|Posted on May 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM|
The Washington Capitals now have a commanding 2-0 series lead over the New York Rangers, thanks to Mike Green's overtime power-play blast. It was the only goal that was able to solve either goalies in this Saturday afternoon matchup.
The bounce-back season from Alex Ovechkin has been well documented. I mean, Ovechkin has been on a goal per game pace for his past 24 contests. For me however, playing perhaps an even more significant role in the Washington Capitals success this season is the luxury of having a healthy Mike Green.
Green led all defensemen with 12 goals during the regular season. For my money, when healthy there's nobody better in the National Hockey League at creating offense from the defense position.
"I was just the lucky one tonight," Green told NHL Network, crediting his fourth line for drawing the penalty that led to the power play.
Ryan McDonagh went to the penalty box at 7:09 of overtime for shooting the puck over the glass from the defensive zone. The Capitals, who had only one power play in regulation set up Green for a shot from the point that beat Henrik Lundqvist on the stick side. Lundqvist had no chance.
"Our plan most of the time in overtime is to get it in [Green's] hands," Holtby, who stopped all 24 shots he faced, told NBC Sports. "He's a money player like that and he did it again."
This was classic playoff hockey! Both netminders were sensational as they did everything possible to win this crucial contest. Turning away several A - grade scoring opportunities, Lundqvist made 36 saves in the loss and was awarded the first start of the game for his efforts.
The Washington Capitals have of momentum on their side after an emotionally charged win, and remain the hottest in hockey. For years hockey fans of seeing something special developing in Washington. Is this the year it all comes together? The Caps are certainly off to a stellar start leading a early-season Stanley Cup favorite New York Rangers 2-0 in their opening round series.
Every sports fan knows, Madison Square Garden's is the most intimidating arena in the world. Can the New York Rangers use this to their advantage? Or will the Washington Capitals continue rolling?
Alex Ovechkin has played like a man on mission, and the whole team is the following the leader.