The Washington Capitals will try to advance to the second round of the playoffs, as they visit the New York Rangers on Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.However, the Rangers do appear to have an edge heading into Sunday's game, as the home team has won all five games so far in this best-of-seven set.
Washington claimed Games 1 and 2 in D.C. before the Blueshirts posted a pair of 4-3 wins over the next two meetings at Madison Square Garden. However, the third-seeded Caps grabbed a 3-2 edge in the series after recording a 2-1 overtime win in Friday's clash at Verizon Center.
"Obviously it's going to be their barn, their building, their people," Capitals head coach Adam Oates said of Game 6. "It's going to be electric. We've got to handle the first 10 minutes of the game. Once we get into the game, we're okay."
The Rangers went 16-6-2 as the host during the regular season, while Washington was 12-10-2 as the road team.
Mike Ribeiro's goal 9:24 into overtime lifted the Capitals to a win in Friday's pivotal battle.
New York's only goal came just 53 seconds into the game when Brian Boyle notched his second marker of the series. Braden Holtby surrendered the early goal to Boyle, but he proved unbeatable the rest of the way and finished with 24 saves.The Capitals' lone regulation goal was Joel Ward's power-play tally at 7:44 of the second period.
Henrik Lundqvist came up with 33 saves for New York, 13 of which were registered during a scoreless third period in which Washington dictated play most of the way. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner later kept the game ongoing by stoning Mathieu Perreault on a breakaway 2:16 into the extra session, then got a piece of an Alex Ovechkin wrister on a Caps' rush not long afterward.
Washington kept up the pressure, however, with Mike Green causing a turnover in the New York zone and getting the puck to Karl Alzner for a long drive that deflected off teammate Troy Brouwer and straight to Ribeiro, who scored into an open right side to put the Capitals one victory away from a series win.
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