Washington Capitals (49-28-12) at New York Rangers (57-23-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 2, 2015, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -165 / Washington Capitals +155 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Rangers look to even their series with the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals were heading for overtime and an uncertain ending before Lady Luck smiled on them when Joel Ward beat Henrik Lundqvist with a mere 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Ward’s one timer on a pass from Alex Ovechkin gave the visitors a 1-0 series lead and the home ice advantage all on one shot. Washington drew first blood when Ovechkin’s wrist shot went through the legs of a New York defender and past Lundqvist with just under two minutes remaining in the opening period on the power play. Braden Holtby won the battle of goaltenders with a 31 save performance to pick up the victory.
The New York Rangers style of play probably made their opener more of a defensive struggle then anything so a tight game with a great possibility of overtime would not be surprising at all. However with one of the best goaltenders in the world you certainly don’t mind playing in close contests but you also have to expect things to go south from time to time because that’s the nature of the beast. It’s still unexpected to lose with under two seconds remaining which is the very definition of going ‘South’. The last second defeat was obviously disappointing and especially so when Jesper Fast had scored with only 4:39 left in the third. Lundqvist recorded 27 stops to absorb the loss.
The Capitals are 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 5-0-3 in Capitals last 8 Conference Semifinals games. The Rangers are 27-6 in their last 33 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 2-4 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 16-5-8 in the last 29 meetings while Washington are 4-8 in the last 12 meetings in New York. No line is out although I lean under again…