Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro's goal 9:24 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals the upper hand once more in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers, with the Southeast Division champs taking a 2-1 decision in a pivotal Game 5 clash from the Verizon Center.
The third-seeded Capitals returned home off back-to-back 4-3 losses in New York that evened the set, but will head back to Madison Square Garden on Sunday with a chance to advance thanks to a stout defensive effort headed by goaltender Braden Holtby.
Holtby surrendered a goal to Brian Boyle in the game's first minute, his lone blemish in a sharp 24-save performance. Joel Ward contributed a power-play tally for Washington, which topped the Rangers at the Verizon Center for the 10th time in the past 11 postseason meetings between the clubs.
Henrik Lundqvist came up with 33 saves for New York.