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Rangers look to stay alive against Capitals

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
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"The atmosphere is unbelievable," Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said Saturday of playing at Madison Square Garden. "We just have to control our emotions and don't take lots of penalties because we give them chances when they play 5-on-4.

"We just have to be disciplined and stay the same way."

A penalty turned the tide in Game 5. New York forward Brian Boyle was called for a retaliation penalty in the second period as the Rangers were protecting a 1-0 lead.

The Capitals' potent power play took advantage to tie it. It stayed even until Mike Ribeiro won it at 9:24 of overtime with his first goal of the series.

"You battle so hard through the regular season to try to get the home-ice advantage in case there is a Game 7," Brouwer said. "You'd like to have the home crowd and the home familiarity, your own bed the night before as an advantage, but I think all these games have just been so close.

"It's just the way they've gone. I don't think it's because one team is better at home than they are on the road. Everyone is playing good hockey right now, and it's been an exciting series to play in."

Washington is having success despite only one goal and one assist from Ovechkin, named as a Hart Trophy finalist as NHL MVP.

The Rangers are looking for a breakout from forwards Rick Nash and Brad Richards. Both have one point through five games: Richards with a goal, and Nash with an assist.

"We've just got to win a game on home ice," Richards said. "It's a good opportunity for everybody. We all have confidence that we play good (at home). We will forget quick and move on to that."

Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't even want to address the notion that it could be his club's final game of the season.

"I don't consider it an elimination game," he said. "We're trying to win one game. I'm not going to even use that word. We've bounced back. Guys that haven't been in it, it's an opportunity. That's the way they have to look at it. We'll go home and try to win a game."

The Rangers might again be without rugged forward Ryane Clowe, who was injured earlier in the series and returned for Game 5 on Friday. Another hit has knocked him to the sidelines again. He and fellow injured forward Daroll Powe, who like Clowe might have a concussion, didn't skate Saturday.

Chris Kreider and Kris Newbury are potential replacements for Clowe.

New York defenseman Marc Staal, who came back from a serious eye injury in Game 3, hasn't played in either of the past two games and isn't expected back Sunday. either.

Capitals right wing Martin Erat, who sustained an upper body injury in Game 4, didn't skate on Saturday and is doubtful for the remainder of the series.

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AP Sports Writer Joseph White contributed to this report from Washington.