The Rangers struck first in Game 5, but the Capitals tied it up in the second period and the two teams head into the final intermission tied 1-1.
Washington center Brooks Laich scored the tying goal, beating Henrik Lundqvist. The goal was a bit of a right spot at the right time situation as the puck deflected off a Ranger and right to Laich, who buried the shot past Lundqvist.
The Rangers outshot the Capitals 9-6 in the second period but were unable to capitalize on either of their two power-play opportunities. That has been a common theme for New York in this series, as the Rangers have scored on just two of their 16 power-play opportunities.