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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 2

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

SATURDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

NY RANGERS 3, Washington 2 – series tied 1-1

RANGERS HOLD ON FOR GAME 2 VICTORY, TIE SERIES AT 1-1

Derick Brassard scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 6:07 of the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to help the New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 2 and even their Eastern Conference Second Round series at one game apiece.

* The Rangers scored more than two goals in a victory for the first time this postseason. New York earned four 2-1 victories against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, becoming the third NHL team to win a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series with each of its wins coming by the same score.

* Each of New York's seven games this postseason has been decided by one goal. In fact, 14 of its past 16 playoff games have been one-goal decisions, including nine consecutive games dating to Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. LAK.

* Lundqvist made 26 of his 30 saves after the first period to improve to 5-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .938 save percentage this postseason (7 GP). He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 consecutive playoff victories at Madison Square Garden dating to last year in Game 1 of New York's opening-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

* ICYMI: Lundqvist made a series of impressive saves in Game 2, first on a point-blank shot by Alex Ovechkin, then a timely blocker save on a fluttering puck and finally a sprawling pad stack on Evgeny Kuznetsov.

* Brassard scored his fourth career playoff game-winning goal. He leads the Rangers with four goals and five points (tied w/ Rick Nash: 1-4—5) in the 2015 playoffs.

* Chris Kreider opened the scoring 38 seconds into the first period, marking the sixth-fastest goal to start a playoff game in Rangers history. Derick Brassard scored the second-fastest goal to start a postseason game in franchise history at 28 seconds of the first period in Game 1 of their first-round series vs. PIT. Ed Hospodar set the mark with his goal at 27 seconds of the first period on April 9, 1981 vs. LAK.

* The Elias Sports Bureau says the Rangers scored in the opening minute of the first period three times during the 2014-15 regular season, including one such tally by Kreider on Nov. 8, 2014 at TOR (0:53).

* Dan Boyle scored his first goal in the postseason since May 28, 2013 at LAK (w/ SJS). His goal came on the power play, the first power-play goal yielded by the Capitals this postseason (19-of-20, 95.0% PK in 9 GP). New York also scored the last power-play goal against Washington in the regular season during a 4-2 victory on April 11.

QUICK STRIKES

According to Elias, the Rangers are the only team to score in the opening minute of the first period in the 2015 playoffs. Overall, there have been nine goals scored in the opening minute of any period this postseason, including four in the first-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators.

Goals Scored in Opening Minute of Any Period, 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Derick Brassard (NYR): 0:28 of the first period in Game 1 vs. PIT on April 16

Tomas Jurco (DET): 0:08 of the second period in Game 1 at TBL on April 16

John Tavares (NYI): 0:15 of overtime in Game 3 vs. WSH on April 19

Jonathan Toews (CHI): 0:36 of the second period in Game 3 vs. NSH on April 19

Mattias Ekholm (NSH): 0:58 of the second period in Game 3 at CHI on April 19

Brent Seabrook (CHI): 1:00 of triple-overtime in Game 4 vs. NSH on April 21

James Neal (NSH): 0:47 of the third period in Game 5 vs. CHI on April 23

Corey Perry (ANA): 0:44 of the third period in Game 1 vs. CGY on April 30

Chris Kreider (NYR): 0:38 of the first period in Game 2 vs. WSH on May 2

DID YOU KNOW?

* Game 2 marked the 21st playoff game between the Capitals and Rangers since 2010-11, surpassing the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks for the most over that span.

* The game Saturday was the 50th all-time playoff game between the clubs, with Washington owning a 26-24 edge.

* New York played its 64th playoff game since the 2012 playoffs, tying Los Angeles for the most in that span.

LOOSE PUCKS

The Stanley Cup made an appearance on the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby . . . Johnstown, Pa., was announced as winner of the first-ever Kraft Hockeyville USA. The community will host a 2015-16 preseason game between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Click here for more information . . . Capitals forward Jason Chimera notched one assist while celebrating his 36th birthday . . . Click here to watch the Blackhawks bench celebrate Teuvo Teravainen's game-winning goal in Game 1 of MIN-CHI . . . Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to keep pace with Alex Ovechkin for the Capitals lead . . . ICYMI: Ovechkin split the Rangers defense before scoring from his knees to bring the Capitals within one goal in the third period.

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