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Kreider Shoots Rangers Past Capitals In GM 1 [VIDEO]

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Playing in just his sixth NHL game, all of which have come this postseason, Chris Kreider broke away from Washington’s defense and rocketed a shot past Braden Holtby to break a 1-1 tie in the third period, helping the Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Capitals on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, as New York takes a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Semifinals match up.

For Kreider, who turns 21 on Monday, it was his second career goal – the first, was Thursday night’s deciding goal in Game 7 against Ottawa.

New York got on the board first, as Artem Anisimov stuffed one through Hotlby in the second period. But the Capitals got even as Jason Chimera beat Henrik Lundqvist with just four-seconds remaining in the second.

After Kreider gave the blue shirts the advantage, he assisted on Brad Richards’ goal, pushing the lead to 3-1.

The Rangers’ defensive effort was as solid as it’s goalie (who saved 17 of 18 shots), as Ruslan Fedotenkoand and Ryan Callahan helped kill the Caps’ power play in the second, which was a 5 on 3 for about thirty-seconds.

Video courtesy of NHL.com:

Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 Monday night at MSG.

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