New York Rangers
Alex Ovechkin. He’s the guy you either love to love or love to hate. I usually have a few frustrations out at his expense. I ripped him apart in my article yesterday. However I do give credit where credit is due, and in all honesty, he did great in that last game considering all of the ice time that he had with the triple over time . He played very well in today’s game. I did say that he is an extremely talented player, but is arrogant. I think that perhaps Dale Hunter’s reducing his ice time has humbled him a bit. He showed nothing but team play in today’s 3-2 win over New York. He opened up the scoring and helped carry his team through the game to the end for the victory. It did surprise me that Hunter didn’t have him in the last few minutes of power play. Mike Green showed that he too could save the day when he made his game winning power play goal. Here is how it all went down:
New York’s Anton Stralman gave Washinton their first power play when he went off two minutes for interference. The Capitals came out strong with their penalty kill, and Alexander Ovechkin put them on the score board at 12:43 with an unassisted slap shot goal. King Hank stopped him short of making a 2nd at 17:05. Possibly the best save of the game:
Artem Anisimov tied it up at 1:10 of the second with a wrist shot, assisted by Girardi and Boyle. Joel Ward then put the Capitals in a penalty kill of their own when he got two for holding at 9:30. At 11:54 Nicklas Backstrom put the Caps up 2-1 with a wrist shot, assisted by Chimera and Ward. At 12:57 Ovechkin got 2 minutes for charging, when his feet left the ice for a hit. I’m wondering if a Shanaban will be handed out, or at least a fine. Marian Gaborik slipped a wrist shot past Holtby at 16:43, assisted by Anisimov and Staal.
Carl Hagelin gave the Rangers the fatal penalty kill at 13:45 when he carelessly got 2 minutes for slashing. Mike Green took the opportunity to capitalize on the power play and slapped a beautiful shot in to win the game, assisted by Wideman.
In the post game interview, Rangers head coach John Tortorella was a man of few words.
The series is now tied 2-2.