Six first-period penalties disrupt rhythm of Rangers-Capitals Game 1

For the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s first game between the Rangers and the Capitals at the Garden, officials were blowing surprisingly happy whistles.

The game went to eight innings, with six penalties called in the first period and the Rangers winning 4-1.

However, the way this match was managed made it difficult to get into the flow of the match overall.

On April 21, 2024, six penalties were called during the first period of the Rangers’ Game 1 win over the Capitals. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“I thought there were too many penalties in this game,” said Jimmy Vesey, who helped the Rangers avoid all four of the Capitals’ power plays.

“I didn’t think much happened in the first period and I didn’t think much happened five-on-five. I don’t know, but at one point I looked up and the shots looked like 7-4, so at least in the first period I thought… I think it definitely had an impact.”

The Capitals wasted four chances, the Rangers missed two chances, and both teams were scoreless on the man advantage.

Three of the Capitals’ first four shots came on the power play, demonstrating how few points the Rangers gave up at 5-on-5 early in the game.

The first frame felt like a calming period for both teams, which became much more difficult to do under different circumstances.

If there were a statistic that tracked how many players were ejected from the faceoff circle on Sunday, it would probably be an astonishingly high number.

However, that did not affect the physicality of the match, and as the match progressed, the impact grew.

After the second intermission whistle, many players remained on the ice.

There was a lot of personal conversation with Capitals instigator Tom Wilson while he was in the middle of the Rangers’ group.

“Obviously they want to play physical, we want to play physical, and that’s the playoffs,” Barclay Goodrow said. “That’s what it means. Both teams are trying to do the same thing.”

By stopping 20 of 21 shots, Igor Shesterkin became the sixth goaltender in NHL history to allow two or fewer goals in 10 consecutive home playoff starts, and the first since Martin Brodeur. .

Chris Kreider played in 108 playoff games, the second-most appearances by a Rangers skater, ahead of Marc Staal.