Saturday, April 28, 2012
GOAL POSTS ARE A GOALIE'S BEST FRIEND
Game 1 is in the books and the Rangers win 3-1 with only 14 shots on goal. The Capitals play a smothering defense so for the Rangers to score 3 was immense. On the other end of the ice, Lundquist was not at his best but he had his best friend with him, the goal post. Washington hit the red pipe three times throughout the game.
The game was a tight fought game through two periods with each goalie giving up a weak goal each. The start of the third period the game was tied at 1. The big difference came with about 13 minutes left in the third period and his name is Chris Kreider.
It appeared as the game wore on that the Capitals were losing their legs and Kreider took advantage of it. At the 13 minute mark, Kreider got a step behind Roman Hamerlnk in the Rangers end. Kreider took two quick strides and he was almost five feet behind the Capitals defense. Kreider took the pass at center ice and strides into the Washington end. He veered left and shot right and buried it, putting the Rangers up by one.
After that goal, the Capitals looked like they were kicked in the stomach. A few minutes later deep in the Washington end, Kreider went into the corner to fight for a loose puck. He was able to make a nifty pass to Brad Richards who walked up to the Capital net and went 5 hole on Bradon Holtby. Rangers went up 3-1 and that's how it stayed.