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Capitals Top Rangers 2-1 in OT, Take Series Lead

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Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals is defended by Dan Girardi #5 and Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals is defended by Dan Girardi #5 and Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Friday night to regain the momentum — and the lead — in their first-round playoff series.

Ribeiro put in the puck after Troy Brouwer deflected a shot from the blue line.

The Capitals lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in New York.

The home team has won every game in the series, with Washington taking the first two and New York pulling even in Games 3 and 4. The Capitals have been fighting history along the way: The franchise has lost eight playoff series in which it has held a two-game lead.

Brian Boyle scored for New York in the first minute. Joel Ward tied it in the second period.

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