Chris Kreider made sure the second period belonged to the . Just 40 seconds in, Kreider broke into the offensive zone and forced a backhand shot past goalie Braden Holtby for the early 1-0 lead. It took 18 minutes for the Rangers to score again, with Kreider finding a goal with just 0.3 seconds left on the clock.
To say that momentum swung in the second period would be a massive understatement. The Rangers were outshot 18-4 in the second period, and it was only by the grace of Henrik Lundqvist that they kept a one-goal lead by the end of it. Washington managed to get one on the board early with a Jason Chimera goal in the first minute.
The Rick Nash and Dan Boyle to push their lead to three goals.kept up their pressure in the third. In fact, the Rangers were outshot 28-8 over the final two periods. Even so, the Rangers used goals from
But the inevitable Washington comeback started midway through the period. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Joel Ward both scored to bring their team within a goal, but the rally fell short as the Rangers pushed the series to Game 7.
3 things we learned
1. Chris Kreider is everything Rick Nash is not this series.
With Steven Stamkos' struggles in Tampa Bay, it's understandable how Nash's similar problems have flown under the radar. Nash only had one goal in the playoffs until Sunday, but the young Kreider has filled his power forward role nicely over the course of the series. Game 6 was his best performance yet, with two goals in the first to set the tone for New York.
2. No first or final minute was safe.
Bolstered by Kreider's bookending goals in the first period, the Capitals and Rangers combined for four goals in the first or last minutes of each period in Game 6. Considering how most of those goals came against Washington, you have to wonder how prepared they were after each intermission.
3. Washington blew it.
The Capitals have now had two chances to eliminate the Presidents' Trophy winners, including a Game 6 on home ice.That will be haunting them as they play in New York for Game 7, where the Rangers are extremely difficult to beat.