Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kuznetsov's Ot Goal Puts Capitals Closer to Spot in Playoffs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kuznetsov's Ot Goal Puts Capitals Closer to Spot in Playoffs

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Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 38 seconds into overtime Wednesday night to help the Washington Capitals move closer to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance by beating the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Capital One Arena in Washington.

Kuznetsov's goal came after Washington's Lars Eller tied it with 1:05 left in the third period with goaltender Braden Holtby pulled for an extra attacker.

Holtby stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced to look more like the Vezina Trophy winner than he had shown in recent months.

Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington, which has won five games in a row and leads the Metropolitan Division.

It was New York's first game out of contention since 2004.

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