On Thursday against the Caps, Carl Hagelin scored the only Rangers goal.
Hagelin was also stopped on a breakaway and hit the crossbar in the third period off a feed from Derek Stepan.
Hagelin played 17:15, had four shots on goal, one that was blocked and one that missed the net.
The goal was Hagelin’s first career playoff goal and he told the Daily News that he felt good and understands that he needs to be at a higher level than he was at during the regular season.
Dan Girardi said in Newsday that Hagelin was the best Ranger in game one.
Brian Leetch said that Hagelin was “excellent” on Thursday and was noticeable on every shift.