Goals are once again at a premium, as the top seeded Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Washington Capitals and No. 8 seed New York Rangers are tied after the first period in Game Two of their first round series.
In what has once again been a hotly contested and quick moving battle (Joe B's words, not mine), both teams have failed to light the lamp against their respective pipe minders, Capitals' goalie Michal Neuvirth (13 saves) and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (seven saves).
As in Game One of this series, Washington has had quality scoring chances and simply failed to capitalize. Verizon Center faithful have to be happy with the hometown five's continued effort to crash the net at every opportunity in an effort to score in any way possible. The score sheet will show the Capitals being outshot by six, but Washington most definitely has had the best scoring chances in period one.
In a bit of a surprise, this update and the game at large has not referenced Sean Avery, a surprise play by Rangers' coach John Tortorella.