Caps Prevail in OT
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, is congratulated by teammates after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Washington. The Capitals won 1-0 and lead the best-of-seven games series 2-0. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington — Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby kicked, swiped, caught and otherwise kept getting in the way of the puck, matching each other save-for-save for a second shy of 68 minutes, until Mike Green scored the power-play goal in overtime that gave the Washington Capitals a sweep at home to open their playoff series against the New York Rangers.
Green nailed a one-timer from high in the slot on a feed from Mike Ribeiro precisely at the eight-minute mark of the extra period, Holtby made 24 saves for his first career playoff shutout, and the Capitals beat the Rangers 1-0 yesterday to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
With Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the penalty box for delay of game, having lifted the puck over the glass in New York’s defensive zone, the Capitals took advantage of their first power play since the first period. Ribeiro faked a slap shot, and then pushed the puck to Green, who beat Lundqvist to the glove side.
Game 3 is tomorrow in New York.
Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves for the Rangers. Holtby has saved 59 of 60 shots in the series, including 35 of 36 in Thursday’s 3-1 victory in Game 1.
A razor-thin margin in the playoffs between these teams is hardly surprising. Six of their seven games in last year’s postseason were decided by one goal, including a Rangers win that went to three overtimes. This is the third Rangers-Capitals series in three years, and five of those 14 games have required extra time to decide a winner.
Ducks 4, Red Wings 0
Detroit — Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim on a second-period power play — 18 seconds after Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman — and the Ducks went to take a 2-1 series lead over the Red Wings in the Western Conference playoffs.
Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman square in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct with 4:49 remaining in the second.
The Ducks immediately took advantage when Bonino backhanded a shot past goalie Jimmy Howard from point-blank range.
Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey scored in the third period for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made 23 saves for Anaheim.