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Resilient Capitals look to eliminate Rangers in Game 6

by Dan Rosen / NHL.com

RANGERS at CAPITALS

TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Washington leads best-of-7 series 3-2

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals will take their second shot at advancing to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1998 when they play the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Sunday at Verizon Center.

The Capitals had a chance to eliminate the Rangers from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday, but New York stayed alive with a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

Washington is 4-0 in the game after a loss this postseason. It was 15-6-1 in the game after a loss from Dec. 4 through the end of the regular season.

"You just look at our record after probably game No. 30; we were pretty good at that," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "It's sort of the playoff mentality; you let it go and figure out what you need to do for next game."

The Rangers are trying win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-1 in the second round for the second consecutive season. They defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games last season and went on to win the Eastern Conference.

New York has won six of its past seven games facing elimination (the loss was Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final last season) and are 12-3 facing elimination since Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has a 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and two shutouts in the 15 games.

"They try and stay in the moment," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "They know what needs to be done on the ice and they go out there and try to execute the plan to the best of their capabilities.

"We're playing some real good hockey 5-on-5, and our power play [Friday] night got some great looks. We'll try and put it all together and win [Sunday] night."

New York will have to stop Washington's five-game home winning streak. The Capitals haven't lost at home since Game 1 of the first round against the New York Islanders. They have outscored their opponent 14-6 in their past five games at Verizon Center, 3-1 against the Rangers.

There have been 15 goals scored in this series; Washington has eight.

"It's something we talked about all year, trying to be tough to play against at home," Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "Hopefully that's the case [Sunday]."

The Capitals are 3-9 since 2010 when they have had the opportunity to win a series.

"You can ask different people to spin it however way they want," Vigneault said. "All I know is we have to win. That's what I know about [Sunday] night."

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