Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/14
NEW YORK -- In goaltender Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals have a rookie to thank for their presence in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In forward Chris Kreider, the New York Rangers have a rookie to thank for their advantage in the series. Playing in just his sixth professional game, Kreider scored a goal and assisted on another, lifting the Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals in the opening game of the series Saturday. The Capitals gave the Rangers difficulty, limiting them to just 14 shots on goal, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves on 18 shots to backstop the Blueshirts to their second win in less than 48 hours. The Rangers held the Capitals to one shot on goal through the first 12 minutes, but Washington ended the scoreless first period with a 6-4 shots advantage, not counting a Nicklas Backstrom shot that rang off the goalpost behind Lundqvist. The Rangers got on the board 12:28 into the second period on the first goal of the playoffs ...
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