Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT)
A bad clearing attempt by the Rangers with about 1:30 left in overtime led to a rocket of a shot by Alexander Semin, and the Capitals took Game 1 at Verizon Center.
What was disheartening was that it felt like the Rangers should have won this game, as both of the Capitals’ goals were scored after capitalizing on mistakes. But, the fact that the Rangers kept it this close was encouraging, and if they work on a few things now that they know the type of game the Capitals will play, they have a shot.
Alex Semin —” the Capitals’ overtime hero missed having a permanent spot on three down. Before tonight, he hadn’t scored a goal in the past 14 playoff games.
Rangers’ shot-blockers — the Capitals were actually credited with more blocked shots (32) to the Rangers’ 28, but the Rangers were flying and diving to get those shots. Chris Drury and Dan Girardi at one point were pain but shook it off.
Henrik Lundqvist — made some phenomenal saves to keep the Rangers in it, but still has to absolutely steal a game for the Rangers.
Marc Staal/Dan Girardi — hate to call out the Rangers’ top pairing. But, it was their collision that led to the Capitals first goal. Then, it was Staal’s bad clearing attempt in overtime that led to Jason Arnott jumped on, leading to Semin’s goal.
Rangers in the second period — what was that? It was like the Rangers were asleep. It was a wonder the Capitals didn’t score a goal or two in the second.
Capitals crowd — The Verizon Center was rocking the red, but I don’t know if it’s my television or the station that was broadcasting the game, but it didn’t feel like a playoff atmosphere. If I didn’t know it was a playoff game, I probably would’ve thought it was some regular-season game. The crowd for the Penguins-Lightning and Red Wings-Coyotes gave me chills through the television screen.