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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) gives up a goal by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) in the first period of Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NHL playoffs: Caps beat Rangers 2-1

The Washington Capitals recovered from a potentially devastating loss by beating the top-seeded New York Rangers 2-1 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinal.