Surprise, Surprise: Rangers Blank Capitals for 2-0 Series Lead

Eric SalomonContributor IApril 19, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 18: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes the save as Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks for a rebound during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. Dan Girardi #5 of the Rangers also helps out. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 1-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Henrikl Lundqvist put on a one-man show Saturday afternoon and his stage was the Verizon Center. The New York Rangers goaltender saved 35 of 35 shots and Ryan Callahan provided the only goal of the game for a Rangers shutout win.

After plummeting out of playoff contention earlier this year, few expected the Rangers to make the playoffs, let alone win two straight games against a team like the Capitals.

The high-powered offense of the Capitals led by Alexander Ovechkin tagged the Rangers for three goals Wednesday night, but that was not enough as they fell 4-3. 

Coming into this series, it was thought that Lundqvist would have to be near-perfect in oder for the Rangers to advance. He was not perfect Wednesday, but could not have been better Saturday. 

Callahan's goal came at 7:34 in the first period off of feeds from Markus Naslund and Brandon Dubinsky. Lundqvist faced 13 shots in the first period, 16 in the third, and a mere 6 in the secod. 

The next game will be Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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