NEW YORK – Special-teams play helped swing momentum in the Washington Capitals' favor in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the New York Rangers. But after the Capitals rode their power play and penalty kill to a 2-0 series lead, a sudden flip may have salvaged this series for the New York Rangers.
Washington took Game 1 of the series thanks to a power-play marker from Alex Ovechkin and a penalty kill that shut out a Rangers' man advantage that enjoyed 56 second of 5-on-3 play midway through the second period. Mike Green's power-play tally in overtime then gave Washington a 1-0 win in Game 2.
But in Game 3 Monday night, New York scored a power-play goal and notched another tally just as a Capitals' penalty expired before killing off a last-minute 6-on-4 power play.
Just like that, Washington's apparent special-teams advantage was flipped, and the Rangers reaped the benefits in a 4-3 victory.