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Ovechkin's 31st career playoff goal, Holtby's 35 saves help Capitals top Rangers 3-1 in Game 1

Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Ovechkin's 31st career playoff goal, Holtby's 35 saves help Capitals top Rangers 3-1 in Game 1

WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Ovechkin, a two-time MVP who led the NHL with 32 goals this season, crashed the net to score on a power play about seven minutes into the second period to tie the game for the Capitals, the third-seeded team in the Eastern Conference.

Carl Hagelin had put sixth-seeded New York ahead 1-0 in the first period — the only puck that made it past Braden Holtby, who finished with 35 saves.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday in Washington.

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