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“My head was spinning around trying to see what the [heck] he was doing,” Capitals defenseman Tom Poti said.

30.3 seconds: Losing his balance and with the Rangers’ Aaron Voros about to land on him, Ovechkin backhands the shot past Lundqvist.

“I wish I could do it,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It was pretty nice.”

Where does it rank in Ovechkin’s best? Certainly not in the category of the miracle against Phoenix his rookie season, but it’s up there.

“He’s got a lot of goals to put in a scrapbook,” Pothier said. “It reminded me of the goal against Montreal [this season]. He never gives up on a play. The goalie never knows what to expect; even if he’s on his back or whatever, he’s going to shoot.”

Said center Nicklas Backstrom: “Maybe top 10. He has such incredible goals every year.”

Ovechkin leads the series with 38 shots on goal and will need to star if the Caps are to extend the series with a Game 6 win Sunday. And if the final period of Game 4 and all of Game 5 are any indication, Ovechkin plans on willing his team to Game 7 on Tuesday night.

“It’s our goal,” he said of returning home. “We never give up.”