Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/1/12

Even in a game in which Alex Ovechkin is being razzed by the opposing crowd and largely disrespected by his own coach, he is hardly the player on the Capitals that the Rangers want to see with the puck on his stick with a chance to be the difference-maker in the second-round series between the teams.

Ovechkin played sparingly in the first two periods -- and finished with a playoff-low 13:36 of ice time -- yet his power-play wrister with barely seven minutes remaining in regulation lifted Washington to a series-evening 3-2 win Monday at Madison Square Garden.

"First I saw it, then I didn't see it, and then I saw it. It was a hard shot, it was a good shot," Henrik Lundqvist said of Ovechkin's wrister through traffic from just inside the blueline to snap a 2-2 tie. "Unfortunately, someone got tied up and he got a free lane. It's the wrong guy to (give) that opportunity (to)."

It certainly was the wrong time to take back-to-back penalties for the Rangers, who had overcome a 2-0 first-period deficit on goals by Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan to swing the momentum and the home crowd behind them with a chance to seize a 2-0 series lead later in the third period or overtime.

"They came out hard... They were more desperate than they were (in Game 1)," Callahan said. "I thought they competed a lot harder and we expected that... At the same time, I think we need to raise our level.

"We have to grate more. It's a matter of trying to win every battle. We have to go into Washington now and try to get Game 3."

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