Outstanding job by the Blueshirts last night—they stole a game on the road and have put doubts in the minds of the “experts” who saw Washington coming out of the East.
Henrik Lundqvist was brilliant despite giving up three goals. Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan played great games, and Sean Avery was productive in his own right.
Not to mention the Rangers were without their Captain, Chris Drury.
Looking ahead to Game Two, there are plenty of question marks for the second-seeded Capitals, mainly, who will be in net (I will put my money on Theodore).
If the Rangers can play there game and get control we could be looking at a 2-0 lead as the series shifts to MSG. One thing’s for sure, however—Alex Ovechkin and co. will come to play.
Here are five keys to another Blueshirt victory:
1) Take Advantage
Believe it or not, the Rangers' power play has actually been connecting. There were goals in game one as well as the season finale against Philly. A tally on the man advantage could be the difference, plus, you know Washington will get chances and the only way to counter that is score when you get yours.
Keep shooting on Jose Theodore! This seems simple enough but if the Rangers sit back it only plays into the offensive game of OV, Semin and the Caps. Getting shots on net could exploit a weak Caps defense and lead to goals. If the Rangers score like they did in game 1, I cannot see them losing a game.
3) Play to the King
Number one star of game one was clearly Henrik Lundqvist. If Hank gets in the zone, there won’t be much Washington can do. One of the best goalies in the world, tends to show up on the biggest stage…Let’s hope Saturday’s atmosphere is big enough for the King.
4) Try to “Limit” Ovechkin
The guy is going to get his one way or another. He had 13 shots in game one and missed several more wide of the net. The thing was, he did not score a goal. For the most part, the defense did a great job on him all game and they will need a repeat performance if they want to win another.
5) B-E Aggressive
The forecheck will cause problems and physical play will lead to success. John Tortorella knows this and stresses it. Hopefully it translates on the ice.
There it is, in a nutshell. The Rangers have already made a statement by stealing game one on the road. Hopefully they can make a bigger mark and bring a coveted 2-0 lead to a raucous Garden on Monday.