Tag: Ryan McDonagh

Brooks Orpik, Dan Boyle

Rangers survive Caps’ mad rush, force Game 7


The New York Rangers managed a 4-3 win to force a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals, but not after the kind of finish that likely left fans hyperventilating.

In a way, quick plot twists only seem to fit the ending considering the beginning of Game 6 … and really, this skin-tight series in general.

Chris Kreider didn’t just begin the scoring with a goal 40 seconds in; he barely beat the clock with a 2-0 goal that came with .3 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Capitals dominated the second period, generating an 18-4 shot advantage. They only were able to beat Henrik Lundqvist once, however, and entered the final frame down 2-1.

The theme of quick goals continued as Rick Nash made it 3-1 just 54 seconds into the third (Jason Chimera’s goal came less than 30 seconds into the second period, giving the opening minute of each period a tally).

Dan Boyle’s 4-1 tally seemed like it would make this game a laugher … instead, it eventually stood as the game-winner.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Joel Ward combined for two goals in less than three minutes to make things very tense in the final 10 minutes or so. That line with Jason Chimera might be a trio to watch, as Barry Trotz took Ward off of a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin’s line failed to score a point for the fourth consecutive game, even if he created some havoc, including this dangerous chance and big hit on Ryan McDonagh:

The bottom line is that many won’t give Ovechkin & Co. the benefit of the doubt, even in a series where goals were hard to come by (at least until tonight) and Washington enjoyed significant luck in building what was once a 3-1 series lead in the first place.

These Capitals and Rangers series have been tight since it’s been Ovechkin vs. Lundqvist (who was stellar tonight), so it all seems fitting that this one is going the distance. With Washington’s dignity and the Rangers’ outstanding season on the line, the stakes will certainly be high at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Nerves for New York: Caps close gap, Ovechkin hits McDonagh

New York Rangers v Washington Capitals

As of this writing, it’s hard to believe that the New York Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the third period. It’s been a dizzying series of events for the Rangers, as the Washington Capitals are now within striking distance with a 4-3 deficit thanks to a wild set of circumstances.

Evgeny Kuznetsov made a nice play to cut the lead down to 4-2 a little less than eight minutes into the third period (and about three-and-a-half minutes after Dan Boyle scored what seemed like a laugher of a 4-1 goal):

Joel Ward continued his hot play with Kuznetsov, scoring a surprising goal less than three minutes later to make it 4-3.

Alex Ovechkin generated some threatening attempts down the stretch, and left plenty of Rangers fans worried with a big hit on Ryan McDonagh.

McDonagh left for the locker room, but was at least able to briefly return.

Rangers tweak D pairs: Staal with Klein, Boyle – Yandle

The New York rangers play the Washington Capitals

The New York Rangers are making some defensive pairing swaps in lieu of Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Chalk it up to matchups or any other factors, but Marc Staal has been reunited with Kevin Klein while Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle will make up one of the most expensive third defensive pairings in recent memory, as ESPN’s Katie Strang points out.

The Rangers’ top duo remains Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.

Interesting to see this change with New York’s last win in mind, but the Capitals get the last change at home, so it makes some sense. The Rangers have been tough to eliminate while the Caps have had trouble putting opponents away in recent postseasons, so this could be an interesting night.

Glencross accepts responsibility for Game 5 mistake

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Two

A costly mistake by Curtis Glencross led to Ryan McDonagh’s overtime winner in Game 5 sending the series back to Washington for Game 6 on Sunday night.

Glencross’ cross-ice pass in the neutral zone was picked off by Jesper Fast leading to the game-winner.

“It’s disappointing, obviously,” Glencross said per CSN Washington. “They picked off a hard pass across the ice out of the air and came back and unfortunately they put it in the back of the net.”

Glencross scored his first career playoff goal in the third period to open the scoring. The goal snapped a 19-game drought. The euphoria was short lived however.

McDonagh took a drop pass from Derek Stepan at 9:37 of the extra period and beat a screened Braden Holtby for his second of the playoffs.

“(Brooks Laich) was all alone wide,” Glencross said of his pass attempt. “If I make a pass like that he’s gone in [alone] pretty much.”

Glencross expects his team to take better advantage of opportunities on Sunday at the Verizon Center.

“That’s hockey,” Glencross said. “We didn’t seal it up and when it goes to overtime it’s a game of mistakes and they got one. We’ll be good next game and we want to finish it off in six. We’ll have short-term memory, come back on Sunday and take the series.”

Video: Rangers stay alive against Capitals with OT victory


The New York Rangers were less than two minutes away from their season ending. They couldn’t seem to find a way to score on Braden Holtby.

Then Chris Kreider buried a snap shot with 1:41 remaining in regulation to force overtime, and Ryan McDonagh won it at 9:37 of the extra period, as the Rangers came back to earn a 2-1 victory in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.

That is now the fifth time in these playoffs the Rangers have won by a score of 2-1. Every game they’ve played in this post-season — and they’re now up to 10 — has been decided by a single goal.

Game 6 goes Sunday in Washington.

For the longest time, it seemed the Rangers, despite holding the edge in shots, couldn’t solve Holtby, who was solid from the beginning, as illustrated with this quick left-pad save on Martin St. Louis early in the opening period when the Capitals were really under pressure.

Holtby made 41 saves in the loss.

Things looked even more dire for the Rangers when Curtis Glencross scored on a breakaway to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the third period.

There was a controversial moment in the second period, as the Capitals appeared to score, only to have the goal waved off. There was traffic in front of Henrik Lundqvist, who ended up getting tangled with Joel Ward and Derek Stepan before the puck trickled in behind him.

From CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley, citing an explanation from the NHL:

“The goaltender wasn’t allowed to play his position in the crease. Incidental contact.”