Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, during the first period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series against the New York Rangers on Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Washington Capitals closed out the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal with a 3 - 1 win over the Rangers on home ice.
The Capitals offense overpowered the Rangers from the start, and New York was never able to match the effort.
Mike Green started the scoring with a power play goal in the first period, assisted by Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich.
Ovechkin followed up with his own goal in the second period, with Laich and Scott Hannan assisting.
Alexander Semin scored a beautiful fast-break score, fed by a well-threaded pass from Bryan McCabe.
The Rangers Wojtek Wolski scored with under a minute left to prevent the shutout, sparking a scuffle in front of the crease.
Michael Neuvirth played tough in the net, recording 26 saves.
After the game, Alex Ovechkin said it was a full team effort that won the game. "Everyone is playing hard," he said, "No matter what. Broken leg, no arm."
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