Green fiiiiires....SCAAAR! (Greg Fiume, Getty)
The Washington Capitals won game two of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon, prevailing 1-0 in overtime on a Mike Green power play goal. Both teams generated chances constantly during the game and the only reason that the contest remained scoreless as long as it did was the stellar play of Braden Holtby in Washington’s net but particularly Henrik Lundqvist, who rebounded from a below-par game (for him) on Thursday to nearly steal a result for his team in this game. Holtby finished the game with 24 stops for his first career playoff shutout as Washington took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since the Conference Quarterfinals in 2011, when they also played the Rangers and won a series in five.
How about Mike Green. Perhaps no player on the Capitals has caught more flak than Green over the last three years other than Alex Ovechkin, and Green has spent the last three months thumbing his nose at those critics in a tremendously entertaining and thrilling fashion. Even when Green was putting up 65 points a season, he was ripped for all of the things that he didn’t do. Now, he’s returned to his form as one of the best pure offensive defensemen in the game, and it’s not just because of this goal, his first career playoff overtime winner. He’s been dominant consistently over the last two months and has gotten the offensive results to prove. I’ll never forget that I was once told the Caps should trade him for Douglas Murray – and that would be a steal for Washington.no comments