The Washington Capitals took a 3-2 series lead in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Friday night inside Verizon Center, winning 2-1 in overtime on a goal from Mike Ribeiro. Down early following a goal from Brian Boyle after less than a minute, the Capitals killed off four penalties in the first and second periods, dug in their heels, and slowly began to battle their way back. The tying goal came off the stick of Joel Ward on a power play in the second period before the two teams ground out the rest of regulation. Ribeiro cashed in down front in to an empty net after a Karl Alzner shot, pounding the loose puck past Henrik Lundqvist on Washington’s 35th shot of the night. Braden Holtby rebounded nicely, making 24 saves in the win.
The Capitals got off to a very poor start in this one, evidenced by Boyle’s goal after less than a minute, but settled down to absolutely dominate the Rangers in terms of even strength shots. The third period was particularly tilted in the Capitals’ favor, as they outshot the Blueshirts 13-4 in that frame and got chance after chance, only to be thwarted by Henrik Lundqvist. Regardless of the result, seeing such an encouraging even strength performance in terms of puck possession was encouraging to say the least, especially after the complete eggs Washington laid in New York in this regard. Now going back to Madison Square Garden for game six, they must maintain that pressure on the road in order to have a decent chance.no comments