Sunday, May 3, 2015

Life is Better! Ranger tie series 1-1

Well, friggin yay!   That is five!  The Rangers came up huge on Saturday, and for the first time in 20 years won a game 2 at home, defeating the Washington Capitals 3-2 and evening the 2nd round series at one game apiece.

It wasn’t decisive – those damned Capitals kept coming – and twice they cut 2 goals deficits in half.  But in the end the Rangers held on for the 3-2 win.  The victory staved off disaster – keeping the Rangers from a 2-0 hole.  It doesn’t erase the pain of the last second loss in game one – but is was a huge step in the right direction.

Hanks was a monster again – stopping .938 of the shots that came his way - including a few spectacular saves. 

Chris Kreider got the Rangers rolling in the game’s first minute – netting the Holtby rebound to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.  And then later in the first – Dan Boyle came to the party as well.  Boyle hustled on the power play to keep the puck from clearing the zone- then shot the puck perfectly in the upper left hand quarter of the net for the 2-0 lead. 

In the 2nd Ovechkin drew two Ranger defenseman to him and passed the puck to a wide-open Evgeny Kuznetsov who beat Hank for a 2-1 deficit.

In the third it was Derek Brassard to the rescue.  Brassard got the puck alone in front and just spun it between the Capital Goaltender’s pads for the 3-1 lead.

But of course – a few minutes later it was Ovechkin again – splitting two Ranger defensemen and banging the puck past Lundqvist as the Russian fell to the ice.

That made it 3-2 – but the Rangers and Lundqvist would let them get no further and Rangers hung on for the 3-2 win

What Did We Learn?  That the Rangers are still in this series.

Assist “Sisters”:   One each for Fast, Stepan, St. Louis, and Nash.

Did Special Teams Determine The Outcome Of This Game?  Happily we can say yes in a good way.  The Ranger’s hit on one of their four powerplays and shut the Caps out in their lone extra skater chance,

Where Do We Stand?  Tied 1-1 in round 2.

Oh My - What Will Happen Next?  Monday night in Washington DC for game 3.

Non-Sequitur of the day:  A lot of sports today – but this was my favorite outcome.

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