Caps storm past Rangers, take Game 1

Caps storm past Rangers, take Game 1
May 2, 2013, 10:15 pm
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How it happened: The Caps received goals from Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera in a span of 8 minutes, 6 seconds of the second period, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.

What it means: The Caps took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, with Game 2 Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

Pivotal moments(s): With 10:30 remaining in the third period Carl Hagelin had Braden Holtby beaten but rang a shot off the post, keeping the Rangers two goals behind. Then, with 4:03 remaining, Rangers defenseman John Moore snuck a shot off the right post and off the back of Holtby’s right torso. Moore celebrated but after more than 4 minutes of review in the NHL’s war room in Toronto it was ruled no goal.

(CLICK HERE to watch all three of Washington's goals vs. New York in Game 1)

Stevie O: In his first career playoff game Steve Oleksy sprung Johansson loose with a nice lead pass to give the Caps their first lead of the playoffs. He also drew two penalties and took a puck to the chin from Derek Brassard.

Laich skating: Brooks Laich [sports hernia surgery] skated at Kettler early on Thursday, fueling hope that he may return to the lineup sometime in the second round. Joel Ward returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a bruised left knee. He saw time on the penalty kill.

The Rangers were without forwards Brian Boyle (leg), Ryan Clowe (leg) and Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) and defenseman Marc Staal (eye). Boyle, Staal and Dorsett are skating and the Rangers could have Boyle and Staal before the end of this series.

Standing O-vi: Ovechkin received a standing ovation when it was announced on the scoreboard that he was awarded with his third Rocket Richard Trophy with an NHL-high of 32 goals in the regular season.

What’s next: The two teams will practice on Friday and resume their series Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at Verizon Center.