NHL: 'Game Over Green' comes through as Caps go 2-0 in OT

2013-05-05T00:00:00Z NHL: 'Game Over Green' comes through as Caps go 2-0 in OTThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals held firm when they were a man down, then won it on Mike Green's latest extra-time winner, topping the Rangers 1-0 Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

It was the eighth career overtime goal - and first in the postseason - for the defenseman whose more well-known nickname is "Game Over Green."

"When it gets to overtime and guys start to get the shakes a little bit, he's still calm Mike Green," teammate Karl Alzner said. "So he's able to find those goals. We call him 'Casual Mike' every now and then."

Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his first career playoff shutout for the Capitals and has stopped 59 of 60 shots in the series. Game 3 is Monday in New York.

Green got his chance because the Capitals' power play - the best in the NHL during the regular season - finally returned to the ice thanks to the rule that sends a player to the box when he "shoots or bats" the puck "directly" over the glass while in his defensive zone.

The Rangers had done a better job staying out of the box after taking too many minors in Game 1, but the officials had no choice when defenseman Ryan McDonagh clearly committed the error 7:09 into overtime.

"It comes down to: They score on their power play and we don't," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said.

• Ducks 4, Red Wings 0: In Detroit, Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim on a second-period power play - 18 seconds after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman - and the Ducks took a 2-1 series lead.

Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman square in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct with 4:49 left in the second. Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey scored in the third period for the Ducks.

• Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2: In Boston, Joffrey Lupul scored two goals as Toronto evened the first-round series at one game apiece.

The Maple Leafs played aggressively from the start after a weak performance in a 4-1 loss in which the Bruins were much more physical. But that changed early in Game 2 as Toronto delivered 22 hits in the first period to just 10 for Boston.

Phil Kessel gave Toronto a 3-1 lead on a breakaway 53 seconds into the third period.

• Kings 1, Blues 0: In Los Angeles, Slava Voynov scored in the second period, and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots for his fifth career playoff shutout as Los Angeles cut the St. Louis series lead to 2-1.

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