The Rangers came out fast and showed the urgency they claimed they needed in the first period and outshot the Capitals 17-4 — a far cry from the 14-3 edge Washington held through 20 minutes on Saturday.
The shots were already one-sided when Stralman fired one in from a bad angle that beat the shaky-looking Holtby between the pads. Stralman skated in from the right point, went around forward Matt Hendricks, who had dropped to the ice to attempt to block a shot that never came, and finally let a drive go from the bottom edge of the right circle to make it 1-0 at 10:44.
New York's 17 shots were the most by either team in a period during this series, three shy of the Rangers' total in their 3-2 loss in Game 4, and three more than they had in winning Game 1.
The Rangers also came out hitting, connecting throughout the period that featured crushing blows by Callahan and Del Zotto. Washington had set the physical tone just 8 seconds in when Troy Brouwer leveled Ryan McDonagh behind the New York net.
Notes: Stralman scored his first two career NHL playoff goals — both on the power play — in the Rangers' first-round series win over Ottawa. ... Washington is 6-1 in the playoffs when it scores first. ... The Capitals are 3 for 16 on the power play in the series. ... The Rangers won Game 3 in triple overtime 2-1.
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