I have so many jokes about this picture, but Ian won’t let me make any.
The rested Rangers came out flying in the first period of the first game of the second round, but it was weary Washington who scored first. A pitched battle followed– with plenty of end-to-end action and shoulda-been-coulda-been goals. A late goal by the Rangers made it a contest, and just as we prepared for overtime, something happened.
On a power play late in the first, Alex Ovechkin gained the zone and carved a Christmas ham with a sneaky shot. With five minutes left, the Rangers tied it up after a looooong offensive-zone session. No big deal– Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward combined for the clutchest of clutch moves you’ve ever seen.
Caps beat Rangers 2-1. Caps lead the series 1-0. Hahahahahaha
— Mike Thomas (@thetactleneck) May 1, 2015
— Noah Tanenbaum (@noah10tbaum) May 1, 2015
Tanner Glass was lost and confused being in the offensive zone for that long, had no choice but to stick the goalie in the neck to stop it
— john aka bobson dugnutt (@toshanshuinLA) May 1, 2015
Andre Burakovsky scanning of the night (pic by @alekseevalice)
And now: HOLY CRAP, JOEL WARD. HOLY CRAP, ALEX OVECHKIN.
OVECHKIN WENT SOLO INTO THE OFFENSIVE ZONE WHEN ANYONE ELSE WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP ON THE PLAY. THERE WERE FOUR (4) RANGERS ON HIM AS HE PUSHED THE PUCK DEEP. “I’LL THROW THE PUCK ON THE NET” OVI MUST HAVE THOUGHT. “NOTHING WILL COME OF IT PROBABLY, BUT IT’LL BE FUN MAYBE.”
AND THEN JOEL WARD WAS THERE AND HOLY HELL LIFE IS GOOD WASHINGTON CAPITALS.
Game two on Saturday. Breathe deep and eating something green between then and now.
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