NHL Playoffs: Brad Richards Ties Game with 6.6 Seconds Left in Regulation

Isaac SmithAnalyst IMay 7, 2012

Brad Richards didn't really know how he scored, but he didn't care. Richards' power play goal with 6.6 seconds to go in regulation rescued his New York Rangers from the jaws of defeat and tied the game at two.

The Rangers probably felt like the game was beginning to feel like the "Braden Holtby Show" as they threw everything but the kitchen sink at Holtby over the first 59 minutes of the game with only one goal to show for their efforts.

But Washington's Joel Ward took a double high-sticking penalty with 21 seconds to go in regulation, and the Capitals would pay.

The 36th Rangers' shot on goal probably should have been another stop for Holtby, but he could not cover the puck in time, and after a mad goal-mouth scramble, Richards poked the puck from underneath Holtby's outstretched blocker and into the back of the net.

Richards' last gasp effort set up some more Rangers' heroics in overtime as Marc Staal netted the game-winner just 1:25 into the extra session.

For the Capitals, they were burned on their penalty kill not just once on the Brad Richards game-tying goal with seconds to go, but the Rangers also converted on the back half of the Joel Ward double minor penalty on Marc Staal's game winning goal.

The Rangers now go back to Washington with a chance to close out the series up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with the Capitals.


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