The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals by a score of 2-1. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves, the Rangers took 29 shots on goal. The Capitals now have a 3-1 series lead.
-Boy, that was a tough loss. A win tonight would have been huge for the team, and I think most people would be very confident in the Rangers chances to eventually move on. Unfortunately it did not work out that way, and they have their work cut out for them moving forward.
For the eighth straight time in the 2015 playoffs, the Rangers played a game decided by only one goal. This one ended in a 1-0 loss, leaving them down 2-1 in the series.
The Rangers opened with another strong first period. The ice wasn’t slanted like it was in the opening periods of Games 1 & 2, but the Rangers had an 11-7 advantage in shots on goal despite Washington having the only two powerplays of the period. The Capitals had a couple prime chances on their two tries with the man advantage, including a wide open look from Ovechkin and Joel Ward batting an airborne puck just wide of the right post.
A two goal 1st period carried the Rangers to a narrow 3-2 victory in Game 2 of their second round series against the Washington Capitals, tying the series at one.
The newly formed Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast line struck quickly, as Kreider gave the Rangers the lead just 38 seconds into the game. After Kreider chipped the puck into the offensive zone, Stepan made a great play to collect a long rebound off Braden Holtby’s pads and spin around to find Fast streaking towards the net. Holtby made a great save on Fast’s chance, but the puck bounced out right to Kreider for an easy goal. Read more
The Rangers were 1.3 seconds away from forcing an overtime after tying Game 1 late, but Joel Ward cashed in on a slick feed from behind the net by Alex Ovechkin, tucking it under Henrik Lundqvist’s left pad.
The Rangers took Game 5 and the first round series from the Penguins with a 2-1 overtime win. Goaltending was a big story in the game, as Lundqvist and Fleury saw a total of 74 shots in the game, allowing only 3 goals.
The Rangers defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 in Game 3 to take a matching 2-1 series lead. Goals from Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider staked the Rangers to a two-goal lead heading into the third period, which turned out to be enough of a cushion to withstand Pittsburgh’s onslaught in the final 12 or so minutes.
The first period was a low event affair, especially so for Pittsburgh, who did not register their first shot on goal until over 15 minutes had passed (and even that first shot came from center ice). The Rangers didn’t generate a ton offensively, either, but they grabbed an early lead 8:43 in when Keith Yandle threaded a beautiful pass to a streaking Carl Hagelin, who broke in and wound up for a slap shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole. If you missed Yandle’s pass, check it out; it was quite lovely: