Friday, May 8, 2015

Kreider, McDonagh, Stepan Help Keep Rangers Alive

Chris Kreider (Boston College) notched the tying goal with under two minutes remaining in regulation, and Ryan McDonagh fired in  the game-winner 9:37  into overtime as the New York Rangers staved off elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Kreider scored above from the left circle on a snapshot with 1:41 left to keep the Rangers alive, while McDonagh (above, far left) then blasted home a shot from the left side through a screen to end it. Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) set up both goals for New York, which had lost the last two games in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

 Curtis Glencross (Alaska Anchorage) had put Washington up, 1-0, by tapping in his own rebound with just over nine minutes left in the third period for his first career NHL playoff goal. New York outshot Washington on the night, 43-29.
Kreider faced McDonagh and Stepan in the 2010 NCAA Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, where Boston College blanked Wisconsin, 5-0, to win its fourth national title and second in three seasons.
Washington still leads the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Game 6 will be contested Sunday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

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