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Nerves for New York: Caps close gap, Ovechkin hits McDonagh

New York Rangers v Washington Capitals

New York Rangers v Washington Capitals

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As of this writing, it’s hard to believe that the New York Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the third period. It’s been a dizzying series of events for the Rangers, as the Washington Capitals are now within striking distance with a 4-3 deficit thanks to a wild set of circumstances.

Evgeny Kuznetsov made a nice play to cut the lead down to 4-2 a little less than eight minutes into the third period (and about three-and-a-half minutes after Dan Boyle scored what seemed like a laugher of a 4-1 goal):

Joel Ward continued his hot play with Kuznetsov, scoring a surprising goal less than three minutes later to make it 4-3.

Alex Ovechkin generated some threatening attempts down the stretch, and left plenty of Rangers fans worried with a big hit on Ryan McDonagh.

McDonagh left for the locker room, but was at least able to briefly return.