Washington • The Washington Capitals were right on pace for another playoff collapse. They'd already blown a two-game lead. They gave up a goal in the first minute of pivotal Game 5. They couldn't stay out of the penalty box.
But they shut out the New York Rangers the rest of the night. They got a goal from Joel Ward to tie the game. They kept peppering Henrik Lundqvist, who denied league MVP candidate Alex Ovechkin nine times.
Then, at 9:24 of overtime, Mike Ribeiro scored his first playoff goal in five years. The Capitals had a 2-1 win over the Rangers. Series lead restored. Momentum regained. Doubts erased for at least another couple of days.