The Caps were on the wrong side of the exchange one last time. Derek Stepan redirected a Rick Nash shot past Holtby with less than seven minutes left in regulation. It was enough time for one last comeback, but the Caps managed just three shots on goal in the last 6:25, none in the last 1:54 in which they they had a power play and what amounted to a six-on-four advantage for the last 90 seconds of the game after they pulled Holtby.
A goal by Karl Alzner 90 seconds later through a maze of bodies in front of Lundqvist got the Caps close once more, but Lundqvist turned away the last eight Capital shots over the last 12:29 after the Alzner goal, and the Rangers were even in the series.
Martin Erat, for whom the Capitals traded one of their top prospects, played three games plus four minutes in Game 4. His absence in Games 4-7 might have been missed just enough required some juggling among the forward lines.