No one wanted to earn a trip to the Eastern Conference finals on the road anyway.

The Rangers dropped a 2-1 decision at Washington last night to even up the series 3-3 and force a Game 7 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play just 1:28 into the contest for what would hold up as the game-winner until just seconds remained.

Anton Stralman was given a penalty for tripping at the 1:13 mark to give the Capitals the man advantage. Ryan McDonagh turned the puck over in the defensive zone, which set up the slapshot goal from Ovechkin.


It was Ovechkin’s fifth goal of the postseason and third of this series.

The official game-winning goal came from Jason Chimera, who scored on a wrister from just outside the crease at 10:59 into the second period. Marian Gaborik scored on a deflection with 51 seconds left, but they never truly threatened to force overtime.

More than anything though, Game 6 was a showcase for Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby has been strong all postseason, but he was never better than last night, as he almost had his first shutout.

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