The pace is frantic, with Washington pushing the tempo as the Caps sense a chance to grab a two-goal lead that might be more than the Rangers can overcome. Lundqvist has faced a dozen shots in the first 13 minutes; Michal Neuvirth
has seen just four and is spending minutes at a time all by his lonesome in the Caps' zone.
But the 18,398 fans quieted as one with 6:11 remaining when Matt Gilroy
took a blast from near the right circle that dropped Caps defenseman Mike Green
. Play was stopped immediately, and Green was helped from the ice, though he was able to skate off.
The Rangers were also missing a key defenseman -- Dan Girardi
wasn't on the bench as the clock ticked down past the 5:00 mark.