May 15, 2013
Arron Asham serves as table setter for Rangers
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

Rangers right wing Arron Asham reacts as he scores past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in the third period of Game 3 of their NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 6, 2013. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

WASHINGTON - That Arron Asham provided one of the funniest quotes of the opening round series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals didn’t qualify as breaking news.

However, the fact Asham delivered the deciding goal in a battle that went the distance and featured five one-goal games is another prime example of the age-old storyline that unlikely heroes often make their mark during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Few people — including Asham himself — would have expected the Portage la Prairie product would be the one guy that notched the game-winner.

Yes there he was, accepting a drop pass from Chris Kreider at the top of the circle and unleashing a slapshot that beat Capitals goalie Braden Holtby high to the glove side at 13:19 of the opening the period, silencing the hometown crowd at Verizon Center that was brought out of their seats earlier in the same shift before Mike Green was stoned by Henrik Lundqvist on a breakaway.



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