The Washington Capitals have evened things up at Madison Square Garden as their Game 5 matchup with the Rangers heads to the second intermission with things knotted at 1-1. The Caps killed off two penalties and added the equalizing goal in a solid second period.
Washington tied things up 1-1 with Brooks Laich snapping one past Henrik Lundqvist for his second goal of the series. Laich won a face off in the zone and Alex Ovechkin controlled the puck along the boards. Ovie tried to center it through traffic to Laich and the Caps caught a nice bounce off the stick of Brian Boyle as the puck found its way to Laich at the top. He quickly slapped it home off the bounce from Boyle. Troy Brouwer set up a nice screen in front, and Lundqvist thought Laich would go to the far side to his right, but instead he put it right in the middle of the net on the short side to even it up 1-1. Video of the goal below:
The Rangers pushed back immediately after the Caps tied it up, continuing to pepper Washington goaltender Braden Holtby. John Carlson was whistled for a delay of game penalty after the puck caught an edge as he tried to clear it and sailed one over the glass. The Rangers kept the pressure up in the zone, the Caps did a solid job of blocking shots to kill it off. Through two periods, New York has a 26-10 shot advantage.
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