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Kreider and McDonagh Force Game 6 Versus Caps as NYR win 2 to 1

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Game 5 had less than two minutes remaining in it and the Rangers were down 1-0 and facing elimination from the playoffs. Washington netminder Braden Holtby was on the verge of pitching his second shutout of the series and the Caps were getting ready to advance past the second round for the first time in a while.

A breakaway goal by Curtis Glencross, his first career playoff goal, which was the result of a bad pinch by Keith Yandle, was going to be the game winner. Even though Henrik Lundqvist stopped the initial shot, he could not control the rebound and Glencross put it past him for the goal.

Even though there was another penalty not called that allowed the Caps to gain control of the puck and break out against the Rangers. This time a trip. The Rangers were still staring the end of the season squarely in the face,

That was, until Chris Kreider took a pass from Derek Stepan and just rifled one at the net. He did not wait, he just shot. The puck deflected off of a Cap skate and flew past Holtby for the game tying goal. The Garden went nuts, as the red light went on and the goal song began playing. The Game was tied and the Series was far from over.

Henrik Lundqvist kept the Caps at bay, albeit with a few scary moments, but the game was heading off to OT. The Caps were 1-1 and the Blueshirts 2-0 so far this playoff season in extra time.

The Garden was abuzz and John Gianonne told us via twitter that the Rangers were grim and determined in the locker room and knew they had unfinished business left on the ice.

The OT began with some good rushes by both teams, but then the overall speed and hustle of the Rangers began to dominate. The puck was in the Washington zone and it could not be cleared. Derek Stepan had stolen the puck and it would up on the stick of Jesper Fast. The young winger fed Steps and he in turn dropped it back for a charging McDonagh. The Captain then gathered the puck took a stride and blasted one towards Holtby. Bedlam overtook MSG as Mac’s shot eluded Holtby and hit the back of the net.

The Rangers had come from behind once more. They had scored in OT and had staved off elimination. The live on the edge Broadway Blueshirts had once again given their fans, both at MSG and at home, a reason to breathe. The heart pounding excitement that had kept the fans on the edge of their seats, now gave way to a sense of euphoria, as the season will continue. The Rangers have forced a Game 6 on Mother’s Day Sunday at 7:00PM at the Verizon Center in DC. The Rangers have now won nine straight elimination games at Madison Square Garden and are all set for a Game 6 on Sunday.

I mentioned on my Internet Radio Show, In the Crease, that if the Rangers won Game 5, there would be a Game 7 at the Garden on Wednesday. Here is to making that possible. The Rangers have won their last two Game 6’s on Mother’s Day, while being behind 3-2 in the Series.

In 2013, they defeated these same Washington Capitals at MSG, before winning a Game 7 in DC. And just last season, the Blueshirts defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Game 6 on Mother’s Day, before taking a Game 7 in Pittsburgh 2-1 a few days later. History will repeat itself once more and there will be a Game 7 between the Caps and the Rangers at the Garden on Wednesday.

 

Scoring:

WSH: Curtiss Glencross (1) Assisted by Matt Niskanen & Tom Wilson

NYR: Chris Kreider (3) Assisted by Derek Stepan & Keith Yandle

OT

NYR: Ryan McDonagh (2) Assisted by Derek Stepan & Jesper Fast

 

Team Stats                              WSH                             NYR

Shots on Goal                         29                                  43

Power Play                              0 for 2                           0 for 2

Hits                                         24                                  32

Giveaways                              5                                    18

Takeaways                             10                                  10

Face Off Wins                        34                                  31

Blocked Shots                         13                                  21

 

Goalie Stats:

Braden Holtby: 41 Saves on 43 Shots for a SV% of .953

Henrik Lundqvist: 28 Saves on 29 Shots for a SV% of .966

 

3 Stars of the Game:

3rd Star: Braden Holtby: 41 Saves on 43 Shots for a SV% of .953

2nd Star: Henrik Lundqvist: 28 Saves on 29 Shots for a SV% of .966

1st Star: Ryan McDonagh: 1 Goal (GWG in OT)

 

Broadway Bits:

 

The nine game home winning streak in elimination games by the Rangers is a new NHL record

The Rangers have won 12 of their last 15 elimination games, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs Ottawa

The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in nine of their ten playoff games this season

The Rangers are 3-0 this playoff season and have tied the teams in 1940, 1971 and 1997, who also won three OT games

The last 12 playoff games for the Broadway Blueshirts, including ALL ten games this year have been decided by one goal

The Rangers Penalty Kill unit was 2 for 2 in Game 5

Since the start of the 2012 Playoff season, the NY Rangers have played the most playoff games in that stretch: 67

Game 6 will be number 68

The victory in Game 5 was the 19th playoff victory for Alain Vigneault, which ties him with John Tortorella for third on the team’s All-Time list

It was also, AV’s 56th career playoff victory, which passes Jacques Demere into sole possession of 18th place on the NHL’s all-time list

Derek Stepan had two assists, four shots on goal, two takeaways and posted a plus two rating in 25:01 of ice time

Keith Yandle had an assist and a tied for a game high of five shots on goal in 20:17 of ice time

Jesper Fast had an assist on the game winning goal, had two shots on goal, had two hits and posted a plus one rating in 19:51 of ice time

Game 6 will be played on Sunday May 10th, which is Mother’s Day. The game will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC

The Rangers have won their last two Game 6’s on Mother’s Day and hope to extend that streak to 3

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