Rangers Vs. Capitals, Game 1 Final Score: Big Third Period Propels New York To Victory

Chris Kreider has two goals in his NHL career. They're both playoff game-winners.

Kreider, in just his sixth career game, capitalized on a Mike Green miscue seven minutes into the third period of Game 1 when he broke up the ice, received a pass from Derek Stepan and ripped a shot low to the glove side of Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. It gave the New York Rangers a 2-1 lead, and Brad Richards' goal 1:30 later all but wrapped up the victory for the top-seeded Rangers.

"Mike Green miscue" was perhaps the difference in Game 1. He was also at fault on New York's first goal of the game when Artem Anisimov beat him behind the Capitals goal. Green wrapped his arms around Anisimov, who just dragged the defenseman with him to the front of the net where he beat Holtby.

Holtby didn't have one of his best games in the postseason, and he probably should have had several of the New York goals. The teams combined for just 32 shots total, so it's possible that Holtby had trouble getting into a bit of a rhythm in Game 1. The second game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal is scheduled for Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more on the Rangers, check in with Blueshirt Banter. For more on the Capitals, check in with Japers' Rink.

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