***IN THE SLOT*** LAST NIGHT'S STARS IN THE NHL
1. HENRIK LUNDQVIST G NEW YORK RANGERS
There was a reason that we had Lundqvist rated number one on our list of Prime Goalies for most of the past season. In the last two games he has demonstrated why he is the best goaltender in the NHL. Yesterday he was perfect with 35 saves, some of them just unbelievable against the Capitals high powered offense that features Alexander Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom and Mike Green among others. Lundqvist had 24 wins in the regular season with a 2.05 GAA and a .926 SP. "The King" has allowed the Rangers to move to the next round against the Big, Bad, Boston Bruins. Lundqvist should be the first goaltender to be drafted in your pool this fall.
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The Capitals have already turned the page on their loss and are focusing on fixing their mistakes for Game 4.
"It's unfortunate," Mike Green said after the team's 4-3 loss. "We wanted to be up three, but we have a lot of work to do and we knew we would." The Capitals got the first goal of the game, then the Rangers held three one-goal leads as the Caps answered back twice.
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Mike Green followed up his game-winning goal Saturday with a tying goal late in the second period of Monday's eventual 4-3 loss to the Rangers.
At the time of Green's goal, the Capitals were all over the Rangers after New York took a 2-1 lead earlier in period. Then, Green snapped a shot in between Henrik Lundqvist's glove and helmet and it looked as if the Capitals were going to turn the game around. Despite tying the game again in the third on a Jay Beagle goal, the Capitals couldn't convert on a 6-on-4 power play for nearly two minutes at the end of the game and now lead the series only 2-1 instead of 3-0.
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Mike Green's Capitals teammates have taken to calling him "game-over Green" due to his propensity to score game-winning goals.
Green was humble after his most recent game-winner, which lifted the Caps to a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon. "I think the whole game was patience - whoever was going to make the mistake first," Green said. "Just a lucky one tonight. What an effort before we got that power play by the guys that were on the ice, pressuring their D. They had no choice but to try to go off the glass and they made a bad play." His most recent overtime winner was the 18th game-winner of the talented blueliner's career and the eighth of which that has come during extra time. That's an impressive track record, especially for a defenseman.
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Mike Green scored the lone goal in Washington's 1-0 overtime win against the Rangers on Saturday.
Mike Ribeiro and Alex Ovechkin each recorded an assist for the Capitals, who now have a 2-0 series lead. Ovechkin also chipped in with seven shots on goal and seven hits. Steve Oleksy led the team with eight hits. John Carlson blocked a team-leading four shots.
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Mike Green lit the lamp twice for the Capitals in their 3-2 overtime win against the Bruins on Saturday night.
Green also had an assist, and he now has points in four straight games, seven altogether. When Green is healthy and going well, he is one of the best offensive-minded blueliners in the game. That he's playing so great now is a big plus for the Capitals entering the playoffs. Eric Fehr potted the game-winner, while Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro had two assists apiece.
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The Capitals earned one point against the Senators this season.
Granted, the Senators were playing for their playoff lives Thursday and the Capitals had already clinched, but the Sens currently are slated to face the Caps in the first round of the playoffs. Ottwa outshot the Capitals 25-4 in the third period and overtime. "They came to play tonight. They skate hard and they skate fast, they're on us and they put the pressure on and it's tough to create anything," Capitals defenseman Mike Green said. "But we just came out flat. I don't know what it is the last couple times we've played against them. But it's the way it's gone."