It took them forty minutes, but the New York Rangers finally got all the parts moving in sync in the third period of their opening game in the Eastern semi final against the Washington Capitals.
The Rangers can thank Henry Lundqvist for holding them in the game in the first two periods, the Capitals had this opening game for the taking but couldn't convert on their opportunities upon periods one and two, leaving the opening for the Rangers to snap out of their offensive lethargy which they did in the third.
When they did, it was the newest Ranger Chris Kreider, who made the difference a goal and an assist helped pace the Rangers on to the eventual 3-1 victory, as the Blue Shirts managed to shake some goals out of the more than reliable Braden Holtby in the Capital net.
It wasn't particularly Holtby's fault that the Rangers found success, defensive miscues in the Capital end provided the opportunities, which the Rangers made the best of when it counted the most.
The Capitals will have to be a tad more focused in their own end should they wish to draw even with the Rangers in game two and send the series to Washington squared up by night's end.
Game Two-- Washington 3 at New York 2
The series is tied at 1 game each
Previews and Reviews
NY Post-- Rangers lose to Capitals in Game 2; series tied
NY Post-- Gaborik must show up for Rangers to have shot at Cup
NY Post-- Ovechkin key for Capitals in Game 2 win over Rangers
NY Post-- Capitals stop on Rangers' Kreider was crucial
NY Daily News-- Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores game winner in 3-2 win...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers have very little margin for error in Games 3 and 4 ...
NY Daily News-- Capitals' Alex Ovechkin hears it from Madison Square Garden and his ...
Washington Post-- Alex Ovechkin helps Capitals get even with Rangers
Washington Post-- Alex Ovehckin's ice time is an elephant in the room as Caps-Rangers...
Washington Post-- Mike Knuble, Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward are carrying the team...
Washington Times-- Capitals even series with Rangers on Ovechkin's goal
Washington Times-- Fire on the bench: Rangers play Tortorella's way
Washington Times-- Capital's make a few "Black Aces" recalls
Globe and Mail-- Alex Ovechkin the role player?
Globe and Mail-- Ovechkin's late goal lifts Caps over Rangers
National Post-- Capitals' Ovechkin comes through with game winner to even series...
NY Post-- Rangers rookie Kreider on path from college to Cup
NY Post-- Ranges' Boyle has 'no idea' if he'll play in Game 2
NY Post-- Rangers' Tortorella finalist for coach of the year
NY Daily News-- Marian Gaborik frustrated by slump, NY Rangers' regular season leader ..
NY Daily News-- With Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle banged up, NY Rangers turn to ...
NY Daily News-- NY Rangers' Ruslan Fedotenko raises game for playoffs ...
Washington Post-- Alex Ovechkin knows he need to be better in Game 2 vs. Rangers
Washington Post-- Will Alex Ovechkin see time on the right wing in Game 2?
Washington Post-- Rangers look to put the heat on Braden Holtby
Washington Post-- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist: "We need to win this one"
Washington Times-- Capitals realize need for more emotion in Game 2
Washington Times-- Caps lacking contributions from core players
Washington Times-- Jeff Schultz returns to Capitals' lineup for Game 2 at Rangers
Washington Times-- Alexander Semin on fourth line; How long will it last?
Globe and Mail-- Is Dale Hunter's tough love what the Caps needed?
Globe and Mail-- Is Semin in the Capitals' playoff doghouse?
National Post-- Capitals look to keep grinding in Game 2
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