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Capitals Vs. Rangers, 2011 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Floodgates Open For Rangers, Lead Caps 3-0 After Two Periods

The Rangers had three goals in their Game 3 win Sunday. They have three in the second period.

New York pounced on the Caps in the second period and have a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Artem Anisimov scored his first career playoff goal at 5:24 off of the kind of lucky bounce that has characterized the series for the Rangers. Chris Drury deflected Michael Sauer's initial shot into the end boards, but it found its way to Anisimov's stick. Anisimov fired the puck on net, banked it off of Matt Hendricks' leg and past Michal Neuvirth.

Then the floodgates opened. Marian Gaborik scored his first goal in a month at 13:40 when a bad clearing attempt by Washington gave Ruslan Fedotenko enough room to send a backhanded pass to Gaborik for a one-timer in the crease. Just seven seconds later, Brandon Dubinsky struck for the Rangers right off of the ensuing faceoff to give them a 3-0 lead. The two goals against in seven seconds is a Capitals playoff record.

The Rangers were 29-0-0 when leading after two periods during the regular season, so the Caps will have to work quickly if they have any chance to make a comeback.