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Ovechkin rescues Capitals with game-winner

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Ovechkin rescues Capitals with game-winner

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin silenced the Madison Square Garden crowd that had been taunting him for two games. If he can fire up the fans back at home, too, the Washington Capitals could be in store for a deep run in the NHL playoffs. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining to end a tie and give the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday. Just under 6 minutes after Ryan Callahan got the Rangers even with a power-play goal, Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead for good after they squandered a 2-0 lead. Whether Ovechkin heard the derisive chants that greeted him every time there were 8 minutes left -- matching his uniform number -- in each period or not, they certainly didn't knock him off his game. Despite diminished minutes in the playoffs, Ovechkin is still every bit as dangerous during crunch time. "Ovi is a team guy and he is cheering his guys on," Capitals coach Dale Hunter said. "He knows what these guys are going through at the end of the game. They've got to go out and slide and block shots. He appreciates that. "The one thing is that he has been real fresh for the power play." Ovechkin struck off a clean faceoff win by Nicklas Backstrom, firing a shot from inside the blue line past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. "First I saw it, then I didn't see it, and then I saw it," Lundqvist said. "It was a hard shot. It was a good shot. Unfortunately, someone got tied up and he got a free lane. It's the wrong guy to get that opportunity." Ovechkin was also surprised to find room to maneuver. "Nicky wins the faceoff, and I kind of turned and felt like I was going to have some pressure," he said, "but when I turned, I saw that nobody came to me."

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Isaiah Wynn out for the season; Merloni remembers time with PawSox

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Isaiah Wynn out for the season; Merloni remembers time with PawSox

1:26 - The Red Sox got back into the win column on Friday night, beating the Rays 7-3 thanks to some clutch hitting from Xander Bogaerts and 3 and a third shutout innings from the bullpen. Tom Giles, Lou Merloni and Danielle Trotta break down the game and the performance from the pen.

5:57 - A day removed from the Patriots preseason win over the Eagles, Andy Hart, Phil Perry and Trenni Kusnierek discuss their biggest takeaways from the game, including how the loss of rookie tackle Isaiah Wynn will impact the team.

11:30 - With the Pawtucket Red Sox announcing Friday that the team will be moving to Worcester in 2021, Lou Merloni takes a trip down memory lane and tells some of his favorite stories from his days playing for the Paw Sox.

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