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.”
The Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin have the chance to advance to the Eastern Conference final with a win tonight in Game 5 against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. On the other hand, the Rangers, who made it to last year’s Stanley Cup Final, are looking to send this series back to Washington for Game 6.
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Later in the evening, the underdog Calgary Flames, coming off a thrilling overtime win on Tuesday, will look to even their series with the Anaheim Ducks at two games apiece at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
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The Calgary Flames still trail the favorite Anaheim Ducks in this second-round series. But a 2-1 deficit isn’t nearly as dire as 3-0, and the underdog Flames were facing the possibility of the latter scenario on Tuesday.
After getting crushed in the opener, and a loss in Game 2 despite an improved effort, it looked like the Flames might not even survive to extend the series to a fifth game. Then, in front of their home crowd in Game 3, the Flames conjured another thrilling comeback, defeating the Ducks in overtime.
Now, can they take it one step further and even the series in Game 4 on home ice Friday? Or can the Ducks, who lost for just the first time in these playoffs, regain the dominant form they showed in Game 1 and the first period of Game 2?
“We’re playing a good team. There’s no doubt about it,” said Ryan Getzlaf, as per a video on the Ducks’ Twitter account.
“They haven’t quit all year. We didn’t expect that. I didn’t think we played our best game tonight. We made some errors that are uncharacteristic but it’s bound to happen. You’re in the playoffs. It’s going to happen throughout the run.”