New York Rangers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko (26) and right wing Brandon Prust (8) battle for the puck with Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz
CAPTION: May 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko (26) and right wing Brandon Prust (8) battle for the puck with Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz (55), defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) and goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the first period in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Shane Doan would miss a breakaway chance, but the Coyotes scored shortly after. Their two goals were enough to see the job through.
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Most of the games in this series were low-scoring, grind-it-out affairs, and Game 5 was no exception. Nashville just couldn't overcome a 2-0 deficit and fell 2-1.
Down and up
Shea Weber's physical play was big for Nashville's defense, but on the other end, the Predators had trouble solving Mike Smith in just about every game of the series.
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Mikkel Boedker of the Phoenix Coyotes tries to take the puck off the stick of Gabriel Bourque of the Nashville Predators. Phoenix won Game 5 2-1 and won the series 4-1. They will battle the Los Angeles Kings for the right to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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On the cold seat
Coyotes center Antoine Vermette tries to recover from a collision with Predators defenseman Shea Weber. After beating the Red Wings in five games, the Predators were knocked out in five by Phoenix.
The Rangers were able to celebrate a wild Game 5 win. After tying the score with just seven seconds remaining in regulation, New York didn't need long to notch the win and 3-2 series lead in overtime.
John Carlson celebrates his go-ahead goal in the third period with teammate Alexander Semin. The Caps thought they had their first comeback win of the series in the bag.
First in the first
Anton Stralman gave the Rangers a first-period lead, and it was his first point of the series.
Capping it off?
John Carlson gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the third period, and it was the first time all series long the Caps took a lead in a game in which the Rangers scored first.
The series has been physical, but not dirty. Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel did take his chance to blast Capitals left-winger Jason Chimera during the first period of Game 5.
Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals tries not to slide into Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Hendricks has registered just one point in the series against New York through five games.
Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in Game 5.
Light the lamp
The Rangers celebrate a goal in the first period of Game 5 against the Caps. The team which has scored first has gone on to win all five games.
Fight for it
The Rangers and Capitals played a memorable Game 5 on Monday, with New York prevailing with an early goal in overtime.