Game 1: 2nd Period

April 15, 2009 |

After a tightly contested first period, the second period saw five goals with the Capitals bookending three New York scores as the Rangers took a 3-2 advantage through two periods.  The Caps got off to a great start when Alexander Ovechkin scored a power play goal, however things unraveled quickly for the home team.  Ovechkin’s goal was countered by the Rangers Scott Gomez in a questionable no call by the linesman after Sean Avery tripped Mike Green.  Once Green went down Gomez had a one on one with Theodore and scored easily.  The Rangers then scored two more power play goals on, the first by Nik Antropov, followed by Markus Naskund.  Things looked bleak for the boys in red until Mike Green made a crushing check and energized the arena and home team.  Within seconds the Caps got back on the board after a Viktor Kozlov goal with only :49 seconds left in the period.  The second period was intense and the best is yet to come!  We’ll see what team can get the early momentum to start the third period.  One thing is for sure, if the Caps win this game, they can’t continue to take stupid penalties like they did in the second period.