WOW!!!! What a win! The Washington Capitals shocked the New York Rangers, beating them 2-1 on one of the craziest goals you’ll ever see! The Washington Capitals and Rangers were tied with two seconds left. Suddenly, Joel Ward parked himself in the crease like he’s done so well in the playoffs. Nicklas Backstrom pried the puck loose and got it to Alex Ovechkin, who found a way to get the puck to Ward. Ward scored to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win!
The Washington Capitals started the game very slowly, as they struggled to get their skates going. Of the first 11 shots on goal, the Rangers had eight of them. However, the Caps found their legs and were able to take advantage of a penalty by Dominic Moore. Ovechkin scored by blowing a shot past Henrik Lundqvist that was simply out of this world. Lundqvist was in perfect position and it didn’t even matter. John Carlson got his fourth postseason assist and Braden Holtby (yes, Holtby) got his first secondary assist of the playoffs. He’s just the third Caps goaltender ever to get an assist on a power play in the playoffs.
The Washington Capitals skated well for most of the game, but were unable to completely put the game away. At the beginning of the third period, the Caps That almost cost them in the third period when Jesper Fast got a deflection past Holtby to tie the game at one goal each. We were all expecting an overtime, but hey, Ward didn’t get that memo. I’m fine with that.
Overall, a huge win for the Caps. Karl Alzner and Matt Niskanen had a rough night on the ice. Brooks Orpik and Carlson were both great, though they both committed penalties. Orpik’s was questionable at best, but Carlson’s was actually a good one since his kept Rick Nash from going on a breakaway. Ovechkin had an outstanding night with a goal and an assist. Henrik robbed him of a few chances and he narrowly missed a second goal from the boards when his shot hit the crossbar. Mike Green had an incredible night defensively. He bailed out Tim Gleason several times. Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t get any points, but he was a force all night long. Looked really strong defensively.
I said that this game would come down to the goaltenders, and it did. Henrik and Holtby were both outstanding between the pipes, but this time, Holtby was just a little bit better. Tensions were flaring after the game, so you know game two is going to be nuts.