Mike Green scored the winner eight minutes into overtime on the power play as the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 1-0 in Game 2 Saturday afternoon to take a two games to none lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Green scored his 18th career game-winning goal and eighth game-winning goal in overtime on the power play after Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh took a delay of game penalty for putting the puck over the glass.
“Our play in OT is to get it in his hands most of the time,” goaltender Braden Holtby said of Green. “He’s a money player like that, and he did it again.”
Green brushed off his goal as a “just a lucky one. It could have been any of us.” The power play converted for the second time in the series, while the Rangers’ man advantage fell to 0-for-7.
“We’re just too stagnant,” coach John Tortorella said. “We’re just almost paralyzed.”
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was on the game-winner, too. He never saw Green’s shot.
“I picked it up when it hit the post, pretty much,” Lundqvist said.
McDonagh skated 3:04 (with a timeout in between) before taking the penalty. He did not blame fatigue.
“I just was trying to get the puck to, I think, [Brian] Boyle there up the wall and just got a little too under it,” McDonagh said.
Earlier in overtime Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy took a puck-over-the-glass penalty, but his teammates were able to kill it off.
“It’s a funny game,” Oleksy said. “Fortunately we were able to capitalize and credit to our power play and credit to our PK for killing it off.”