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Rangers ride 3-goal 2nd period to Game 1 victory over Caps – The Rink Live

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Matt Rempe and Artemi Panarin scored 33 seconds apart in a three-goal second period as the New York Rangers opened the postseason with a 4-1 win over the visiting Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference first-round match on Sunday.

Jimmy Vesey had a goal and an assist to help the Rangers get a three-goal lead in the first 6:23 of the second after an evenly played opening period.

Barclay Goodrow collected two assists for the Rangers, who can take a 2-0 lead at home in the best-of-seven series on Tuesday evening.

Chris Kreider also scored, capping a breakaway with 3:43 left as the Rangers dominated most of the flow after gaining their lead.

Martin Fehervary scored in the second inning for the Capitals, who went 0-for-4 on the power play.

New York goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin made twenty saves.

Washington goalie Charlie Lindgren allowed four goals on 31 shots.

After taking the initial penalty of the game, Rempe cycled the puck around and emerged from behind the net on the right side of the crease. He was open at the edge of the crease and lifted Vesey’s ice pass past Lindgren 4:17 into the second.

A goal by Alexis Lafreniere on Washington defenseman Vincent Iorio helped the Rangers double the lead moments later. After the goal, Lafreniere made the pass from the right to Vincent Trocheck.

Trocheck served the puck to Panarin, who stood alone in the left faceoff circle, and lifted the puck on Lindgren’s right arm.

After the faceoff win in New York’s offensive zone, Vesey beat Washington defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk with the loose puck and from between the circles fired a shot past Lindgren with 13:37 left in the first.

The Capitals finally scored when Tom Wilson’s cross-ice pass to Fehervary deflected Mika Zibanejad’s skate in front of the net and past Shesterkin with 12:29 left in the second.

After the goals, the level of physicality increased and the second ended with Van Riemsdyk getting into a verbal confrontation with several New York players before the referees intervened.

Before the second match, the teams put eleven shots on target in a fiercely contested opening period.

Lindgren made consecutive scoreless stops on Zibanejad and Panarin on New York’s first power play and then moved slightly out of the crease to deny Zibanejad with about 5 1/2 minutes left.

Shesterkin kept the game scoreless by making a glove stop on Dylan Strome’s shot between the circles with about two minutes left.

–Field-level media