Mike Green scored a goal eight minutes into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers while the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
The Capitals have a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Ducks lead the Red Wings 2-1 in their Western Conference series.
In other games last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 to tie their series 1-1 and the Los Angeles Kings trail the series 2-1 after a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.
The playoffs continue today with the Pittsburgh Penguins traveling to the New York Islanders to break a 1-1 series tie, the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the Minnesota Wild with a 2-0 lead, the Ottawa Senators host the Montreal Canadiens tied at 1-1 and the San Jose Sharks will try for their third straight win over the Vancouver Canucks.
At Verizon Center in Washington, neither the Capitals nor the Rangers could muster a goal in regulation play.
“Sometimes you just need a goal,” Rangers center Brad Richards told reporters. “There’s a thousand things we can go over in a 0-0 hockey game going into overtime, but it comes down to just scoring a goal and making a big play and we didn’t get that.”
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby had 24 saves, while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist tallied 37 saves.
The third-seeded Capitals travel to Madison Square Garden tomorrow, where they will meet the sixth-seeded Rangers for Game 3.
At TD Garden in Boston, Joffrey Lupul scored two goals to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead after Nathan Horton fired the first goal for the Bruins at one minute, 56 seconds of the second period.
Phil Kessel scored a goal 53 seconds into the third period for the Maple Leafs, Johnny Boychuk added one for the Bruins 10 minutes later and Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk ended the scoring with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
Toronto hosts Boston in Game 3 tomorrow.
At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Nick Bonino scored on a power play at 15 minutes, 29 seconds of the second period to give the Ducks their first goal. Anaheim got three more goals over 13 minutes from Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey.
The Red Wings host Game 4 tomorrow.
At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Slava Voynov scored four minutes, 56 seconds into the second period to give the Kings their first win of the series.
The Kings will try to even the series on their home ice tomorrow.