First I would like to congratulate the Washington Capitals on their first two playoff games. They outplayed the Rangers in both games, which couldn’t have been predicted. Second, I would like to say I told you so. I mentioned in my series preview that the pairing of Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin would play perfect together. In game one, Green fed the puck to Ovechkin to tie the game. In game two, the OT winner was scored by Green, and Ovechkin was listed as an assistor along with Mike Ribeiro. One player I underestimated Steve Oleksy. He had a perfect lead pass in game one to Marcus Johansson to get the go-ahead goal.
Game one was a good one. Braden Holtby faced 36 shots, letting only one goal go past him. Henrik Lundqvist saved 27 of 30 shots faced. The first goal came from Carl Hagelin, who danced around a defender behind Holtby and had a nice wrap-around goal. That would be the only goal in the first period. The second period was where Washington Capital-ized (sorry for the pun!). Ovechkin scored, then eight minutes later, Johansson had the goal that he received from Oleksy. Not even a minute later, Jason Chimera scored a goal from outside of the faceoff circle. It was a turn-around shot that somehow got past Hank. It was a nice birthday present to himself as he turned 34.
Game two is what I call a perfect game. It was scoreless through 60 minutes of play, so the only goal would decide the game. Braden Holtby had 24 saves all game, while Lundqvist stopped 37 of 38 shots. Eight minutes into the OT period, Mike Green receives a pass from Mike Ribeiro on the power play, which Green took a one-timer and put the puck right past Lundqvist. It was a perfect goal. The penalty that helped Washington win was a Delay of Game penalty on Ryan McDonagh, for shooting the puck over the glass. Knowing how John Tortorella coaches, I bet McDonagh didn’t leave that locker room without getting a few choice words from Torts.
I didn’t think Washington was going to take the first two games, but everything can change in New York. I think the Rangers are going to tie the series in New York. They are coming off of two losses on the road and they want to make some noise in their home arena. What do you think, can the Rangers tie up the series in New York, or is Washington going to push them further into the dirt?
I want to hear your opinion! Comment in the box below or Tweet me @NardoneDylan. You can also follow our website on Twitter @TMMotS and you can even email us at [email protected] Thank you for reading!