Caps 3, Rangers 4. Or should it be Caps 3, Refs 4. :)
It was not the best game for Ovi, though he played his best. Big part of it, Caps received 5 consecutive minor penalties (some very questionable, thank you, refs) and obviously Ovi doesn't play on PK. On the winning goal by Rangers when Ovi got -1, it didn't look good.
But his late-game heroics were only possible because defenseman Ryan McDonagh stickhandled swiftly past a gassed Ovechkin at the offensive blue line to keep the forecheck alive. “Step’s got pressure, so he didn’t get the puck in my wheelhouse, and I kind of caught it off-center,” McDonagh told the NY Daily News. “And then I was seeing Ovie standing straight-legged, like he was tired, so I tried to go back against him and keep the play alive. That was great passing by (Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash on the assists), and Stepan goes to the net. That was a huge goal. Huge goal.”“I don’t think he was tired,” Oates told reporters. “I think that I didn't do a good enough job getting him in his rhythm, probably because of penalties.”
Oh well, hopefully it will go by my prediction; to split two games at MSG and finish in game 5 at home.
-1, 2 min for roughing, TOI 22:07, 21 shifts, avg 1:03, PP 5:46, even 16:21, 2 shots on goal, 5 attempts blocked, 4 missed, 1 hit, 1 giveaway
Nicklas Backstrom first goal of playoffs, Caps 1, Rangers 0.
5/6/13: Caps captain Alex Ovechkin addresses the media after a 4-3 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Rangers.
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