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Discuss: Ovechkin bounces back, scores winner in Game 2 vs Rangers

Apr 30, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals warms up against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

For most of this game, the story was the lack of playing time that Alex Ovechkin was receiving, then, with one shot he changed the narrative. Ovechkin’s game-winning goal might not be a cure-all, but it’s certainly a powerful statement. He stepped up when Washington Capitals needed him the most, which is something we haven’t seen a ton of from Washington’s highest paid players in this postseason run.

The final score of Monday’s contest was 3-2 in favor of Washington and the series is now tied at 1-1.

Here are a few post-game notes:

  1. taytay099 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Good for him. Glad he got the last laugh tonight after all the chants from the crowd at him.

  2. caps247 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Definitely agree. Classic Ovie, despite what the haters say. Him scoring a few game winning goals should shut up the critics… I can’t wait for the showdown to continue down in Chinatown at the Verizon Center — MSG can be loud, but the VC can be louder

  3. oconnor007 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Absolutely beautiful shot by Ovechkin, But I feel like for long stretches the Rangers outplayed the Caps.

    Let’s see what happens Wednesday night…

    • stakex - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      Oh there is little doubt that the Rangers were the better team in this game pretty much everywhere but where it matters most.

      • oconnor007 - May 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        I feel like in a long series, this is something positive to build on though…especially since Ottawa outplayed the Rangers in so many of the 1st round games

  4. stakex - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    That was a great shot by Ovechkin, but that was such a BS penelty call on Richards. Carlson is the one who bumped Richards, and then he just fell down. A horrible penelty call with 8 minutes left in an important playoffs game… and a really bad way to see a really good game end.

    • davidpcoelho - May 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Stop them then.

      That is what the Caps did when the refs called a penalty on them with two minutes left in the Bruins game 7

      There were bad calls on both sides all night. I believe there was a missed tripping on one of your goals as well…

  5. tackledummy1505 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Lol ha ha ha ha Rangers suck! Knew Henrik couldn’t last 100+ games. Can’t play sit on it hockey and hope it rides you to a cup. I really hope to play the Rangers, but we’ll see.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      you really are a mental patient. like i say to you in every post where everyone gives you thumbs down, you have no idea what youre talking about. you need to keep reminding yourself, all you keep saying is how bad the rangers are when they absolutely demolished the flyers all season long. 25-11 they outscored them, they outhit them by a 2:1 ratio. they beat the flyers 6-0! including the winter classic on natl tv. also, hard for the rangers to play sit on it hockey when they were down 2-0. you keep penciling the flyers into the eastern finals. win this series first. im going to put your atrocious theory to rest. the rangers finished 3rd in defense which is phenomenal, and 12th overall in scoring, which means they finished in the top half of the league. To make your pt look even worse, they were one of the worst teams in hockey on the PP, which means they finished top 5 on offense in 5 on 5 play. You look so bad because its a rangers and caps thread and if you scroll up, the caps fans are being perfectly fine and then you have some retarded flyers fan talking smack. youre the worst. and sorry to break the news to you, usually teams that win the cup win with great goaltending and defense, so you lack a valid argument. you keep saying, when do the rangers play a complete game, like i said before, no clue, but they had 6 really good ones when they demolished the flyers all season long. take a hike already. learn some class by some of these other fans. flyer fans for the most part are knowledgeable and youre disgracing them. hit the sheets you clown.

      • tackledummy1505 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Ok jkay and this is the last time I’m going to say this, PLAYOFFS ARE A DIFFERENT BEAST THAN THE REGULAR SEASON!!!!! You can’t always go off of what teams do in the regular season. If that was the case then the Stanley Cup would be automatic to the President’s Trophy Winner. Yet, gee LA beat Vancouver didn’t they? Brian Bouche versus Henrik Lundquist in a shootout to get into the playoffs? I would’ve taken Lundquist 9 out of 10 times in that situation, but it was that 1 chance that we beat you. Get over your regular season victories. If you get bounced from the playoffs by the Capitals, you’ll just say, “The Flyers are lucky, cause we would’ve beaten them in the Conference Finals. Cause we beat you 6 times in the regular season.” Tool bag shut up and take your loss like an idiot. Rangers play that boring sit on the lead hockey and they hope that Lundquist can get them the win. Here’s to your goalie bailing your aweful team out, once more!!!

      • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM

        why don’t we all just calm down. we’re one game into the second round. let’s focus on the devils and busting Penguins fans balls. we’ll deal with the Rangers if/when we face them.

        Let’s all use this energy and excitement to make fun of GenoPringles. I think that’s something we all enjoy

    • epictron1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Coming from a Flyers fan, the Rangers clearly don’t suck since they are the top seed and beat the Flyers every time the Flyers played the Rangers. Their style of defense added with Lundqvist will be difficult for any team to beat.

      That being said, the Rangers biggest issue (in my opinion) is their offense. When your team scores two goals a game, it’s going to be difficult to win hockey games, especially in the playoffs. While the Flyers defense and goaltending has been suspect, it’s hard to keep a lead against a team that constantly scores three or more goals.

      Finally, while I would like to play the Capitals in the next round, I think it’s better to play the Rangers. I say this because if the Flyers do get to the Stanley Cup Finals, they will be playing teams similar to the Rangers. I don’t want an easy path, just to get swept in the Finals because of their path.

      • davidpcoelho - May 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        As a Caps fan, I appreciate this critique. I hate the “your team sux” type fan. Right now, everyone is good…it’s the playoffs.

        I would love to see a Flyers/Caps series. One because that means we (Caps) move forward and two because it let’s me see what Hunter can do to adjust to a different game style.

  6. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    hOLTBY!!!!!! CAPS!!!!! keep grinding guys those corners!!!!!

  7. cspsrbums - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Stakes if you watched the game he was holding his stick not that they fell down. That’s what the penalty was. Caps tried to play a whole period of D That’s why it looked like they were out played they turn offense on when need like tonight now be a good loser and stop whining Rangers lost

    • stakex - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      The Caps didn’t “turn it on”…. they recieved two power plays in the last 10 minutes of the game that lead to their only offensive push in the 3rd period. Other then that they struggled to generate much against the Rangers. Not that the Rangers were able to do a whole lot with their plentiful chances, but they still had them.

      And no, I’ve seen it from several angles, there was no holding of the stick by Richards on the interference call the lead to the goal. Your thinking of the first Rangers penelty in the 3rd…. the one the Caps didn’t score on. On the interference call Carlson just ran into Richards and fell down, and they called it interference. Reguardless the out come of the game, it was an awful call at that point of an important playoff game.

      Anyway, we’ll see whos “whining” in the end.

  8. babykaby - May 1, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    This Ryan Dadoun guy is stupid. Just wanted to point that out in case someone didn’t recognize the fact. He probably actually describes himself as a writer. What a joke. This is probably the first time he ever watched a hockey game. Stupid!!!

    • govtminion - May 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      …wow. Any particular reason for that, or just announcing in-general that you didn’t like the article?

  9. tonyromoisterrible - May 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Plain and simple….. How far did boudy take the CAPS????? Media is looking for a reason to stir something up when there isn’t anything to be stirred up. The caps are a team. They are playing as a team and their captain is acting like a captain should. Watch this team shock people this year.

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