from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, The trouble with playing the near perfect road game and holding the opposition to just 14 shots is this: A mistake as simple as a blown line change can ruin it all.
It would be an overreaction to place all of the blame for Washington’s 3-1 loss to the Rangers Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden on Capitals defenceman Mike Green’s lapse in the third period. But after Green lazily headed to the bench at the worst possible time, he put his team in deep trouble.
Until that point, the game had been all about what the Capitals were doing to throttle down the Rangers attack. Clogging up shooting and passing lanes, blocking shots and frustrating everything the fired-up Ranger were trying to do out of the gate.
Consider that the Rangers went a full 11:04 between their second and third shots of the game and that even though they had more than six minutes of power-play time, managed just 14 shots total.
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