Mike Green's third period power play goal turned out to be the game-winner as the Washington Capitals topped the New York Rangers, 3-2. The win evens the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at 2-2, and it eliminates any momentum the Rangers held after a triple overtime triumph in Game 3.
New York never held a lead in the hockey game. The Capitals scored the opening goal on an Alex Ovechkin shot off a Chris Kreider turn over, and after Artem Anisimov tied the game at 1-1, Nicklas Backstrom grabbed momentum right back in the form of an incredible shift that resulted in a goal.
Marian Gaborik scored the Rangers' second goal about five minutes after Backstrom's tally to tie the score, but the Rangers ran out of clock late in the third and couldn't respond to Green's eventual game-winner.
The officiating was questionable on both sides, perhaps most notably late in the third period when it appeared that Mike Knuble had knocked a puck clean over the glass with his glove. The officials gathered and decided not to give New York a power play.
Game 5 will be played Monday at Madison Square Garden.