Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist denies scoring attempt from Caps’ Alex Ovechkin at point-blank range

Alex Ovechkin has made a big impact on the first two games of his Capitals’ second-round series against the New York Rangers. He nearly scored his fifth playoff goal this year in the first period of Game 3 Monday in D.C., but Blueshirts star goalie Henrik Lundqvist expertly turned away his point-blank one-timer.

Through the first two games of the New York Rangers/Washington Capitals second-round playoff series, Alex Ovechkin has made his presence known with astonishing goals and electrifying play. The Capitals star winger nearly did early in Game 3 Monday night in D.C., but Blueshirts goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Ovechkin’s one-timer from the slot to keep the contest scoreless.

Washington was on the power play near the midway part of the first period when Ovechkin (who had four goals and eight points in nine games entering Monday’s action) found himself all alone in front of the net with the puck after a smart pass from teammate Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin took his best shot from up close, but the 33-year-old Lundqvist made a solid shift from his left post to meet the Russian sniper squarely and turn the shot away:

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The Capitals eventually scored Game 3’s first goal in the second period, making Lundqvist’s stop on Ovechkin all the more important. With Caps goalie Braden Holtby looking as stingy as always, two goals could well be enough to put the Rangers down 2-1 in the series.