Lundqvist Trumps Ovechkin! Rangers Defeat Capitals 4-3 in Game One

Mark SmithCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

In the end it came down to exactly what everyone predicted...Alexander Ovechkin vs. Henrik Lundqvist. 

Ovechkin was the dominant skater for the entire game. It seemed that every time he touched the puck there was a scoring opportunity.

Lundqvist made sure that it didn't matter, stopping all 13 (!) shots that Ovechkin threw at him. 

Lundqvist played spectacularly, robbing Washington of a game that they dominated, particularly in the first and third period.

On the other end of the ice, Theodore looked shaky from the start and let in a couple of goals that could have been easily stopped.

Playing without Captain Chris Drury, who was injured, the Rangers took advantage of the opportunities they had. Callahan played another hard-working effective game, Betts was terrific defensively and Antropov made some good moves to pressure Theodore. 

The stage is now set for a fantastic series. 

The Rangers will need Lundqvist to continue his sparkling performance, especially if the continue to take as many penalties as they did tonight.  

Prediction for game two: Washington 5, Rangers 3.