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Rangers hold off Ovechkin, Capitals for 3-2 victory; series tied at 1-1

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a diving save on a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin during the first period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a diving save on a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin during the first period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider, second from right, and right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrate Kreider's goal as the Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin (8) skates past during the first period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider, second from right, and right wing Jesper Fast (19) celebrate Kreider's goal as the Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin (8) skates past during the first period of Game 2 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

Chris Kreider scored 38 seconds after the opening faceoff and the New York Rangers bounced back from a tough, last-second loss and defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 Saturday.

The series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is Monday at Washington.

Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the entertaining game that featured a highlight-reel goal by Alexander Ovechkin that made the final 10 minutes exciting.

Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington and Braden Holtby made 32 saves and prevented the Capitals from being blown out early.

Game 2 will be remembered for Kreider's early goal and Ovechkin's spectacular tally in the third period, when the NHL's top goal scorer got past top defensemen Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh and beat Lundqvist with a top-shelf shot as he was falling to the ice.