Thanks principally to Matt Bradley - yes, Matt Bradley, not Alex Ovechkin or another of Washington's stars - the Capitals get to keep playing this season.
Bradley scored his first two playoff goals, Ovechkin added a highlight-reel tally, rookie Simeon Varlamov posted his second shutout of the opening round, and the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-0 in Game 5 on Friday night to avoid elimination.
The seventh-seeded Rangers, who played without Sean Avery, lead
the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading to Game 6 in New York on Sunday.
Alexander Semin also scored for No. 2 Washington, and the Rangers pulled goalie Henrik Lundqvist after two periods, replacing him with Steve Valiquette.