Matt Bradley to the rescue — not once, but twice for the underrated right-wing of the Caps, who provided not only a spark but a healthy lead against what is generally a meager offense of the New York Rangers.
The first goal — was of course brilliant. A short handed special on a poke check out of the neutral zone and break in on Rangers goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist. Bradley had a little too much speed and almost lost control or skated in too far, as he had to put the breaks on and flip it backhanded over the Rangers brick wall.
The second goal was by far — more important but not as impressive. The Caps had looked simply AWFUL on a power play midway through the first with a chance to put the Rangers down big time, and with the crowd deflated — Brooks Laich made a seemingly harmless dump in pass to the corner far boards. Bradley reached out and corralled the puck right in front of the red extended goal line and did EXACTLY what your supposed to do. Take a shot — somewhere near the net and pray for a rebound or a fluky goal.
Bradley got the best answer to his prayers as his shot handcuffed Lundqvist and it was 2-0.
A couple of observations from press box level. The crowd is hotter tonight — then it was in Game 1 and Game 2, even before the goals. Off the charts loud — when the two goals were scored.
They have to get Half and Half back on the press box level for coffee. Lowfat milk just is terrible in coffee. They brought up a fancy hot dog bar and got rid of the good stuff for the java.
6-3 were the shots on net, in favor of you guessed it — the Caps. That means they have outshot the Rangers 155- 102 so far in the series and yet — trail three games to one.
More after the 2nd period. Enjoy!