facebook
twitter
search
search

NHL: New York Rangers 3, Washington 1

April 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- Chris Kreider and Brad Richards each scored third-period goals Saturday, propelling the New York Rangers past Washington 3-1 in Game 1 of their playoff series.

Kreider netted an open-ice goal after catching the Capitals on a line change 7 minutes into the final frame, breaking a 1-1 tie, and Richards followed that with a close-in tally 1 1/2 minutes later.

Kreider added an assist for his first career two-point game and Artem Anisimov also found the net for the top-seeded Rangers, who grabbed a 1-0 lead in their seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series against Washington.

Henrik Lundqvist wasn't sorely tested in the contest, turning aside 17-of-18 shots to earn the victory for New York.

Jason Chimera scored and Braden Holtby stopped 11-of-14 shots in the Caps' loss.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Cleveland Indians rookie Anderson hurls gem against Tampa Bay Rays
Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds hold off Minnesota Twins
Moreland, Gallo lead Texas Rangers in rout of Baltimore Orioles
Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers rally past Philadelphia Phillies
MLB Game Summary - Minnesota at Cincinnati