Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Braden Holtby was near-impossible to beat in goal once again, as the Capitals edged the Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in Washington to take three-games-to-one lead in their second round playoff series.
The Blueshirts must now win the remaining three games of the series to advance. Game Five is Friday night at The Garden.
After a scoreless first period, the Rangers got on the scoreboard at 6:12 of the second, on a goal by Derick Brassard, off a great pass from Martin St. Louis, to make it 1-0. It was Brassard’s 5th goal of the post-season, most on the team.
Burakovsky evened the score at 16:29 of the second, after a Chris Kreider turnover in the Washington end. Burakovsky scored again, just 36 seconds into the third period, after a turnover by Ryan McDonagh, to give Washington a 2-1 lead.
Later in the third, at 8:01, Carl Hagelin was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down on a breakaway, but Holtby made a sparkling glove save on the penalty shot attempt. Holtby made 28 saves in the win.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots and played well again. He has allowed only 15 goals in nine post-season games this season, a 1.67 GAA. But the Rangers’ offensive woes continued; they’ve scored only five goals in four games this series, and only 16 goals in eight post-season games. The team is also only 1-of-9 on the power play this series.