“Why do you keep talking? Nobody cares what you have to say” JT Miller to Tom Wilson
The first fifteen minutes of this game was vintage Rangers. They were suffocating the visiting Washington Capitals with fast breakouts and crisp passes, something we did not see in their last game vs CBJ. The Rangers used this to perfection when Adam Clendening, with another good game as he makes his case to stay in the lineup, picked up a loose puck in his own zone and found fellow defenseman, Brady The Skjei Hey Kid all alone on the doorstep after a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play to put the home team up 1-0 just five minutes into the game. Washington would continue to face heavy pressure from the Blueshirts for the next ten minutes but the Rangers would hit iron 3 times instead of the back of the net and the period ended 1-0.
The following 40 minutes were the complete opposite of the first period as the Capitals began to pound the puck on Lundvist, who faced 19 shots in the 2nd period. Marcus Johansson, 2 G 1 A, got the Capitals on the board at the 12:30 mark, scoring off a rebound to even up the score. Both teams picked up the physical play as the game wore on and Hank was forced to make huge save after huge save, when JT Miller rushed down the right side and found an open point man. The shot ricocheted off the mass of bodies in front of Holtby and trickled into the net. MSG’s excitement would be short lived. Washington coach Barry Trotz challenged the play saying it was offside. A lengthy review would follow, as the linesmen consulted their mini tablet and ruled that Michael Grabner was maybe an inch offside. All of the air seemed to be sucked out of the building and Washington capitalized. A mere 4 minutes later they took a lead they would never surrender as Connolly corralled a loose puck in the slot and slid it past Lundqvist.
The third period saw two more Capital goals and the Ranger PP continue to fluster. Why AV continues to put Pirri on the PP, let alone the lineup, is mind boggling. Especially when there is a young playmaking Russian who has a fabulous Points/60 wasting away in Hartford. Never able to get a clean look, entry, or setup on the man advantage crushed any comeback hopes for the NYR as they fell 4-1 after a late Capital goal. Washington wore down the undermanned Rangers, who were without Girardi, Klein, and late scratch DJ ZBAD. Newly acquired Brendan Smith will replace rookie Kampfer, who held his own against a tough opponent, on Thursday at Boston.
- Hank- Washington threw a ton of rubber his way and he did all he could to keep the Rangers in the game
- Clendening/Skjei- Tough to find positives from any skaters but they hooked up on a pretty goal and played well. (Honorable Mention to Marc Staal who did as good of a job on Ovechkin as you could hope for)
- Anything after the first period
- The Power Play
- Offsides Reviews
Oh yeah, Kevin Shattenkirk made his debut for the Caps. July 1