Washington has a 2-1 lead in the
Alex Ovechkin was held without a goal for the first time in the series. It was one of the Capitals' less-heralded players, Beagle, who put the puck past
Holtby was at his glove-catching best, including stopping
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is at Washington on Wednesday night.
This was the type of nail-biter the Rangers play: They have participated in 10 consecutive playoff games decided by one goal, an
And in seven of its eight games in this year's playoffs, New York has allowed two goals or fewer.
But under first-year Coach Barry Trotz, and with Holtby matching Lundqvist save for save, the Capitals are proving just as adept at this sort of tight, low-scoring hockey.
Despite getting outshot, 30-22, the Capitals did manage stretches of sustained pressure in the Rangers' zone, including leading up to the only goal. And the score came from a surprising source: the line of Beagle,
Off passes from Brouwer and Burakovsky, Beagle sent a shot on net that Lundqvist swept aside. But Beagle kept at it, going to the boards to collect the rebound, then swooping around the back of the net for a backhand shove of the puck. It appeared to ricochet off defenseman