NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime and the New York Rangers kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Chris Kreider breathed life into the Presidents’ Trophy winners by scoring with 1:41 left in regulation to force the overtime.
The Capitals lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday night in Washington.
Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves for the Rangers, who have won each of their past nine playoff games when facing elimination at Madison Square Garden — dating to Game 4 of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinal round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Braden Holtby made 41 saves for Washington, which was less than 2minutes away from its first conference final before New York rallied. Curtis Glencross scored for the Capitals.