Playoff Game 1: Capitals 2 Rangers 1 OT


Capitals lead the series 1-0.

Quick Recap

Washington made an effort this season to change their system and refocus on the defensive side of the puck and for one game at least it paid off.

Washington limited the New York Rangers to 25 shots and 1 goal through 3 periods and part of overtime. The Capitals carried the play for long stretches at a time but the shot blocking and clutch goaltending of the Rangers kept them in the game.

The Rangers had a 1-0 lead late in the 3rd period but Alexander Ovechkin cashed in on a goal mouth scrum in which the puck trickled into the goal after some hacking and whacking by Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.

After a brief review, the goal was upheld and it was the right call.

In overtime, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was fatigued after playing 33:48 during the game. He casually flipped the puck up the boards – right to Capitals center Jason Arnott who immediately fed a cross ice pass to Semin who blasted one past a helpless Henrik Lundqvist.

Staal finished the game a -2. I expect he will have a lighter workload next game.

Scoring Summary

First Period: No Goals.

Second Period: No Goals.

Third Period
NYR GOAL 1:56 Matt Gilroy (1) – Assists: Wojtek Wolski (1) and Brandon Prust (1)

WAS GOAL 13:44 Alex Ovechkin (1) – Assists: Alexander Semin (1) and Mike Green (1)

Overtime 1:
WAS GOAL 18:24 Alexander Semin (1) – Assists: Jason Arnott (1)

3 Stars

3rd Star: Matt Gilroy (1 goal)
2nd Star: Alex Ovechkin (1 goal)
1st Star: Alex Semin (1 goal, 1 assist)

News and Notes

  • Washington outshot New York 33-25 – the Rangers will likely get outshot all series long.
  • The Rangers will need more from star play Marian Gaborik. He had 4 shots tonight but needs to carry the team into the next round.
  • Ryan Callahan is really missed by this Ranger team. They need someone to step up and replace his physicality and production if they wish to advance.