Anton Stralman took a penalty early in the first period last night and Alexander Ovechkin blasted a shot past Henrik Lundqvist 88 seconds into the game.
Following the game on MSG, Dan Girardi said Washington “came out really hard. Our effort wasn’t where it needed to be in some parts. We knew they were going to come hard in an elimination game.”
Girardi added the team did its best to not let the early goal from Ovechkin bother them.
Derek Stepan said on MSG “early on it wasn’t exactly the start we were looking for. It just wasn’t a very good start. We take a penalty and they score a goal.”
John Tortorella thought the Rangers regrouped from their bad start, but noted, like most of the players, that the start and the effort wasn’t up to par with what the Rangers needed.
#Rangers Boyle: “We wanted to close them out tonight and we didn’t. So it’s a bad feeling right now.”
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikElBashir) May 10, 2012
Adam: The Caps had this confidence about them at the start, maybe it was because of the goal, but they looked like the team that was working to close out a series and the Rangers looked tentative and like they were the ones who were punched in the stomach on Monday night. Luckily for the Rangers, Game 7 is in their building and the crowd should provide a level of support and confidence when the puck drops.