Chris Kreider was finally able to solve Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, at the most critical of times.
Kreider’s goal on a snap shot with 1:41 left in the third period finally got the Rangers on the board, sending Game 5 to overtime with New York needing a win to stave off elimination. Just after the midway mark of the third period, Curtis Glencross scored to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma, who hasn’t played since April 7 with what was reported to be a hand injury, is back in the lineup.
Bouma, who scored 16 goals and 34 points this season, is making his Stanley Cup playoff debut.
Bouma and Michael Ferland are both in for the Flames, as they look to even their second-round series with the Anaheim Ducks at two games apiece.
The Washington Capitals thought they opened the scoring late in the second period, however the goal was immediately waved off.
On a Washington point shot, the puck deflected, then got caught up with Capitals forward Joel Ward and New York’s Derek Stepan, who were battling immediately in front of and got tangled up with Henrik Lundqvist, and trickled in behind the Rangers’ goalie.
There was no score between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals in the first period of Game 5, and the Capitals can thank goalie Braden Holtby for that.
Holtby was busy, particularly in the first half of the period when the shots were 11-2 New York at one point. His best save came on Martin St. Louis.
Holtby suddenly threw out the left pad to deny St. Louis in close on a cross-ice pass from Rick Nash, keeping the Rangers off the board. Through the first four games of this series, Holtby had allowed just five goals, with three of those coming in Game 2. He also has a save percentage this post-season of .950. Not bad.
Former NHLer Nick Boynton pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from an incident described as a “drunken rampage” at a Buffalo casino in March, according to the Buffalo News on Friday.
Following the incident at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Boynton was arrested and faced several charges, after allegedly biting the finger of a police officer. Last month, it was reported that Boynton entered into a treatment facility.
Boynton was placed on a leave of absence from his job as radio color analyst with the Arizona Coyotes following the incident.
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In pleading guilty to the violation, instead of more-serious misdemeanor charges, the former Boston Bruins defenseman agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and lead a law-abiding life. He also agreed to continue with alcohol counseling and to avoid the downtown Buffalo casino for one year under terms imposed by Judge JaHarr Pridgen.
Boynton could have been sentenced to up to 15 days in jail.
“I feel terrible. I want to apologize to my family, to the Arizona Coyotes,” Boynton, 36, said outside the courtroom following his sentencing. “I want to put this in my past and learn from my mistakes and make sure this does not happen again.”