Lundqvist was excellent, saving 30 of 32 shots for his fifth win of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The veteran Rangers goalie has allowed two goals or fewer in ten consecutive starts at Madison Square Garden.
Fresh off a disappointing overtime loss in Game 1, the Rangers wasted no time righting wrongs in Game 2. New York caught the Capitals napping just 38 seconds into the game when winger Chris Kreider scored off a rebound to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead. Dan Boyle would add another with five minutes left in the frame, ending Washington's streak of 17 straight successful penalty kills.
The advantage would hold through most of the second period thanks to Lundqvist. While the Rangers outshot the Capitals through two periods, Washington managed to create numerous quality scoring chances of its own. Lundqvist was perfect until Evgeny Kuznetsov finally broke through at 13:59 in the second period to narrow Washington's deficit.
But the Rangers' offensive barrage would not let up, and Derick Brassard scored six minutes into the third period to restore New York's two-goal lead. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby finished with just 32 saves on 35 shots in the loss. Alex Ovechkin made things interesting late with a terrific goal to bring the Capitals within one and extend his point total in the series to four. But Lundqvist shut down the late comeback, and New York escaped with a tied series.
1. Lundqvist was solid yet again.
Goaltending wasn't the reason New York lost Game 1, but it was certainly the reason the Rangers won in Game 2. Lundqvist played one of the best playoff games of his career, stopping 30 shots to get his team a crucial win. The saves he made weren't pedestrian, either. They were often spectacular, especially in the second period when the Capitals ramped up the pressure.
2. Evgeny Kuznetsov could be the secondary scoring threat Washington needs.
When Ovechkin's offensive antics were kept at bay in the second period, the young Russian winger stepped up his game in response. Kuznetsov tested the Rangers for most of the game with good chances and finally managed to break through with his second-period goal. It was the first (and so far, only) time in the series that the Capitals scored without Ovechkin on the ice.
3. Alex Ovechkin is not like the rest of us.
He is better.