By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
Since Day One, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella couldn’t stress enough the importance of being well-conditioned throughout an 82-game schedule as well as a potential deep run into the playoffs. Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Capitals made that philosophy vividly clear.
In a series that has thus far been dominated by strong defensive play and an inordinate amount of blocked shots, Game Three was expected to be no different.
After the Rangers had a difficult time penetrating the middle of the ice against the Capitals, Ryan Callahan converted on the powerplay – a powerplay that has begun to show signs of life- a little less than halfway through the second period. But just five minutes later, Capitals forward John Carlson took advantage of a defensive breakdown by the Rangers and evened the score at one.
And this is how it would remain for the next three and a half periods. But what it ...