Capitals Just Nip Rangers, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Joel Ward wanted Alex Ovechkin to hear him over the din at Madison Square Garden. So, the depth forward screamed at his superstar teammate.Maybe he should do it more often.Ward got Ovechkin’s attention and drove the Russian’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist with 1.3 seconds left to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on April 30 in Game 1 of their second-round series.“I took a hard whack at it and it went in,” Ward said. After the goal was confirmed by replay, Ovechkin kissed Ward on the cheek.“I heard (Ward) screaming so loud,” Ovechkin said. “I just wanted to throw the puck (to him). As soon as I went to the bench and I saw the replay, it was a clear goal. We’ll take it.”Following a mostly ceremonial face-off, the teams skirmished at center ice, sparked by New York’s displeasure that Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t penalized for hitting Dan Boyle from behind on the play that led to Ward’s goal.To a man, the Rangers acknowledged that they let up, expecting referees Chris Rooney and Kelly Sutherland to blow the play dead.“I saw (Boyle) get hit (and) go down,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “I kind of hesitated.”Ovechkin opened the scoring with a power play goal with 1:47 remaining in the first period. Jesper Fast tied it with 4:39 left in the third, tipping Kevin Hayes’ point shot past goalie Braden Holtby.Holtby made 31 saves, and Lundqvist stopped 27 shots.Game 2 is May 2 in New York.“I don’t care,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said, when asked if the 12:30 p.m. start for Game 2 could benefit his team. “We’ll play whatever time the game is.”The Capitals ended a two-game losing streak against New York in the playoffs. Washington also lost three of the four regular-season meetings with the Rangers.“They’re a very talented team,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said about the Rangers, who finished the regular season with the most points and wins in franchise history. “There’s a reason that they finished No. 1 in the regular season.”In the first period, with New York center Dominic Moore in the penalty box for holding, Ovechkin carried the puck into the offensive zone and whipped a shot past Lundqvist from the top of the left circle for his third goal of the playoffs.In 27 career playoff games against the Rangers, Ovechkin has 11 goals and 10 assists. He led the NHL during the regular season with 53 goals, 25 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals.Ovechkin’s goal was Washington’s first playoff score against Lundqvist in 138:13 dating to Game 6 of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.“He’s a rare talent in this league,” Trotz said about Ovechkin. “He’s very similar to Mark Messier. Those rare talents that can play a very heavy game (and) intimidate you with speed. He can intimidate you with his skill and his physicality.”Holtby was aided by some misfires from New York’s shooters.In the second, Carl Hagelin pushed Fast’s cross-ice feed wide of the net. Later in the period, Derick Brassard couldn’t jam a loose puck in the crease past Holtby. Martin St. Louis’ slap shot from the slot 3:56 into the third was blocked by Karl Alzner.“Adjustments will be made,” New York center Derek Stepan said. “One of the biggest adjustments will be shooting more pucks.”Lundqvist was strong, too. He made a glove save on Backstrom with 5:28 left in the second. In the third, he stopped Brooks Laich’s wraparound attempt and John Carlson’s off-wing drive.“It’s a tough one, it really stinks,” Lundqvist said. “We will regroup and come back.”(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Holly RobinsonPeetes Autism Charity Helps Sandy Victims

first_imgSpecial Needs Network is partnering with Los Angeles-based autism organizations The HollyRod Foundation and Wake Up For Autism for a disaster relief drive to help families impacted by autism and related developmental disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy.“Because our South L.A. families know about the hardships of scarcity,” said SNN President & Founder Areva Martin, Esq., “we know how important it is to come together and help the families on the East Coast during hard times like this.”From now until Thursday, November 15th, they are collecting donations at the SNN headquarters, located at 3530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 1670 , Los Angeles , CA 90010 . Among items needed the most are: coats, jackets, sweaters, and similar warm clothes, shoes, socks, pajamas, hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, diapers, and other children and baby items. Well wishes included in handwritten notes are also appreciated, as folks who have lost their homes could use a little cheer!“Our thoughts are with everyone who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy and we hope our donations will aid in their recovery,” said actress and HollyRod Co-Founder Holly Robinson-Peete.In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in Atlantic City , NJ on Monday night with winds up to 90 mph that killed at least 102 people, millions have been left with no power, no gasoline, and no inclination on when their lives may return to normal. While businesses are expected to get power back by Saturday, it could be another week or more for homes in the suburbs and more distant towns along the coast.Estimates currently place the total damage at $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses, making Sandy the 4th costliest U.S. catastrophe, just behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 9/11 attacks, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.“The need is great and will be ongoing, and we are humbled to be in a position to be able to provide assistance to all those who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster. I’m pleased to be working with my friend Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, who will receive and distribute the items we collect for families”, said Jodi Gomes, Founder of Wake Up For Autism.The Sandy Disaster Relief will go from now until November 15th. Special Needs Network’s office will receive all donations and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. They are located at 3530 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 1670, Los Angeles , CA 90010. If you have any questions, contact them at (213) 389-7100 or [email protected] For more information on Autism or Special Needs Resources, please also visit www.wakeupforautism.com and www.hollyrod.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more