Chris Kreider didn't need long to get them going.
Kreider scored 38 seconds after the opening faceoff, and the Rangers defeated the Capitals, 3-2, on Saturday, tying their
"I think it helped us a lot to get back on track and not think too much, just play our game and get the building going," said Rangers goaltender
"You definitely need to build up your confidence a little bit after what happened last game. That was tough. But you move on."
The next stop is Washington for Game 3 on Monday, and if it is like the first two, it should be fun. Both games have been decided by a goal.
"We didn't play good enough to win this hockey game," Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said. "The Rangers deserved to win this hockey game. We didn't play our best game."
Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington.
Game 2 will be remembered for Kreider's early goal and Ovechkin's spectacular tally in the third period, when the
"It's just an instinct situation," Ovechkin said.
Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault was impressed.
"The guys pushed him to the outside and there were almost three guys around him, and he still got the shot off from his knees. He's a great player."
The Rangers were looking for a response after losing Game 1 on a goal by
And they came out so fast the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden hadn't even settled comfortably into their seats after the national anthem before they were jumping up to celebrate.
It was similar to Game 1 against the
This time it was Kreider. He deflected a pass by defenseman
Kreider felt the win was the perfect response to the Game 1 loss, but the goal was a steppingstone.
"We needed to answer, and now it's the best of five," Kreider said.
Washington didn't go away after falling behind 2-0 and 3-1, and it had chances in the closing minutes to tie the score.
After killing off a late penalty, Washington pulled Holtby and came close to tying the score, but Lundqvist stopped
"We have to have a better start," Ovechkin said. "The physical game was not at the level we want. We gave them too much confidence, too much freedom to their skill guys."
The Rangers had a dominant first period, outshooting the Capitals 15-4 and taking a 2-0 lead.
Boyle got the second goal with a shot from the point on a power play after the puck hit one of the officials and stayed in the Washington zone. His shot eluded Holtby, who was being distracted by
Holtby was the major reason the Capitals were still in the game after 40 minutes. He stopped 25 of 27 shots, including early second-period stops in close on Fast and
Kuznetsov scored on a rebound with 6:01 left in the second period to cut the lead to 2-1, but Brassard stretched the lead to 3-1 at 6:07 of the third period, just 10 seconds after he came out of the penalty box.