Found May 05, 2012 on New England Sports React:











The Capitals won game four 3-2 to tie their second round series with the Rangers at two games apiece. 

The Washington Capitals pulled out the victory today against the New York Rangers, but it was an extremely close game.  The Capitals had the better of the play in the first period and went ahead 1-0 on an Alexander Ovechkin powerplay goal.  The rest of the period saw very little action and no scoring.  During the intermission, Rangers coach John Tortorella must have said something to his team because they stormed out of the gate to start the second period.  Artem Anisimov tied the game for the Rangers just a minute ten into the second period, but the Capitals responded.  The Rangers then scored another goal to tie the game but were unable to take the lead even though they dominated the period.  The Rangers had numerous chances in the third, but failed to capitalize.  This left the door open for Washington, and with just under six minutes remaining in the game Mike Green blasted home a shot on the powerplay.  This turned out to be the game winner as the Rangers could not get another puck behind Braden Holtby.

This game completely shifted the momentum in this series.  Had New York taken a 3-1 series lead it was all but over.  Now that it is tied up, either team could win.  I give the edge to the Rangers though.  Not only are they the number one seed, but game five will be at Madison Square Garden, as well as game seven, if it is needed.  Washington has proven to be a tough team to play against in these playoffs and it will not be easy for New York to win this series, but in the end the Rangers are the deeper and better team and should come out on top.  Just because I think New York will win does not mean that they will.  If we have learned anything these playoffs it’s that the lower seed can easily win a series and Washington has a great chance do that.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

- Jonathan Duncan


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