Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro (right) celebrates scoring the game-winning overtime goal against Rangers during Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at the Verizon Center in Washington, May 10, 2013. (RICHARD CLEMENT/Reuters)
WASHINGTON - Mike Ribeiro is no longer due.
That's because the slick centre just delivered what could go down as the biggest goal of his NHL career.
At the very least, the most timely one.
With his Washington Capitals knotted 1-1 and tied 2-2 in this series with the New York Rangers, Ribeiro got to the crease and was quick to pounce on a rebound after Karl Alzner's blast from the left point.
When the puck landed on his stick, Ribeiro beat Henrik Lundqvist cleanly to propel the Capitals to a 2-1 victory at 9:26 of the first overtime on Friday night at Verizon Center.
"I don't remember the last one," said Ribeiro, a 33-year-old who is a pending unrestricted free agent. "It's hard for me to remember yesterday. I'm getting old."