Down two games to none, the New York Rangers were facing what was tantamount to a must win in their first-round NHL playoff series against the Washington Capitals last night in Game 3. On home ice at Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple, the Rangers scored a vital win. And key to that win was feisty Native forward Arron Asham, Métis, who scored a huge goal for the Blueshirts. Early in the third period Asham slapped the puck past Caps goalie Braden Holtby to put New York up 3-2. They'd go on to win 4-3, setting up a crucial Game 4 back at the Garden on Wednesday night.
Throughout his long, successful career, Asham has been primarily a physical fourth-line presence, not a lethal offensive threat. But when he does score, it's thrilling–and often clutch. Before last night's shot hit the back of the net, Asham's previous goal scored this season also came against the Caps, back on March 24. Watch what Deadspin.com called a "sweet sniper goal" here. And watch Asham's goal last night here:
Meanwhile in La La Land last night, the Los Angeles Kings pulled off an exciting come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Blues to even that series at two games apiece. This despite Native skater T.J. Oshie, Ojibwe, scoring two goals, his first two of the playoffs. The Kings aptly named Dwight King, Métis, though, caused a crucial turnover and then assisted on the game-winning goal midway through the third period. That tally put the defending Stanley Cup champs up 4-3, which was your final score. The squads are heading back to St. Louis for Game 5 in the best of seven tussle on Wednesday.
Watch King in action last night here:
Around the League
Wade Redden, Métis, and the Boston Bruins routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in the first NHL playoff game played in Toronto since 2004. Redden was plus-3 on the night. Bruins lead that series two games to one, with Game 4 facing off Wednesday night.
The Detroit Red Wings leveled their series with the Anaheim Ducks at two games apiece in Hockeytown, taking the game in overtime 3-2. The Wings are appearing in the postseason for a record 23rd consecutive season. The squads will meet again Wednesday night.
Montreal Canadiens face the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 in Canada's capital. The Sens are up two games to one in that all-Canadian series.
Pittsburgh Penguins try to survive Game 4 at the Coliseum versus the at-home New York Islanders. The Pens lead that series two games to one.
Chicago Blackhawks are again in the "State of Hockey" for Game 4 against the Minnesota Wild. The Hawks are up two games to one in that scrappy series.
Vancouver Canucks try to escape the "Shark Tank" to keep the series alive when they face the San Jose Sharks in the Bay Area. Sharks lead 3 games to none.