The Rangers pulled even with the Capitals in their best-of-seven playoff series with a 3-2 triumph in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Final at Madison Square Garden Saturday.
The desperate Rangers, who had lost Game 1 on Thursday, went ahead 2-0 in a dominant first period on goals from Chris Kreider -- 38 seconds in -- and another Dan Boyle, but couldn't extend the lead in the second period, and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on a rebound at 13:59 to make it 2-1.
At 3:57 of the third period, Derick Brassard was called for interference on Alex Ovechkin, but the Rangers killed the power play. Martin St. Louis' pass between two Capitals' sticks got to Brassard coming out of the box, in front, and his shot squeezed through Braden Holtby's pads and trickled over the line at 6:07. In the previous three games, the Rangers had scored one goal each in regulation.
A remarkable individual effort by Ovechkin at 10:29 brought the Capitals within one again. Coming down toward the right circle and facing Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, Ovechkin's shot, while falling forward, hit the upper corner past Henrik Lundqvist, who finished with 30 saves. Holtby, who had 32 saves, was pulled for an extra skater in the final minute and a half, and chaos ensued but the Blueshirts held on.
Games 3 and 4 are in Verizon Center on Monday and Wednesday. Game 5 is back in New York on Friday.