NYR Lead Series 1 - 0
[42-32-8]
1
3
[51-24-7]
04/28/2012
FINAL
1 2 3 T
WSH 0 1 0 1
18 SHOTS 14
24 FACEOFFS 26
28 HITS 35
8 PIM 8
0/4 PP 0/4
4 GIVEAWAYS 3
6 TAKEAWAYS 13
15 BLOCKED SHOTS 15
       

Rangers ride red-hot Kreider to 3-1 victory in Game 1

Saturday, 04.28.2012 / 5:52 PM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 8; Home Game No. 5 Rangers lead series 1-0
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Chris Kreider scored the go-ahead goal and then set up Brad Richards' insurance tally 90 seconds later in the third period to lift the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Kreider, who earlier this month helped Boston College win the NCAA championship, scored the second goal of his NHL career -- and these playoffs -- and he did it at the perfect time to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead 7:00 into the third.

Both Kreider's goals have been playoff game-winners. He also had the deciding marker in the Rangers' Game 6 victory at Ottawa when the Rangers played the first of two potential elimination games in the first round.

Richards made it a two-goal lead off a feed from Kreider, and gave a two-fisted punch into the glass behind goalie Braden Holtby to celebrate his third goal of the playoffs. It marked the first time that Washington trailed by two goals in the playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist earned the win, and needed to make only 17 saves to do it.

Artem Anisimov scored in the first period for the Rangers, who played without injured forwards Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky. Boyle missed his third straight game because of a concussion sustained in Game 5 of the first-round series against Ottawa. Dubinsky was hurt in the third period Thursday night when New York edged the Senators 2-1 to win Game 7.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts have opened five of their last eight playoff series with a win in Game 1. New York has posted a 31-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in six of the last seven playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Kreider 2. Richards 3. Fedotenko


THE BIGGER PICTURE
For many Rangers fans, this was the first glimpse of what Chris Kreider is capable of achieving at the NHL level. But those in the organization who scouted him for more than three years already knew that he is going to have many games like this for the Rangers.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (25:04)
Shots -- McDonagh (4)
Hits -- Callahan (8)
Blocks -- Callahan, Fedotenko (3)
Takeaways -- Three players tied (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (24)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 1 LINEUP VS. WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Steve Eminger
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider Artem Anisimov Carl Hagelin
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Ryan McDonagh
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Stepan/Hagelin
Brandon Prust Ruslan Fedotenko
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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