WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington Capitals blanked the New York Rangers for a 1-0 win in Game 3 on Monday night at the Verizon Center. The Capitals now have a 2-1 series edge heading into Game 4 on Wednesday night.
How it happened: The Capitals got on the board in the second period, when third-line center Jay Beagle got a favorable bounce as he swept behind the net and backhanded the puck off the skate of Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle at 7:31. Washington’s Andre Burakovsky registered his first playoff point with an assist on the play. The Rangers launched a furious comeback attempt in the third period, but Capitals goaltender Braden Holtbyyielded nothing, posting his second career shutout in the playoffs.
What it means: The Capitals held court on home ice, snagging a victory and stifling the Rangers offense. They didn’t even need Alexander Ovechkin on the score sheet. No. 8 was still an absolute force, however, with a slew of scoring chances and several big hits. The Rangers have to do a better job of containing him moving forward or he could single-handedly take over this series. Offensively, Rick Nash had one of his most active and engaged performances of the postseason, yet he could not find the back of the net. Breakout rookie Kevin Hayes turned it on in the final frame but couldn't solve Holtby, either.
Player of the game: Holtby of the Caps. Both goaltenders, Holtby and Lundqvist, have been phenomenal this series. But Holtby got the best of his Rangers counterpart with an 30-save effort to blank New York. Kudos to both netminders, who were unflappable in the waning minutes of the third period, despite the frenetic pace of play.
Stat of the game: The Capitals now are 19-1-4 when forward Beagle scores a goal, according to Comcast Sportsnet. Beagle’s goal was his first point of the series. The 29-year-old veteran now has three goals and seven points in 33 career playoff games.
Up next: Game 4 is Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at the Verizon Center.
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