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New York Rangers
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a series. The Rangers held serve at home, tying the series at two games apiece in the process. Now the series shifts to Washington with the Rangers knowing they can outscore Washington if need be. That is a big mental advantage for a club that is nowhere near as skilled as the Caps. The bad news is that Marc Staal is still out, and likely will be for the remainder of the series. The Rangers have won without him, and a win tonight gives the Rangers a chance to clinch at home on Sunday.
Be sure to catch up on everything you need to know for this series:
Game Four goal breakdown
Game Three goal breakdown
Game Two goal breakdown
Game One goal breakdown
How the Caps will match up lines
Keys for Ranger success
Special teams may decide series
Scouting Braden Holtby
Previewing the Caps systems
Caps will be a tough series for the Rangers
Series Lead: Series tied 2-2
NYR Playoff Leading Scorer: Derick Brassard (1-4-5)
WSH Playoff Leading Scorer: Mike Green (2-2-4) / Mathieu Perreault (1-3-4)
NYR Playoff Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (4 GP, 2.44 GAA, .923 SV%)
WSH Playoff Goaltender: Braden Holtby (4 GP, 2.20 GAA, .927 SV%)
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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed until Torts releases the lineup):
Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Taylor Pyatt
Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle
Ryane Clowe-Derek Dorsett-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Scratches/Injuries: Darroll Powe (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), Kris Newbury (healthy), Chris Kreider (healthy)
Broadcast Info: NBCSN/MSG, 7:30pm
BEST OF MAXIM
This was a tough one. The Rangers played a very good game again, but came up short in overtime for the second time this series. After giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead early, Brian Boyle undid his goodwill by taking a stupid penalty by slashing Mike Ribiero. Naturally, the Caps scored on the powerplay, and eventually won it in overtime. Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head again, but Braden...
While it's great to hear that Marc Staal was back on the ice this morning, that's pretty much where the good news ends as far as his return from an eye injury.
After announcing that he will not play in Game 5 tonight he added this about what went into his decision to pull himself from Game 4 (via NHL.com)...
"On the ice it didn't go particularly well, and...
During today's brief practice, Chris Kreider was the first guy on the ice and and the last off as he did skating and shooting drills on his own, likely preparing himself to re-enter the Rangers line-up in Game 6 tomorrow for the injured Ryane Clowe, who did not practice today along with Darroll Powe (concussion).
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record notes that John Tortorella...
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A lot of noise has been made about how coach John Tortorella deploys his defensemen. Most of this is due to the coach playing five defensemen during last year’s playoff run, but some new noise has been made recently when Steve Eminger was benched for half of Game Four. But a lot of this is just noise, and the Rangers don’t even have a defenseman in...
Yesterday, Brian Boyle was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) and discussed the Rangers current series against the Capitals, John Tortorella and an apparent elbow injury last year...
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...i really do love listening to these guys on the radio....
Not only has Rick Nash failed to produce goals in his first playoff run with the Rangers, his scoring chances seem to be decreasing significantly according to Adam Gretz at CBS Sports who gives this chart as proof...
Here was Nash after last night's 2-1 overtime loss in which he produced just two shots on goal (via Newsday)...
"I had some chances to make something...
You have to fee bad for Marc Staal who was able to play in game 3 but mised game 4 and won't play tonight.
The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1 in overtime, tonight. Washington now leads the series 3-2. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...what? Did you actually think the Rangers were going to allow us to enjoy a stress free Mother's Day weekend? I think you know this team better than that.
...absolutely putrid effort on offense. No...
Alex Ovechkin is one of the game’s best offensive players, but his defensive skills — and efforts — are simply embarrassing.
At least they were on Wednesday night, when he was gliding through his defensive zone as the Rangers put up a third period insurance goal at Madison Square Garden.
Check out his pathetic attempt at backchecking in the video below, and if you have kids...
#3 Washington Capitals at #6 New York Rangers
Capitals Lead Series 3-2
Location: Madison Square Garden
Time: 4:30 PM
TV: Local: CSN, National: CNBC, Canada: TSN
Radio: 1500AM & 820AM
Game 1, May 2 in Washington: 3-1 W
Game 2, May 4 in Washington, 1-0 W (OT)
Game 3, May 6 in New York, 3-4 L
Game 4, May 8 in New York, 3-4 L
Game 6, May...
The NHL announced today that Alexander Ovechkin was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player, as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Ovechkin won the award twice in a row in 2007-08 and 2008-09. He was also a finalist for the award in 2009-10.
Photo: Washington Post
Already a finalist for the Ted Lindsay...
One of the most exciting 2013 NHL playoff series has to be the Eastern Conference quarterfinals match-up between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals.
With the series tied at 2 and game five heading to an overtime period, things appeared to be getting tight on both sides.
With nine minutes gone in the overtime period, Capitals defenseman Mike Ribeiro ended the game...
The Washington Capitals have called up right wings Joey Crabb and Tom Wilson from Hershey of the AHL ahead of Friday's Game 5 against the New York Rangers.
Crabb and Wilson joined the Capitals on Thursday. The Capitals-Rangers series is tied at two games apiece.
The Capitals needed a right wing after Martin Erat suffered an upper body injury in Game 4. Coach Adam Oates said...