WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Sergei Fedorov scored with 5 minutes left Tuesday to give Washington a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern quarterfinals.
Alexander Semin scored the other goal for the Capitals, who had three straight victories to take the series 4-3. It was just the second time the Capitals won a playoff series after trailing 3-1. The other time was in the 1988 semifinals against Philadelphia.
The Capitals rallied from a 1-3 series deficit last season in the quarterfinals against Philadelphia but lost in overtime in Game 7.
Simeon Varlamov blocked 14-of-15 shots for Washington, which hadn't taken a playoff series since 1998.
Nik Antropov got the lone goal for the Rangers, who failed to advance despite a 3-1 series edge for the first time in their playoff history. Henrik Lundqvist allowed two goals on 24 shots for New York.