Updated 04/29/2012 10:46 AM
Rangers Open Playoffs' Second Round With 3-1 Win Over Capitals
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The New York Rangers are on a roll.
The Broadway Blueshirts opened their second-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Chris Kreider and Brad Richards scored within a 90-second span during the third period to put the Rangers on top.
Artem Anisimov opened the scoring midway through the second period for New York, with Washington's Jason Chimera getting the equalizer in the finals seconds of the period.
The win was the Rangers' third in a row, following wins in games 6 and 7 in their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist needed only 17 saves Saturday to secure the victory.
The win came one day after Lundqvist was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL's regular season Most Valuable Player. Lundqvist is up against Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the honors.
The last Rangers player to win the Hart Trophy was Mark Messier in 1992.
The top-seeded Blueshirts advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night with a 2-1 win over Ottawa in Game 7 of their first round playoff series. Seventh-seeded Washington advanced Wednesday night by knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in overtime of their Game 7.
This is the third playoff meeting in the last four years between the two teams, with the Capitals having won the first two.