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Rangers 4, Capitals 3

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NEW YORK -- Derek Stepan's goal six minutes into the third period powered the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The series is even at two games apiece. Game 5 is Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington.

Dan Giradi's power-play goal 59 seconds into the third period broke a 2-2 tie, and Stepan's goal gave put the Rangers in front 4-2.

Karl Alzer cut Washington's deficit to 4-3 at 7:31 of the third period, but the Capitals couldn't get the equalizers.

New York's Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for the win. Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin scored for New York. Hagelin and Derick Brassard each had two assists.

Mathieu Perreault and Troy Brouwer had second-period goals for Washington. Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

Washington never led. New York had leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but the Caps tied the game at 2-2 on Brouwer's goal in the final minute of the second period.

NOTES: Capitals forward Brooks Laich participated in the team's early skate at Madison Square Garden. Laich had only played in nine games this season because of a groin injury and, according to multiple reports, sports hernia surgery. It is believed that he will be able to return to Washington's lineup for the Eastern Conference Semifinals provided the Capitals advance to the second round. "He's good. Obviously, he is feeling a little better. He is out there skating and handling the puck. Still a little ways away," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "I have talked to him since he has been up to skate and get out there and just handling the puck. Obviously, he can't go full speed, but just get as many touches with the puck as you can." ... Lundqvist was named one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best goaltender. He was joined by Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky and San Jose's Antti Niemi. "When people appreciate what you do, it's always a fun thing," Lundqvist said. "I am really proud and honored to be in that category with some great goalies."
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