In overtime, Mike Green blasts winner for Caps

In overtime, Mike Green blasts winner for Caps
May 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrates with Capitals center Mike Ribeiro (9) and Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against the New York Rangers in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 1-0.

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Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 1-0 overtime win over the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center:

How it happened: Mike Green rifled a pass from Mike Ribeiro past the glove of Henrik Lundqvist 8 minutes into the first overtime period for a power-play game-winner. Fifty-one seconds earlier Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh took a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck out of the rink.

What it means: The Capitals grabbed a 2-0 lead in the series, which resumes Monday night in New York. The Caps have had a 2-0 lead nine times in their playoff history, but have won just four of those series.

Unnecessary roughness: Each team took retaliatory penalties in the first period but neither converted on the ensuing power plays. Troy Brouwer avenged a Ryan Callahan body check on Mike Green; and Derek Dorsett took issue with a check from behind by Steve Oleksy and clipped him with a retaliatory high stick.

Ranger reinforcements: Center Brian Boyle (leg) and right wing Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) returned to the Rangers’ lineup, replacing Kris Newbury and Chris Kreider. Boyle missed the final six games of the regular season, while Dorsett played in his first game for the Rangers since being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Marian Gaborik trade on April 3.

Record setter: With his power-play goal in Game 1, Alex Ovechkin set a franchise record with his 31st career playoff goal in his 52nd career playoff game. Peter Bondra previously held the record with 30 goals in 73 playoff games. Ovechkin’s 60 playoff points ties him with Mike Ridley for second on the club’s all-time list, behind only Dale Hunter’s 72.

Ranger killer: Six of Jason Chimera’s eight career playoff goals have come against the Rangers.

What’s next: Both teams will practice in their respective facilities on Sunday. The Caps will fly to New York following Sunday’s 11 a.m. practice, then face the Rangers in Game 3 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.