Absolute Classic in the Capital
Well I expected a close, defensive game in tonights New York Ranger vs. Washington Capita game, but even I didn’t see that one coming. SInce I am exhausted after watching this classic, I’ll make this short and sweet. The Rangers beat the Capitals in 3 Overtimes tonight in Washington D.C. If you didn’t see this game, you missed an absolute beauty. The Rangers and Capitals played physical, played smart, and battled for just about 115 minutes.
The Rangers got on the board first, with a second period goal by Ryan Callahan. Quickly, Washington tied the game as John Carlson beat Lundqvist. For the rest of the game, Henrik and Braden Holtby shut down literally everything. Lundqvist saw 46 shots, and saved 45 of them. Holtby faced 49, saving 47. It was an absolute clinic of goaltending. On top of that, these two team are the two best in the league at sacrificing their body and blocking shots. Imagine throwing yourself in front of a 95 mph puck! It takes real balls to do what all these guys do routinely. Much more courage then fighting a fire extinguisher!
Marion Gaborik finally showed a pulse, ending the game 14 minutes into the third OT. He received a perfect pass from veteran Brad Richards and stuffed it home to give the Rangers a 2-1 series lead. Thank the lord these teams have two days to recover before they take the ice again. Look for another tightly contested game on Saturday, and I expect the Rangers to take this momentum and play strong in Game 4. Look for Lundqvist to keep the Capitals at bay and bring the series back to the Garden up 3 games to 1.