The Caps had a 2-0 lead late into the first period and I wrote the following notes down. 'Roman Hamrlik is old and slow, how does that help the Caps'. And then a minute later I wrote, 'Mike Green needs to get less ice time.' Green had a pretty awful game.
The Rangers looked a little bit flat, the way the Caps looked in game 1 and the posts were once again the difference in the game. At one point a puck was sitting inches from the goal behind Holtby and nobody was moving it until a Caps player tipped it out.
The first Caps goal in the first was a nice three man passing move, Aucoin to Ward to Knuble. 1-0 Caps. Five minutes later Ludqvist decided to go behind the net and Chimera rushed to the puck to beat him, then centered the puck in front of the empty net. After a Hendricks (I think) attempted backwards between the legs shot, Chimera came back into the play and put it off a Rangers skate for the 2-0 lead.
But just as it looks like the Caps are in control, Brooks Laich made the worst line change I have ever seen (in my 90 something games watched). It was 4 on 4 and the puck was in a Ranger's stick in the neutral zone and he made the switch. A 4 on 3 ensued and the Rangers got a goal in the final minute of the first.
The Rangers tied it up in the 3rd and I was ready to start smashing things, but Alex Ovechkin unleased Ovimania all over Madison Square Garden and scored the game winner.
This was a huge win for the Caps. They now control the series with the home