NHL: Washington 3, New York Rangers 2

April 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin's third-period goal was decisive Monday in Washington's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, allowing the Capitals to even their playoff series.

Ryan Callahan had pulled the Rangers into a 2-2 tie 6:58 into the final frame when he scored on a deflected shot that beat Caps goalie Braden Holtby to the stick side.

Ovechkin unleashed a wrist shot from high in the slot that sailed past a screened Henrik Lundqvist 5 1/2 minutes later, and Washington hung on to forge a 1-1 tie in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera scored in the first period and Holtby turned aside 26-of-28 shots for Washington.

The Rangers' Michael Del Zotto clanged a shot off the post in the final minute after Lundqvist was pulled to add an extra attacker.

Lundqvist finished with 22 saves.

Game 3 is set for Wednesday in Washington.

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