the top-seeded New York Rangers, 2-1, to force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Two nights after blowing a lead in the last 10 seconds of regulation and losing in overtime, the No. 7-seeded Capitals showed immediately they were over it. Ovechkin's early power-play goal and Jason Chimera's second-period score were just enough for the unflappable playoff rookie Holtby.
The teams will meet Saturday night in New York to determine which one will face the New Jersey Devils in the conference finals.