The Rangers got off to a slow start to the game, when just 34 seconds in they committed a bench minor and gave the Capitals their first of five powerplays on the night. The Rangers continually found themselves on the penalty kill and it came back to bite them in this game. It took the Rangers until about halfway thru the first period before they started putting together solid chances that gave Braden Holtby a challenge as he was uncontested early in the first period. The Rangers were the first to get on the board when Carl Hagelin scored on a wrap around goal that kicked off of John Erskine’s skate and past Holtby, giving the Rangers a 1-0 leading going into the second period.
The second period was nightmare for the Rangers as they found themselves in penalty trouble once again, and Alex Ovechkin was able to score a powerplay goal to nod the game at one a piece. The Rangers then squandered a chance that would have given them a lead as they failed to score on a 5-on-3 powerplay. Just four minutes later the tide would turn as the Capitals would score two goals in 46 seconds, the second of which was a fluke of a goal by Jason Chimera who seems to have the Rangers number when it comes to the playoffs.
The Rangers kept the pressure on for most of the game but they were just not able to best Braden Holtby and he stopped them dead in their tracks and he absolutely deserved to be the first star of the game. The 5-0n-3 powerplay that the Rangers failed to score on was the kiss of death and it eventually cost them the game.
They played well enough to get a win, but certain things need to be fixed in game 2 for the Rangers to walk away with a victory.
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