New York nearly tied the game less than 5 minutes into the second when a crisp passing play between Marc Staal and Artem Anisimov got Mike Rupp free in front of Holtby. Rupp shifted from forehand to backhand and put a shot on goal that Holtby smothered.
The Capitals had a golden chance, too, when a shot by Ovechkin trickled behind Lundqvist and rolled on its edge across the crease. Lundqvist fell back on it as players from both teams converged on him.
NOTES: Chimera has scored in three straight playoff games at Madison Square Garden, including his overtime tally last year that won Game 4 of the first round for Washington. He has only six career playoff goals. ... Both teams used their timeout in the second period to give players a rest following icing calls. ... Rangers coach John Tortorella was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given to the NHL coach of the year. Tortorella won it in 2004 with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. ... Kreider turned 21 on Monday.