Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1 minute, 35 seconds into overtime after Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation to lift the host New York Rangers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.
With goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Washington's Joel Ward took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin with 21.3 seconds left in the third period. Richards tied it on the first half of the power play with just 7.6 seconds to go, and Staal won it with a drive that appeared to deflect off a Washington player before beating goalie Braden Holtby.
The win gave the top-seeded Rangers a three-games-to-two lead, and they can advance to the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday in Washington.
The Phoenix Coyotes are a step close to having an owner after three years of waiting.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league has reached a preliminary agreement to sell the team to a group headed by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.
Bettman said the league and the group would work toward reaching a formal sales agreement while Jamison negotiates with the city of Glendale, Ariz., on a new lease for Jobing.com Arena..