Washington Capitals Lead New York Rangers 4-0 Without Avery

Martin AverySenior Writer IApril 25, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 15:  Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals battles on th eblue line against Fredrik Sjostrom #20 of the New York Rangers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin both scored in the second period to give the Washington Capitals a 4-0 lead over the New York Rangers, playing Game Five of their first round NHL playoff series without Sean Avery for the first time.

Semin scored five minutes into an otherwise dull second period to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead, and Ovechkin scored a highlight reel goal at the end of the period.

The Rangers scratched Avery for Game Five in the first round playoff series against the Capitals on a night they could end the first round playoff series. He picked up seven penalties in the past two games, including a misconduct.

The Capitals' first goal of the game was scored while the Rangers had a power play. Matt Bradley got a short-handed goal in the first couple of minutes of the game on the Capitals' first shot on net.

Minutes later, the Rangers took another penalty, when they got caught with too many men on the ice. Bradley scored again for the Capitals shortly after to take a 2-0 first period lead.

Mike Green got a goal, but it was denied.

The Rangers managed three shots against the Caps in the first period.

The Capitals were out-shooting the Rangers, as usual, and also out-hitting them, 20 to 16, half way through the second period. The Rangers had six shots on net.

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