Despite the Rangers’ best efforts to throw the Capitals players off their game, the Caps are heading to Manhattan with a 2-0 series lead and a chance to close out a playoff series quickly. The Capitals didn’t just win on Friday night, they completely shut the Rangers down. Caps rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth recorded his first career playoff shutout and his second win in as many games. Both of the Caps goals came early in the second period. The first goal was scored by Jason Chimera off a sweet feed from Marcus Johansson, and the second goal came on the powerplay as Jason Arnott jumped on a lucky bounce to nail the coffin shut.
The Powerplay worked. The Caps got good traffic on Lundqvist and got rebounds. They were able to dictate the pace of the game for most of the night and draw powerplays. Everything seemed to go the Caps way.
The other big thing is that Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Mike Green, and Jason Arnott all head into Game 3 as point-per-game players.
Beyond Bad Sasha’s hooking penalty, not much. The Caps played an excellent hockey game, had strong goaltending, and didn’t let themselves be goaded into a bad penalty. The only other thing that could have been better was the shot total, as the Caps only mustered 18 shots on Lunqvist all game.
Sean Avery. Indicative of the goon tactics Rangers coach John Tortorella is resorting to to try to get his team back into the series, Sean Avery predictably made a variety of dirty plays, including roughin up Alex Semin and getting into Neuvirth’s face. Beyond that, it was a very physical game with lots of bodychecking.