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Henrik Lundqvist shines as Rangers take Game 2, tie series

Sat, 02 May 2015 20:42:09 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) - Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves as the New York Rangers tied the Eastern Conference Second Round Series at 1-1 via a 3-2 win over the Washington Capital in Saturday's Game 2 at Madison Square Garden.

Chris Kreider , Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, who lost the series opener when Capitals forward Joel Ward scored with 1.3 seconds left Thursday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored while Braden Holtby made 32 saves for the Capitals.

Kreider put the Rangers ahead with an early tally 38 seconds into the game. Derek Stepan collected the puck at the left circle and fed Jesper Fast, whose shot was denied.

However, Kreider was right in front of the net and quickly put the rebound past Holtby to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead. It was Kreider's second goal of the playoffs.

New York ended the Capitals' penalty-kill streak at 17 when Dan Boyle scored on the power play with 4:20 left in the first period to make it 2-0.

Washington finally solved Lundqvist with 6:01 left in the second period on Kuznetsov's fourth goal of the playoffs.

Kuznetsov dumped the puck in from the red line and it bounced off the end boards out to Jason Chimera, whose shot was denied by Lundqvist. However, Kuznetsov beat Boyle to the rebound and put it past Lundqvist to make it 2-1.

Holtby made key back-to-back saves against Rick Nash and Brassard in the final minute of the second. He denied Nash's wrist shot from the slot and kept Brassard's rebound attempt out with his left skate.

Brassard restored New York's two-goal lead with 13:53 remaining with his fourth goal of the playoffs but Ovechkin got the Capitals back to within one with a highlight-reel goal at 10:29 of the third.

Ovechkin has six goals and five assists in 14 playoff games at Madison Square Garden.

The best-of-7 series shifts to Verizon Center for Game 3 Monday.

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