With the Rangers down 3-1 and trying to claw their way back into the game late in the third, defenseman John Moore came about as close as possible to whittling the Capitals' lead with 3:56 remaining in regulation.
Although Moore's short-side attempt was initially ruled a no goal, play was stopped for several minutes as officials reviewed the play.
Caps netminder Braden Holtby managed to snag Moore's attempt with his blocker, which appeared to be in the net, but there was no clear view of the puck crossing the line.
"I thought it went in," Moore said, "[but] I haven't seen a replay or anything."
Moore sounded resigned to the call, however, and vowed to put it away next time.
"I'm no expert on the rulebook, but there has to be a definitive puck across the line and there's a lot of equipment and bodies right there at the net," Moore said. "Again, it was a bang-bang play. It was tough for me to see it. It's probably even tougher for the official to see it, but hindsight is 20-20 with the luxury of slow-motion and everything. I've just got to put it through the net next time."
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Alex Ovechkin's second-period power-play marker was his first playoff goal of 2013 but the 31st of his career, a franchise record for Washington. Ovechkin entered Thursday's game tied with Peter Bondra.
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Birthday boy Jason Chimera, who turned 34 Thursday, tallied his eighth career playoff goal. Of those eight, six have come against the Rangers.