Rangers need 1 win over Caps to reach East finals

ARLINGTON, Va. - (AP) - If they want to avoid elimination, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals must figure out a way to recover and regroup from a potentially devastating loss to the New York Rangers.

The Rangers head into Wednesday's Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead, one victory from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1997, when Wayne Gretzky was on the team. New York's Brad Richards tied Game 5 with 6.6 seconds left Monday, and Marc Staal won it 1:35 into overtime. Ovechkin had zero shots on goal for only the second time in 49 career NHL playoff games. The Capitals hope to bounce back one more time. They're 3-0 in games following overtime losses this postseason. Says center Nicklas Backstrom: "You've just got to forget about it."

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