The Washington Capitals came out firing in the first period of Game 4, an essential must win for the club after their triple overtime loss in Game 3 on Wednesday night. At times it felt like the Caps were simply on a really, really long power play, and at the 12:43 mark of the period, Alex Ovechkin got a result out of it.
It was an awful turnover by rookie Chris Kreider that led to the shot from Ovechkin, which Henrik Lundqvist got a piece of with his glove but couldn't keep the puck out of the net. The goal gave the Caps even more jump, and as the period carried on, they continued to get a number of quality chances.
The Rangers knew they had to do something to turn the tide at the start of the second period, and they certainly came out with more aggression and energy as the second frame got underway. They started winning board battles and races to loose pucks, and, they pulled the score even when Brooks Laich lost a puck in his skates in front of goalie Braden Holtby. Artem Anisimov was there to throw it in the back of the net.