New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 22 saves on 25 shots Monday.
The Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards (No. 10) beats St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott with assistance of a screen by Dustin Penner only 31 seconds into Game 2. The tally ignited a four-goal barrage for the Kings, who are now 5-0 on the road in these playoffs following a 5-2 victory.
The Los Angeles Kings congratulate goalie Jonathan Quick (No. 32) after grabbing a 2-0 series lead with a 5-2 win at St. Louis. Quick made 27 saves in the game.
The penalty boxes are full with three Los Angeles Kings players and four St. Louis Blues players during the third period. With the Kings dominating from the get-go, the game grew in animosity as the game wound down, with more than 100 minutes in penalties ultimately called.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene loses his helmet in tying up St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald during the second period Monday.
Who needs five?
Kings center Anze Kopitar (No. 11) beats St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott for a short-handed goal in the first period of Game 2. It was the Kings' fourth short-handed goal of this postseason, and was set up by a steal by captain Dustin Brown, who has a hand in all four short-handers (2 G, 2 A) for the Kings.
That was inevitable
With the Kings winning Game 1 and taking early control of Game 2, a fight was a certainty. So allow Dwight King (No. 74) and B.J. Crombeen to provide your first-period, ummm, entertainment. The Kings would score three goals between this fight and the end of the period.
A rare sight
St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes a first-period save in Game 2 on Monday. The Los Angeles Kings put 16 shots on net in the game's opening 20 minutes, and got four of them past Elliott.
Welcome to New York
The Capitals' Karl Alzner (No. 27) is sandwiched between the Rangers' Derek Stepan (No. 21) and Ryan Callahan (No. 24) during Monday's first period. Expect the hitting to only intensify from here on out, as teams fight to be one of the NHL's final four remaining teams. At Madison Square Garden on Monday, the Capitals surrendered a 2-0 lead but got a late goal from Alex Ovechkin to win the game 3-2 and even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1.
New York right wing Ryan Callahan (No. 24) scores a goal on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (No. 70) during the third period on Monday. The goal tied the game at 2-2, but only 5-1/2 minutes, as . . .
. . . Ovie finally strikes!
Teammates greet Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin after he scored the winning goal in the third period of Game 2. Silent in the series to that point, Ovechkin now sends the Capitals home with home-ice advantage.
On the board
Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (No. 22) scores the Capitals' first goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, in the first period of Game 2. The Caps would add another goal in the first period in a dominant first period.
And there it is
Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (No. 25) makes it 2-0 despite the efforts of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (No. 27).
Let the celebration begin
Washington's wing Jason Chimera (No. 25) raises his arms once he knows that the puck is indeed in the net on Monday.