The New York Rangers did something not many people thought they would do. Firstly, not many people out there thought the Rangers would win playoff opener against the Washington Capitals, they did just that.
Secondly, if the Rangers were going to win, it had to be in front of a stellar performance by Henrik Lundqvist keeping the score low.
While Lundqvist was spectacular, he stopped 32 of 35 en route to earning the win, New York didn't necessarily win because of him. The Blueshirts went out and scored some goals.
They also didn't keep Alexander Ovechkin out of the game. While Ovie was held to zero goals, he did chip in two assists.
They also didn't do it on the penalty kill, allowing Washington to go 2-for-7 on the power play.
The game winning goal was a beauty though. The Rangers had just killed of Markus Naslund's first penalty of the third period by clearing the puck to him as he was coming out of the box.
Then Naslund found Brandon Dubinsky skating up the left wing and skated into what should've been a two-on-two. However, Dubinsky turned the Capital defenseman inside out getting a two-on-one and putting a nice wrister by Jose Theodore.
One prediction was right I guess in order for the Rangers to get the win. Theodore was anything but good. Hopefully for the Ranger faithful he will look like that the rest of the way.
Tomas Fleischmann scored the games first goal tipping in an Ovechkin shot on the Power Play. Mike Green was also credited with an assist.
About 69 seconds later Scott Gomez evened up the game with a wrist shot.
Then the second period saw a crazy end as the Rangers scored two Power Play goals, just 1:39 apart. Scott Gomez assisted on both giving him a game high three points.
Nik Antropov scored the first at 16:49 with an additional assist from Paul Mara. The second scored by Markus Naslund saw Wade Redden credited with a secondary assist.
If that wasn't enough, Washington got one of those goals back before the buzzer with a Viktor Kozlov goal at 19:11 assisted by Niklas Backstrom and John Erskine.
An early third period penalty called against Dan Girardi gave the Capitals the opportunity to get even again. Just 82 seconds into the period Alexander Semin scored the game tying goal assisted by Ovechkin and Green.
Then at 11:43 Dubinsky scored the game winner from Naslund and Antropov.
The game winner earned Dubinsky third star of the game honors with Gomez being named the second star and Ovechkin taking home first star.
Game 2 will be played in Washington again at the Verizon Center on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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