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Matt Bradley's two early goals lead Capitals past Rangers 4-0

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WASHINGTON - Matt Bradley scored his first two playoff goals, Alex Ovechkin added a highlight-reel tally and rookie Simeon Varlamov posted his second shutout of the opening round as 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 the benched 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.

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