Ribeiro gets the OT winner to push Rangers to the brink
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers Friday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: Mike Ribeiro jammed home a Troy Brouwer rebound 9:24 into the first overtime period to give the Caps a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
What it means: A lot, actually. In their playoff history the Caps are 6-4 when going up 3-2 in a series but 2-10 when trailing a series 3-2.
What’s next: Game 6 will take place Sunday in New York’s Madison Square Garden with a puck drop of 4:30 p.m.
Goal by goal: Rangers 1, Caps 0: Two hours after Adam Oates said he was “worried” about how the Caps would start the game the Rangers scored on their first shot of the game just 53 seconds into the contest. Brian Boyle’s shot went wide of the net and Derick Brassard hunted down the puck and threaded a return pass through Mike Green and onto Boyle’s stick for his second goal of the series.
Caps 1, Rangers 1: Eleven seconds after Mike Ribeiro drew a retaliatory slashing penalty on Boyle the Caps scored their third power-play goal of the series on a quick wrist shot by Joel Ward at the 7:44 mark of the second period. Positioned below the goal line, Marcus Johansson found Ward in the slot for a wrister that beat Henrik Lundqvist.
Caps 2, Rangers 1: After Lundqvist stopped Alex Ovechkin twice on golden opportunities, Mike Ribeiro camped out in the goal crease and slid a Troy Broueer point shot into an open net for his first playoff goal as a Capital.
Hit of the night: Jason Chimera didn’t like the boarding penalty he was given when he slammed Ryane Clowe into the boards 4:40 into the game. Clowe, who missed the first three games of the series with a reported concussion, did not return and is questionable for the remainder of the series.
Strikeout: The miss of the night came with about 8 minutes left in the second period when Chimera found Mathieu Perreault all alone in front with a centering pass. Perreault took a big swing and a miss to keep the score tied at 1-1.
Looking ahead: The Caps will have ice available Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Kettler, but with possible back-to-backs on Sunday and Monday, it may be an optional. The team has scheduled a 2:30 flight to New York.