by Patrick Hoffman on 05/08/12 at 12:38 AM ET
The New York Rangers power play for what seems like the first time all year long was a huge factor in their 3-2 overtime victory in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal scored a power play goal just 1:35 into overtime to take a 3-2 series lead. For the Rangers, the play was simple as they won the face-off back to the point and Staal just put the puck on net, which is what a team is supposed to do when they have the man advantage.
However, this game looked like it was going to end up a 2-1 Capitals win. However, Capitals’ forward Joel Ward took an ill-timed high-sticking double minor with 22 seconds to go on Rangers’ forward Carl Hagelin.
The Blueshirts were able to capitalize on the first part of the power play with 6.6 seconds to go when Brad Richards scored off of Callahan’s third shot past Braden Holtby to tie the game up. For now at least, this goal will go down as Richards’ biggest goal as a Blueshirt.
When overtime started, the team still had over a minute to go on the power play and again, the team was able to come through. If there was ever a time for the team’s power play to start clicking, it was this game. On both goals, the team threw plenty of pucks on Holtby, which again, is something that a team is supposed to do on the power play.
The Capitals got to experience what it feels like to take a penalty at the wrong time and have it come back to haunt them. In Game 4 at the Verizon Center, a bad penalty in the third period by the Blueshirts led to a Capitals goal (Mike Green) and ultimately a win.
Believe it or not, the same thing almost happened to the Rangers when Mike Rupp took a hooking penalty early in the third period. The Capitals were able to score on a shot from the point by defenseman John Carlson.
The Blueshirts will need to move on from this win rather quickly because in two nights, they will have a chance to close out the series at the Verzion Center in Game 6 on Wednesday night. The Capitals will be playing for their playoff lives while all the Rangers need to do is go out there, play a good road game and play “Ranger hockey”.
If the team can do that, they should be able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the 1997 season when they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. Like they have done all season long, the Rangers just need to take it one game at a time.
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