Forward Carl Hagelin picked up his first career playoff goal in the first period Thursday night, which gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The 24-year-old had gone 17 playoff games without a goal. He finished the night with four shots on goal, which tied his career-high he set in Game 4 against the New Jersey Devils in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.
Hagelin now has three points in eight playoff games against the Capitals in his career. Last season, he had two assists in their second round matchup, which the Rangers won, 4-3.
Callahan Extends Point Steak
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan had the primary assist on Hagelin’s goal, which extended his point streak to eight games dating back to the regular season. He has five goals and seven assists during the stretch.
Callahan added three blocked shots in 21:09 of ice time. He now has 20 points in 48 career playoff games, including five points in 15 games against Washington.
McDonagh Adds Assist
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was credited with the second assist on Hagelin’s goal to give him nine points in his last 15 games dating back to the regular season. He finished Game 1 with two hits in 23:33 of ice time.
McDonagh now has five assists in 26 career playoff games.
Nash Returns to Postseason
Rick Nash skated in his first postseason game since 2009, and finished with a playoff career-high — and game-high — eight shots on goal in 23:04, which was also a career-high. His previous high was four, while his previous high in ice time was 22:45, which he set in Game 3 against the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Girardi Tops in Ice Time
Defenseman Dan Girardi led all players with 29:00 of ice time Thursday in Game 1. His ice time was the most he’s recorded in a non-overtime playoff game since he logged 31:17 in Game 4 against the Ottawa Senators last season. He added a team-high four blocked shots, as well as three hits.