For most of this game, the story was the lack of playing time that Alex Ovechkin was receiving, then, with one shot he changed the narrative. Ovechkin’s game-winning goal might not be a cure-all, but it’s certainly a powerful statement. He stepped up when Washington Capitals needed him the most, which is something we haven’t seen a ton of from Washington’s highest paid players in this postseason run.
The final score of Monday’s contest was 3-2 in favor of Washington and the series is now tied at 1-1.
Here are a few post-game notes:
- The Capitals blocked almost as many New York Rangers shots as they had shots on the Rangers’ goal.
- Ovechkin still finished the game with only 13:36 minutes of playing time. During the Bruce Boudreau era, Ovechkin never logged less than 19:32 minutes in a postseason contest.
- Ovechkin’s goal is just the second third-period goal that Henrik Lundqvist has surrendered over his last seven games.
- Including both the regular season and playoffs, Braden Holtby still hasn’t lost two straight starts with the Washington Capitals in 2012.