After playing 2 weeks of uninspired and depressing hockey, tonight the Rangers, or at least some of them, seemed to find their game. Tonight the Rangers played with physicality and passion. The got pucks to the net and bodies to the crease. Tonight the Rangers proved that they can be a winning team.
In the first period the Rangers came out with passion, hitting hard and driving to the net. Within the first five minutes there were two fights, Orr and Brashear and Voros and Bradley. Cally scored the first goal of the game for the Rangers off a beautiful assist from Korpi after Cally, Drury, and Rosi contributed to make strong defensive plays in their own end. Washington however, answered with two goals of their own. Fleischman scored the first goal for the Caps after none other than Redden missed his man coverage. Fehr scored the second Cap goal after Reitz lost his footing and was unable to handle a dump in.
The second period was all about goal scoring (a rarity in the Ranger world as of late). Korpi, from Staal and Cally, scored the second Ranger goal after Cally forced a turnover with an aggressive defensive play. Green then scored for the Caps after Sjostrom lost his man coverage. Nasi scored the third goal for the Rangers after Dawes made a nice move to gain the zone and delivered a beautiful pass. Mara, catching Washington on a bad shift change, scored the fourth and go ahead goal for NY with a solid shot from the point. Washington tied the game when Green scored a light goal from the point, which Hank must certainly want back, over the high glove side.
In the third period the Rangers had a man advantage for almost 10 minutes, including a 35 second 5 on 3 power play, and were unable to find the back of the net. The power play looked slow and was unable to generate quality shots on net. Luckily, Washington too was unable to score in the third, thus sending the game to OT.
In OT Washington and NY exchanged odd man rushes andquality scoring chances. Hank came up big for NY sending the game into a shootout. In the shootout Ovechkin was the lone Capital to beat Hank, while both Dawes and Cally scored goals. Final score 5-4 Rangers, shoot out win.