The Capitals defeated the Rangers today by a score of 1-0 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. For a box score, click here.
Gonna point out a few things before getting to the OT goal….
The start to the game was much, much better. The Rangers were able to sustain pressure in the offensive zone and nearly scored when Stralman rang one off the crossbar.
For whatever reason, perhaps the early start had something to do with it, the Rangers could never sustain pressure in the Caps' offensive zone. Only 24 shots on goal in 68 minutes. Washington dominated play for large swath's of today's game.
Derrick Brassard was money in the circle. Brad Richards…. not so much, 4-14 including 1-5 in the defensive zone.
The Rangers gave up quite a few more odd-man rushes than normal. Luckily for the Rangers, Lundqvist was more than on his game today.
There truly are no adjectives worthy enough to describe Henrik's play in net, gotta feel awful for the guy today. Only beaten off a slapper deflected in by his own man.
Rick Nash played better after a hapless first period. Disregarding Mike Milbury's first intermission comments about him, Nash needs to be the Rangers' best player every night if the team wishes to advance through the playoffs. At times, Nash's effort hasn't been where it needs to be.
Speaking of effort, you could question about 90% of the Ranger roster over how bad do they truly want it….
Now for the goal…. I'm not sure what Callahan was thinking by stepping in front of John Moore, who was in perfect position to block a potential Ribeiro shot. Ribeiro anticipated Callahan going down to block the shot which allowed him to easily feed a wide open Mike Green for the one-timer that deflected off of Stepan on the way to beating Lundqvist past the glove.
Rangers running on fumes. 0 shots in OT now on PK
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) May 4, 2013
Not all the blame falls on Callahan, however. Prior to Ryan McDonagh getting called putting the puck over the glass, McDonagh was in the midst of the THREE MINUTE SHIFT. Clearly, Torts doesn't care about conditioning by leaving his top defenseman on the ice in for far too long with multiple chances to get off. Even friend of the NYR Blog Dennis Bernstein from The 4th period saw the writing on the wall with that tweet immediately after McDonagh's penalty.
Success isn't on the Rangers side when falling behind 2-0 in a series, they've only come back once in franchise history when they ran off 4 straight against Montreal back in 1996.
Time for Staal to suit up Game 3, he doesn't have to get his usual minutes if he's not comfortable, but the Rangers will be fighting for their lives on Monday back at MSG… what is there to lose?
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