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The Hockey Guys:
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
Photo courtesy of Bill Kostroun/Associated Press
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
The puck will drop on Thursday night between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals for the 20th time in the last five postseasons, the last time taking place just a year ago in the 2011-2012 Conference Semifinals in which the Blueshirts eliminated the Capitals in game seven to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
While the matchup is familiar, the teams involved have made some changes and aren’t necessarily the teams they were last spring. Washington is without Alex Semin but has a more experienced goalie than he was in the last playoff matchup and a new head coach in Adam Oates, while the Rangers changed things up at the trade deadline sending Marian Gaborik to Columbus in exchange for a few younger players that lack the Stanley Cup Playoffs experience.
The Rangers lead their regular season series against the Capitals 2-0-1, outshooting their opponent 8-5 in those three games in which they face...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
John Tortorella takes a lot of heat from the press for his demeanor during post game press conferences, but last night he should have gotten a medal for biting his lip (00:25 mark)...
To watch at NHL.com, click here.
....did that reporter seriously ask Torts if the Rangers strategy for Game 2 will be to have LESS traffic in front of Holtby? In the history of the NHL,...
Before the Rangers take on the Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tonight, here are my three keys to the game that the Rangers need to do to come out with a win in Game 1. 1. It is vital that the Rangers keep their cool and survive the first period. A [...]
In Rick Nash's first playoff game as a Rangers and just the fifth of his career he fired 16 shots with eight of them making their way on goal, but, unfortunately for the player the Blueshirts signed to provide the offense they were lacking in last year's postseason, none of them found the back of the net. Nash has just one playoff goal in his career.
Here's Nash on...
We've posted some pretty classic tattoos over the years here on Outside the Boxscore but this one takes the cake as the best NHL one.
Check out this Washington Capitals fan who has part of the Capitals script logo tattooed on his knees:
(Courtesy of Next Impulse Sports)
Let’s start with the series that we all are paying very close attention to. A look at the Capitals- The Capitals started this shortened season on a rough note as they sat at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but dating back to March 21st the Capitals are 15-2-2. Alex Ovechkin has seem to have found his [...]
Michael St. Croix (4th, 2011) scored the only two goals in Game 7 of the WHL Eastern Conference Finals to propel the Edmonton Oil Kings to the WHL Finals against the Portland Winterhawks. St. Croix’s ninth of the playoffs came at 14:05 of the first period, and his tenth of the postseason came at 4:33 of the second. The young winger also finished with a +2 rating. In 16 games this...
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Yes, I’m aware out-puck-possessioning isn’t a word.
The Rangers out-shot the Caps last night by a margin of 36-30. The Rangers out-hit the Caps by a 41-32 margin. The Rangers out-Corsi’d (out-possessed) the Caps by a +16 margin. But yet, the Rangers lost. All of these stats would make you think that the Rangers outplayed the Caps. But, leading...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
A year ago, we knew exactly who and what those guys were when the playoffs began. They were Black-and-Blueshirts and they were Bluebloods who for the most part had been nurtured within the organization and had coalesced to earn top seed in the East.
Now, though, as the first round of this year’s tournament opens here tonight against...
BRING IT ON
The Washington Capitals and their fans are riding high in light of the team’s 3-1, home ice victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals playoff series. One big-time Capitals backer in the crowd at Verizon Center — who also happened to have some sweet seats — came to the arena prepared to razz Rangers surly head coach John Tortorella...
#6 New York Rangers at #3 Washington Capitals (27-18-3)
Location: Verizon Center
Time: 7:30 PM
TV: Local: Comcast SportsNet, National: NBC Sports Network, Canada: TSN
Radio: 1500AM & 820AM
February 17 in New York: 1-2 Loss
March 10 in Washington 1-4 Loss
March 24 in New York 3-2 Shootout Win
Familiar Faces of Former Capitals: D Roman...
If the Rangers do one thing during their playoff series against the Capitals, it must be to stay out of the box.
Not only did the Capitals have the number one power play in the NHL with a 28.6% success rate (44 power play goals) this season, they generated just 63.7 percent of their total goals via even-strength play, which amongst playoff teams, only Detroit generated less of...
The Rangers could have very easily won Game 1 if they took advantage of the numerous opportunities presented to them. Here they are...
Carl Hagelin misses short-handed breakaway in second period...
To watch at NHL.com, click here.
...ugh, don't want to say game over if Hagelin scores there, but Rangers would have had a strangle hold on the game.
Things were looking bleak for the Washington Capitals in early February.
Playing a new system under a rookie head coach, with a shortened training camp and zero exhibition games thanks to the lockout, Alex Ovechkin and Co. won only two of their first 11 games. Somehow, Washington wound up atop the Southeast Division and hosts the New York Rangers on Thursday night to begin an Eastern...
Searching for exactly what the New York Rangers' high-priced
forwards did in a 3-1 loss in Game 1 of the first-round series
against Alexander Ovechkin's Capitals on Thursday night takes you
to the back page of the score sheet.