The New York Rangers were seconds away from a Game 5 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night. With seven seconds to go Brad Richards came through to tie the game at 2-2, stuffing the puck past Braden Holtby to force overtime. The next goal will put one team a win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Holtby was spectacular in net for most of the night, recording 34 saves. The Rangers out shot the Caps 36-18 in regulation but it was Washington who led for most of the third period after John Carlson put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist on powerplay. Mike Rupp earned the penalty with a hook on Joel Ward.